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What is a ganglion cyst?

A ganglion cyst is a noncancerous fluid-filled mass. It tends to form near tendons or joints of the foot or ankle. They can also occur in the wrists or hands. They are typically round or oval in shape and are filled with a jelly-like fluid. 

The size of a ganglion cyst can range from pea-sized to large golf ball-sized. They can be non-painful, but they can become painful if they press on a nearby nerve. Depending on the location of the cyst it can cause shoe gear irritation.

If you have a ganglion cyst and it is causing you pain or discomfort you should contact your foot and ankle specialist to have the cyst addressed. The doctor will do a clinical examination, make a diagnosis, and determine whether or what treatment is needed. They may offer certain treatments including draining the cyst with a needle or having the cyst surgically removed.

Risk factors

Factors that may increase your risk of ganglion cysts include:



Visoth Chan, DPM Dr. Visoth Chan is the owner and medical director of Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. Following this, she received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the California School of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland. She subsequently completed her podiatric surgical residency at White Memorial in Los Angeles. She takes great pride in her role at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates and strives to make sure her patients have the best care possible. When not treating patients, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her daughter, Emmylou.

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