A ganglion cyst refers to a single tissue mass (bump, tumor) under the skin over joints or tendons of the foot, wrist, fingers, and other parts of the body. They contain a clear, viscous, gelatinous fluid and are almost always benign (not cancerous). Although they can be painless, they are usually associated with tenderness and pain that can restrict movement. The mass of the plantar fibromatosis appears on the sole of the foot on the plantar fascia.
A ganglionic cyst is caused by mild or chronic sprain in a foot joint or tendon, or irritation of the fibrous sheath (covering) of a joint or tendon. Sprains and irritation can be caused or exacerbated by:
Unknown but appears to have a hereditary and trauma basis.
See a physician to rule out other diagnoses, such as a cancerous tumor. Preventative treatment for athletes includes proper warm up and conditioning. Existing ganglion cysts and plantar fibromas can sometimes disappear spontaneously. Treatments include:
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