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A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jellylike fluid that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. The word ganglion means knot and is used to describe the knot-like mass or lump that forms below the surface of the skin.

Ganglion cysts are among the most common benign soft-tissue masses. Although they most often occur on the wrist, they also frequently develop on the foot- usually on the top, but elsewhere as well. Ganglion cysts vary in size, may get smaller and larger, and may even disappear completely, only to return later.

Although the exact cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, they may arise from trauma- whether a single event or repetitive micro-trauma.

A ganglion cyst is associated with one or more of the following symptoms:

 

  • A noticeable lump- often this is the only symptom experienced. 
  • Tingling or burning, if the cyst is touching a nerve.
  • Dull pain or arch- which may indicate the cyst is pressing against a tendon or joint. 
  • Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation between the lump and shoe.

To diagnose a ganglion cyst, the foot and ankle surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the foot. The lump will be visually apparent and, when pressed in a certain way, it should move freely underneath the skin. Sometimes the surgeon will shine a light through the cyst or remove a small amount of fluid from the cyst for evaluation. Your doctor may take an x-ray, and in some cases additional imaging studies may be ordered.

There are various options for treating a ganglion cyst on the foot:

  • Monitoring, but no treatment. If the cyst causes no pain and does not interfere with walking, the surgeon may decide it is best to carefully watch the cyst over a period of time.
  • Shoe modification. Wear shoes that do not rub the cyst or cause irritation may be advised. In addition, placing a pad inside the shoe may help reduce pressure against the cyst.
  • Aspiration and injection. This technique involves draining the fluid and then injecting a steroid medication into the mass. More than one session may be needed. Although this approach is successful in some cases, in many others the cyst returns.

When other treatment options fail or are not appropriate, the cyst may need to be surgically removed. While the recurrence rate associated with surgery is much lower than that experienced with aspiration and injection therapy, there are nevertheless cases in which the ganglion cyst returns.

If you believe you have a ganglion cyst and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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By CT Foot Care Podiatrists
December 27, 2012
Category: Sports

TCU guard Jarvis Ray injured his foot Tuesday night against Southern and will be out six to eight weeks.

Ray injured his foot when he came down from a jump shot and landed on the foot of a defender late in the Horned Frogs win over Southern at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

He's the third Frogs' player to have a major injury this season and to miss significant time. Forward Amric Fields is out for the season after a knee injury in the third game of the season. Freshman center Aaron Durley injured a knee before the season began and has been sidelined since.

The junior guard limped off the court and was helped to the training room. The injury occurred in the final minutes of the 68-57 win.

"I just feel bad for the kid. I know what Jarvis has been through. He was playing well and has his grades right," said TCU coach Trent Johnson.

Ray missed the last two months of last season because of academic reasons. He did not start on Tuesday, but had started the previous nine games, averaging 6.2 points per game.

If he returns during the expected time frame, he would be available for TCU's final six regular season games and the Big 12 tournament on March 13 in Kansas City. Johnson has a tight roster, with just 11 available players. Transfer Christian Gore will not be available until January 14th, due to NCAA rules.

"Everybody has got more to do. You've got to stay positive. We have to get through Christmas and the kids will get four days off," said Johnson.

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Whether you live in a cold weather climate or you're just vacationing in one, the winter season can be beautiful but also very dangerous, with snowy, icy walkways. Using caution when outside or travelling to wintery areas can help prevent ankle sprains and fractures from ruining your plans for enjoying the winter months.

Wear the right shoes for the weather.

High-heeled boots may be fashionable but not very practical on slippery surfaces. Shoes or boots with a low heel and traction soles provide a more secure footing. If you need to wear high-heeled shoes, change into them when you arrive at your destination.

Check for slippery areas.

Watch your step when exiting your car or walking out of a building. Take notice of any potentially icy areas. Keep your hands free to support and help provide balance in case you begin to fall.

Keep areas near doorways well-lit and clear of ice and snow. 

Areas around your house, especially stairs and sidewalks, should be well-lit so that you and your guests can better detect icy areas.

Don't ignore an injured foot or ankle.

If you do suffer an injury, don't delay in calling our office for prompt evaluation and treatment. In the meantime, the R.I.C.E. method should be followed.

Delaying treatment can result in long-term complications such as chronic ankle instability and pain, arthritis, or deformity. Remember, even if you are able to walk on the injured foot you may still have a serious injury.

If you are experiencing a foot problem, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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Australian tennis champ Casey Dellacqua will miss the Hopman Cup with a foot injury that threatens her plan to rebuild her career this summer.

Dellacqua was to join Bernard Tomic as the home combination in the mixed teams event in Perth, which would feature No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams on December 29th.

She was on the verge of returning to the top 100 after missing close to two seasons with feet and shoulder problems when she felt pain in her foot at a recent event in Osaka, where she was a quarter-finalist in the singles and claimed the doubles title with rising star Ashleigh Barty

She suffered a peroneal brevis tear during the tournament and says, "I'm so disappointed to withdraw from Hopman Cup due to a foot injury sustained in Osaka. It's a peroneal brevis tear and, although it's getting better every day, it's not going to be ready in time for Perth and I can't rush my return to competition."

Fellow Perth resident Bojana Bobusic suffered a similar problem for much of this year and won the wildcard playoff for entry into next month's Australian Open.

"I really hope I can try and play in Hobart if I'm ready and if I get a wildcard. I always love playing at the Hopman Cup. The people of Perth always get behind me and it's a great feeling to have so much support. I was also really looking forward to being part of history and playing at the new Perth Arena. Hopefully I have the chance to come back next year," Dellacqua said.

A replacement for Dellacqua has not been announced. Event director Steve Ayles said, "We are so disappointed for Casey that she's had to withdraw from the Hyundai Hopman Cup and wish her all the very best for a speedy recovery. I know how much playing this event means to her and how much she loves playing in front of her home crowd in Perth. Casey is concentrating hard on her rehab and is looking forward to playing again very soon. I'm sure everyone will join the Hopman Cup team in wishing her all the best for her Australian Open preparation."

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Senior center Barrett Jones rode a stationary bike in Alabama's first postseason practice of the year. His left foot is in a cast, and he'll probably be held out of practices until December 26th. Doctors will reevaluate him when he returns from Christmas break on December 27th.

When Jones met with reporters after practice on Tuesday on crutches, he didn't even wait for a question.

"All right. Sprained foot. Gonna be fine. Can't wait to play. That's that," Jones said.

"My foot is sprained. I'll be playing in the game. I'll be fine. I'll have this cast on I don't know how much longer, but not much longer. I'll be alright. That's all we're talking about the foot," Jones said.

Jones injured his foot during the first quarter of the Tide's 32-28 victory over George on December 1 in the SEC Championship game. He played through the injury, leaving for the locker room for just one play during the second quarter.

"I knew my teammates needed me. It never crossed my mind to come out," Jones said.

Jones has just a couple more weeks to recover from the foot sprain before Alabama's BCS Championship with No. 1 Notre Dame on January 7th. Coach Nick Saban hopes that Jones will be ready for the game. "He should be ok by then, but these things you've got to take day to day," Saban said.

'Everything Jones is doing is precautionary," Saban added.

Jones won the Rimington Award for the nation's top center, and has helped Alabama keep a balanced offense. He already has two national championship rings.

If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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