What is a Ganglion Cyst?
By Katie Trumble, PT
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled cyst that develops on the surface of the foot joint, tendon, hand, wrist, or knees. It is unknown why these cysts develop in certain areas of the body. They develop under the skin as small sacs filled with fluid. 60-70 percent of cysts develop on the back or front of the wrist. Fingers, feet, and areas where you had a joint or tendon injury are also common.
What is the Best Treatment for a Ganglion Cyst?
Do not try to pop the cyst by cutting into it with a sharp tool or needle. Do not strike the cyst with a heavy object.
- Over the counter anti-inflammatories for pain
- Warm compresses will increase blood circulation and help fluid draining
When to See a Doctor for Medical Treatment
If you have a painful lump on your hand, wrist, ankle, or foot, you should see your doctor. A painless cyst does not require treatment. The cysts often resolve on their own. If the cyst is not painful, treatment may not be necessary.
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