What is this painful bump on the top of my foot?

Oftentimes painful bumps can occur on the top of the foot, generally without reason. One of the most common causes of this are ganglion cysts. A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with jelly-like fluid that originates from a tendon sheath or joint capsule. They can be caused by either a single traumatic event or repetitive micro-traumas.

There are several ways of managing ganglion cysts. In some situations they can resolve themselves, either permanently or temporarily. Padding and cushioning to support and deflect pressure from the bump also helps to reduce pain on the area both directly and indirectly. In the cases of long-term or no resolving cysts they can be aspirated and injected with local anaesthetic.

A visit to the podiatrist will help to determine whether you are dealing with a ganglion cyst and what the best course of action will be. Call our clinic at (07) 3823 5423 to see one of our podiatrists.