How to Deal with a Cyst

A cyst is a sac filled with fluid that emerges from your tendon sheath or your joint capsule. Cysts can appear anywhere on your body and it’s not uncommon for cysts to pop up on your foot and ankle. Most of the time it’s nothing to worry about and it will go away on its own, but here are a few things you can do to help keep your feet comfortable in the meantime.

  1. Pad Your Shoes – If you have a cyst on your foot, it’s likely that it’s causing discomfort when you have shoes on. Make sure that you use a pad on the area that sticks out so that you can prevent any rubbing of the cyst which will irritate it further. If it’s possible, you can also try to wear shoes that don’t touch the area at all.
  2. Aspiration Treatment – This is NOT something you can do at home. You should make an appointment with your doctor to see if you should remove the fluid using a needle. The fluid can be drained if the pressure from the fluid causes pain. If it continues to come back you might need to look at a surgical option.
  3. Address Inflammation – Don’t ignore inflammation that occurs because of a cyst. Normally a cyst can be present with no pain or other symptoms, but inflammation that doesn’t go away can be a sign that something more serious is happening. Your doctor may need to give you medication to help.
  4. Ice – If you have pain due to the cysts in your feet or ankle area, try using ice for 10-15 minutes to help reduce the inflammation. It’s only for temporary relief however so you should still make an appointment with your doctor to make sure it’s not getting worse.

If you have any questions or foot or ankle issues, contact Clifton Foot & Ankle Center in Centreville, VA. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm has been treating patients for over eighteen years and can help educate you further on any foot or ankle ailments. You can call our office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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