Typically located on the ankle or top of the foot, but also occasionally formed elsewhere on the foot, ganglions are small fluid-filled swellings of the foot joint or tendon. They usually grow slowly, but can cause severe irritation when the size becomes too large.
Ganglions are usually caused by repeated irritation that weakens foot joint or tendon lining. If you wear boots or other restrictive footwear, you may be more susceptible to this condition. Individuals with bone spurs may also find that the pressure of these bony growths can cause ganglions as well.
Ganglion symptoms range from foot tingling and numbness all the way up to outright foot pain. These sensations are caused when ganglions come into contact with and put excessive pressure on nerves within the foot.
If you are concerned that you may have ganglions, it is important to seek the opinion of a podiatrist, as the appearance of a ganglion is similar to that of a tumor. Ganglion treatment methods range from pads placed around the ganglion to reduce pressure, fluid removal, icing and surgery. Contact our podiatry professionals today to discuss your symptoms, obtain a comprehensive diagnosis and find the Ganglion treatment option that is right for you.