Ganglion cysts are round or oval non-cancerous lumps filled with a jellylike fluid that most commonly develop along a tendon near a joint in your ankle or foot.
Ganglion cysts can range in size from the diameter of a pea to a large-sized grape.
A ganglion cyst forms within the lining of a tendon-like a balloon full of thick lubricating fluid (similar to the fluid found in joints), to protect the tendon from irritation as it passes over a joint.
They can cause pain, tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness if they interfere with joint movement or press against a nearby nerve.
Age and sex
Ganglion cysts most commonly occur in women between the ages of 20 and 40.
People who suffer from osteoarthritis in the foot and ankle are at higher risk of developing ganglion cysts near those joints.
People who have previously injured their tendons are more likely to develop ganglion cysts.
In many cases, ganglion cysts will diminish in size and resolve on their own. If you have no symptoms, no treatment is necessary.
However, if your ganglion cyst is causing you trouble, our Doctors at Gotham Footcare, may suggest trying to drain the cyst with a needle and then administer a cortisone injection to decrease the inflammation surrounding the affected area. In some cases, surgically removing the cyst may be necessary with simple excision of the cyst. This procedure can be done outpatient with minimal to no downtime.
At Gotham Footcare in NYC, we strive at recognizing your individual needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan with the highest quality care available.
What sets Gotham Footcare apart from other podiatry offices is our dedication to providing you with the education you need to make well-informed decisions regarding your care. Regardless of what your foot and ankle trouble may be, at Gotham Footcare our team will work tirelessly to help you feel better. At Gotham Footcare, we help you put your best foot forward.