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Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that can occur in the ankles and feet and other parts of the body (wrists, shoulders).  Ganglion cysts are typically round or oval and are filled with a jelly-like fluid.  They usually are caused by some type of injury and can grow out of a joint capsule, which surrounds the joint, or a tendon sheath, which covers the tendon.  A ganglion cyst may be as small as a pea or as large as an inch in diameter.  Ganglions may get bigger as activity increases and more fluid collects. They may also shrink and may break and go away on their own.  Anyone can get a ganglion: adults between 15 and 40 years old are most likely to be affected.  Children don't usually have ganglions, but if they do, the ganglion will very likely go away without any treatment.

Ganglion cysts can be painful or cause a tingling or burning sensation if they press on a nearby nerve.  Other symptoms may include a dull pain or ache if the cyst is pressing against a tendon or joint and they can sometimes interfere with joint movement.

If you have no symptoms, no treatment is necessary.  In many cases, the cysts go away by themselves.  However, if your ganglion cyst is causing you problems, our doctors at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds can offer you a number of treatment options.

Our surgeon will perform a thorough examination of the ankle and foot.  The ganglion cyst usually can be diagnosed based on how it looks and where it is. Your doctor will also feel the bump and shine a light alongside it.  If the bump is a ganglion, the light usually shines through it.  You may need an X-ray if your doctor suspects arthritis or injury.  Your physician and surgeon may suggest trying to drain the cyst with a needle and then inject a steroid into the cyst.  This treatment is quite successful but sometimes the cyst returns and the treatment will need to be repeated.  Removing the cyst surgically is also an option. With a surgical treatment, the recurrence rate is much lower than with draining and injecting but there are still times when the ganglion cyst returns. 

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