Lumps and Bumps

What are Lumps and Bumps Which Affect the Foot?

The foot can be affected by various types of lumps and bumps, commonly referred to as ganglions, cysts, bone protrusions, or nodules.

These growths can cause discomfort and may vary in size over time. The friction caused by shoes rubbing against these bumps can further aggravate the condition, making it quite painful for the individual experiencing it.
What Causes Foot Lumps and Bumps?

The root cause of foot lumps and bumps can be elusive, with many cases having no clear origin.

In certain instances, trauma is identified as a contributing factor; however, it’s not uncommon for these growths to develop seemingly without any identifiable reason.

What are the Treatment Options for Foot Lumps and Bumps?

Treatment depends on the level and frequency of pain.

Non-surgical Treatment

Wearing a wider shoe can make a difference but this is not always practical. Insoles are generally unhelpful. You might wish to try a ‘puncture and drainage’ outpatient procedure, or a steroid injection into the cyst but the evidence is that this is unlikely to be a permanent cure.

Surgical Treatment

Nodules on your foot such as small fluid filled sacs known as ganglions or cysts can interfere with a joint or tendon and if painful can be surgically removed.

What Happens After Surgery?

Surgical removal of ganglions or cysts from the foot typically involves a small incision and takes around 15-30 minutes. Risks include pain, infection, deep vein thrombosis, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Specific complications may include unsuccessful outcomes, increased swelling and pain with excessive activity post-surgery, recurrence of the ganglion/cyst, numbness around the surgical site, and development of scar tissue causing discomfort. Your podiatric surgeon will discuss these risks with you prior to the procedure.

What Happens During Surgery?

After foot surgery to remove ganglions or cysts, you’ll be transferred to the ward where nurses will provide guidance on post-operative medication. A member of the medical team will address any questions you have and discharge you from the hospital. It’s important not to drive after foot surgery, so you should arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home. You’ll also receive information about your follow-up appointment, either on the day or through a letter in the post.

Your podiatric surgeon, with years of experience in treating ganglions and cysts, can provide detailed explanations of your treatment options during your consultation.