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Bump on side of left foot

by Carrie
(Round Rock, Texas, USA)

Bump on Foot

Bump on Foot

I am a 35 year old female. I have what appears to be a cyst on the side of my foot... just diagonal from my ankle. I actually had a cyst on the same foot about 12 years ago... it was above my big toe and I had it surgically removed. So, I thought that surely this is what I'm dealing with again. I have been to my general practitioner who agreed with me that it may be a cyst... she sent me to the podiatrist who said, yes, it appeared to be a ganglion cyst and that we could schedule to have it removed. We decided to wait until after I got back from vacation. Then... after the "cysyt being there for nearly 2 months with no change in size or shape or anything else... 4 days after the appointment with the podiatrist is just disappeared. It was completely gone... no bump and not even a twinge of pain. It was completely gone for 2 full weeks. Then it started to come back. The first time it just appeared and stayed that way. But, this time... it took nearly 2 weeks to get in the state that it is currently in (see picture). There would be a bump one day and then it would go down. It would be soft at times and hard at other times. It would even go down some with massage. Now it's causing pain again and instead of just one bump it is now one main bump and a smaller secondary bump right next to it. I do work out regularly... step aerobics and other cardio 3 to 4 times a week (and hour each time)... I'm wondering if the impact has anything to do with this. Also.. there was no change in my regular activities between when the cyst was there and the time it was gone and now. Could it still be a cyst? Or is it something different? I will probably go back to the podiatrist again... but, we're in the middle of soccer season with 3 kids playing soccer... so, it may have to wait a few weeks before I have the time to go in. I am hoping to find some possible answers before then... or at least some possibilities. Thank you.


Hi Carrie,
I would certainly think your activity has something to do with the varying size of the cyst. Before I would have it removed surgically, I would have it drained and then see if it recurs.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Jul 20, 2017
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Painful foot
by: Pam

This may be a late comment about a foot that is painful when you first get up in the morning or after sitting for awhile.
A few years ago I experienced the same thing. It was Plantar Faciitis.
The Podiatrist fitted me with orthotics and within a couple days all was well. It is sometimes helped with an anti-inflammatory.
Hope this helps.

Dec 20, 2016
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Bump on side of foot...
by: Noelle

I am thinking you might have what is called a piezogenic papule.
A piezogenic papule is a pressure induced herniation of the
subcutaneous fat protruding through the fascial lining of the heel.
Commonly they are harmless; they are found in athletic and younger
people, women more than men; and they can also be found in people who are obese. These types of papules are not hereditary and are
found in people who are prone to long periods of standing. It
happens due to a defect in the facile lining of the foot. Found this
information at my dermatologist today as she diagnosed me with
one. If it is causing you pain you can have it injected with a steroid
and numbing combination to ease the discomfort and to possibly
break it down a bit. Other options...surgically excised, which doesn't
sound easy! Hope this helps.

May 29, 2011
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Bump on side of left foot as well
by: Dave

Hi,

I read your post about the bump... since I have the same bump on the same foot. Like you I exercise and noticed it the other day. it hurts slightly, but only because I have pushed on it since noticing it.

So did you end up having it removed?

Cheers

Nov 17, 2009
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Bump on center, and side of left foot
by: Anonymous

I have the same kind of pain where it hurts more when I first wake up and stand... I was told by others that is a bone spur, but I was also told edema can do the same and cause an actual large fluid filled lump... which I also have.. I was worried whether it was hematoma or Edema but my dad has edema and said it sounds like and appears to be edema.. I have not yet been to the doc but I think I have both bone spurs and heel spurs, and edema..

Nov 17, 2009
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Edema/ cyst/ foot pain
by: April

I have the same kind of pain where it hurts more when I first wake up and stand... I was told by others that is a bone spur, but I was also told edema can do the same and cause an actual large fluid filled lump... which I also have.. I was worried whether it was hematoma or Edema but my dad has edema and said it sounds like and appears to be edema.. I have not yet been to the doc but I think I have both bone spurs and heel spurs, and edema..

Feb 24, 2009
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hi,
by: kristy

Good luck,
hope it goes away soon.

Oct 20, 2008
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Similar "Foot Bump" Case
by: Kellie

Hi Carrie,
I was amazed to find your post as I have nearly the exact same symptoms, bump on the side of my right foot, etc. I'm 42 & teach fitness classes, (step aerobics, weight conditioning, etc.) I have not yet been to the Dr. about this but due to increased pain recently, I have thought I probably will make an appt. I was just wondering if you experience more pain when you first hit the floor in the morning and after you've been sitting for awhile & then stand. This is the case w/me. Like you, we are busy with three kids' activities, and I thought I might just wait to see if this subsides before going to the Dr. I also have a ganglion cyst on my wrist, which I had drained by a surgeon once, but it returned within a month, so I have now just left it alone. It usually doesn't bother me too much. I'm hoping that's what this is on my foot and that it will also become less painful soon.

Hope yours goes away for good soon!

Thanks,
Kellie

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