A cyst in the foot or ankle is a tumor located on the surface of a joint or tendon. Though it is benign (non-cancerous), these tumors consisting of thick, gelatinous fluid can disrupt normal motion and should be removed by a Seattle podiatrist. While the exact cause of a cyst (ganglion mass) is relatively unknown, it is believed they originate from trauma or flaws in the joint or tendon.
Ganglion masses, or cysts, are normally removed through surgery. Most cyst removal surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. During the procedure, the cyst is dissected from the surrounding soft tissues and removed. The recovery period depends on the location of the ganglion and the amount of dissection required during surgery. In many cases, patients receive a splint or below-the-knee cast. The surgeon may require the patient to use crutches for several days to up to three weeks. This level of protection may be necessary if the ganglion is near the ankle joint.
To learn more about how to treat these cysts, call our Seattle podiatrist team at (425) 678-3877.