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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Foot Cyst Treatment?

Foot cysts are often asymptomatic. However, they can become uncomfortable and painful when located near a nerve. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our doctors are experienced in diagnosing and treating foot cysts. Our well-trained team of specialists provides patients with guidance and advice to make the best treatment choices.

A foot cyst, also known as a foot ganglion cyst, is a sac-like structure filled with clear fluid that develops on top of a tendon or joint on the foot. The cyst may appear as a mass or bump between 1-3 centimeters in diameter. The size of the foot cyst can change and the cyst itself may disappear and reappear unpredictably on its own. For unknown reasons, such cysts are much more common in women than in men.

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There are many ways to treat and manage the symptoms of a foot cyst:

  • If the cyst is not painful, no treatment is needed.
  • Wear shoes that do not rub against or apply any pressure to the cyst.
  • Wear a pad inside the shoe to relieve pressure on the cyst.
  • Aspiration and injection is a typical procedure in such cases, consisting of aspiring the fluid out of the cyst and injecting steroids into the cyst. This gets rid of the cyst, however, in most cases it is a temporary solution and the cyst does return.
  • Surgery may be necessary when the cyst is too painful or causes too much discomfort.

Symptoms of Foot Cysts

Foot cysts present with a few common symptoms:

  • A lump is the clearest sign of a cyst
  • Pain or discomfort may accompany the presence of a cyst
  • A tingling sensation may be felt at times in the cyst area
  • A large number of cysts come with no symptoms

Diagnosis of Foot Cysts

  • Examine your foot and press the lump to assess texture, hardness, and motion range
  • Doctors will remove some of the liquid on the spot
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI 

Risk Factors for Foot Cysts

  • Certain types of footwear may strain the foot and ankle and become a risk factor for developing foot cysts.
  • Bone spurs may also be a factor, as they might irritate the joint or tendon they are pushing into.

Causes of Foot Cysts

The cause of foot cysts is still unknown to this day. It is believed that, to a certain extent, repetitive trauma or single-event trauma may cause these cysts, by breaking down the joint tissue or lining of the tendon, forming small cysts inside. It is also possible that the tendon sheath may develop certain defects that allow the tissue to form into a cyst.


Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that can act as useful substitutes for synthetic medications. However, it does not prevent the formation of cysts, but merely relieves pain and inflammation.

Arnica, turmeric and aloe vera

These creams and oils can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Use to gently massage the cyst.

Warm compresses

Apply directly on the skin for 10 minutes, a couple of times per day, they may help reduce the size of the cyst.

Because the cause of foot cysts is unknown, there is little you can do to prevent them. However, it is safe to maintain joint health and mobility by regular exercise, so that the synovial lining does not become irritated or inflamed.

Are you suffering from foot cysts? For any questions, information, or guidance related to foot cysts and treatment, get in touch with our specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.

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