Should You Worry About a Lump in Your Foot?

At Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, we see a fair number of lumps and bumps on people’s feet. A lump or bump that hurts, swells up, or oozes pus needs our attention. Visit our Fairfax County podiatry office so the doctor can help with further attention. But what of other bulges, skin lesions, or bony knobs that aren’t giving you a problem? What are they, where do they come from, and should you worry about them?

  • Corns are growths of thickened skin that form on the tops of your toes. The skin is reacting to constant pressure and friction from poorly-fitting shoes or toe deformities.
  • Calluses are also bumps formed by pressure and typically found on the heel, big toe, and ball of the foot.
  • Heel bumps (Haglund’s deformity) form when you spend a lot of time wearing hard-backed shoes such as work boots, high heels, and dress shoes.
  • A bone spur can cause a small bump to form on the top of the toes or midfoot. They are another response to pressure or friction.
  • A viral infection can cause warts: fleshy, rough-textured lumps that form anywhere on the feet.
  • A bony bulge at the base of your big toe or pinky toe is called a bunion.

None of these lumps or bumps is inherently dangerous. But they can get worse over time and require a doctor’s care. Additionally, it’s important to remember your feet are not immune to skin cancer, which could appear as a lump or bump.

Call our office in Centreville, Virginia, if you have a lump on your foot that changes over time, shows up suddenly, give you pain, or makes wearing shoes or walking difficult. The same goes for any bump or skin lesion that you can’t identify or correlate to something obvious like tight shoes. Get professional diagnosis and treatment from our board-certified podiatrist, Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM. Call (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.

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