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Ganglion Cysts, Inclusion Cysts, and Plantar Fibromas

Most soft tissue masses that form on the skin are non-cancerous. Ganglion cysts, which often form on the tendons or joints of hands or feet, are usually small and round and filled with fluid. Inclusion cysts (also known as epidermoid cysts or epidermal cysts) are small bumps that slowly develop below the skin that often appear yellowish or white.Plantar Fibromas are nodules that form on the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that runs across the arch of the foot.Though these soft tissue masses are not typically harmful, they can be painful or unsightly depending on their size and location.

Cyst Treatment at RENOVA

Soft tissue masses can be painful and unattractive. Treatment at Renova Foot and Ankle can rid you of these annoyances and remove the discomfort from every day activities. Find out how Renova can help by filling out our contact form or giving us a call today.

FAQ: Soft Tissue Masses

When can soft tissue masses be painful?

Cysts and nodules can be if they form above a nerve or joint. Similarly, Plantar fibromas generally cause pain when walking because they form on the arch of the foot. Soft tissue masses usually become more painful as they enlarge.

What causes Ganglion cysts and inclusion cysts to form?

Ganglion cysts often form because of inflammation in a tendon sheath or joint capsule. Previous injury, overuse, and conditions like arthritis can cause a cyst to form. Most inclusion cysts form after surgery or trauma during which implantation of the epidermis (outer skin) into the dermis (lower layer of skin) occurs. An inclusion cyst may also result from damage to a hair follicle.

Will cysts go away over time? Can I treat them myself?

Sometimes smaller cysts will go away over time. However, you should not attempt to drain them yourself. If the cyst has become infected, the infection may spread elsewhere. Additionally, any part that is left behind could cause the cyst to grow back. Nodules like Platar Fibromas will not go away on their own and should be treated by a doctor if they cause you pain.

How are soft tissue masses treated by a doctor?

A doctor can drain cysts or remove soft tissue masses surgically. Sometimes, ganglion cysts grow back after they are drained. By removing a cyst surgically, your doctor can prevent it from coming back. Treatment for Plantar fibromas include corticosteroid injections to relieve pain, orthodics, or physical therapy. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics if a soft tissue mass has become infected.

Do soft tissue masses pose a danger to my health?

Few soft tissue masses that form on the feet are malignant tumors. Most are non-cancerous masses that can be removed or treated non-surgically. Only in rare cases have inclusion cysts given rise to skin cancers. Soft tissue masses can, however, become infected. If an infection occurs, be sure to see a doctor.

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