Essentially, a cyst is a pocket of tissue filled with air, fluid, or other substances. These growths can develop virtually anywhere on your body. There are various types of cysts, but the good news is that most are benign (noncancerous). Additionally, they generally tend to be harmless and can go away on their own. That said, it is always best to have any unusual growth properly diagnosed, because treatment might be needed.
A fairly common type of cyst that can develop on the foot is a ganglion cyst. These growths are noncancerous lumps often found along tendons or joints. They are typically round-shaped and contain a jellylike fluid similar to the lubricating fluid found around tendons and in joints. Ganglion cysts usually do not cause pain, unless they press on nerves.
Remember, if you ever observe anything out of the ordinary in your lower limbs, it’s best to find out what it is and how it will affect you, and we are here to help. You can reach our Medford, OR office by calling (541) 776-3338, or simply take a moment to request your appointment with Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle online right now.