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I had a bunionectomy surgery and the site feels fine. I've developed a lump on ball of foot which is painful. What is it?

I had a bunionectomy surgery and the site feels fine. I've developed a lump on ball of foot which is painful. What is it?

A few things...: A lot depends on if the "lump" is in the skin or under the skin. It could be any of a number of tumors, or more commonly, a benign process known as a plantar fibroma. If your surgery was very recently, it could also be a hematoma, or gathering of clotted blood. See a podiatrist for an exam. ...Read more

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I have a lump under my third right toe that was told to be a ganglion. Since, i've developed another lump above the ball of foot. No pain, under skin?

I have a lump under my third right toe that was told to be a ganglion. Since, i've developed another lump above the ball of foot. No pain, under skin?

Hard to say: There are a number of potential causes and a detailed exam can usually tell the cause. Having a lump above the "ball" of the foot is usually associated with the insertion of the achilles tendon and can be seen in chronic tendinitis. Causes of lumps under the third toe can include a neuroma, a ganglion, a corn among many possibilities. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Dry well between the toes after your shower or bath
Daily
Wear white cotton socks, especially in the summer
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Try to avoid scratching
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See your podiatrist is symptoms persist or do not improve
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Sudden hard lump over big toe joint. Lots of pain. Can't wear sneaker. Ball of foot/ankle/big toe pain. Hard time walking. What could it be?

Sudden hard lump over big toe joint. Lots of pain. Can't wear sneaker. Ball of foot/ankle/big toe pain. Hard time walking. What could it be?

Possible mass: It is possible that you have a soft tissue mass over your big toe joint. If there is a history of trauma to the area, it could be a ganlionic cyst. An x-ray is needed to rule out any changes in the joint that could contribute to this condition. ...Read more

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What do I do? Swelling under ball of foot underneath small toe?

What do I do? Swelling under ball of foot underneath small toe?

Swelling: This sounds like capsulitis of the joint. This usually involves biomechanical problems causing excessive pressure. See your podiatrist for an exam ...Read more

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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Change shoes daily
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Disinfect shoes
Daily
Consider soaking in betadine/water solution 2-3x weekly
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Start with a topical anti-fungal
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I have a very painful lump under the skin on ball of my foot it moves around and really hurts?

I have a very painful lump under the skin on ball of  my foot it moves around and really hurts?

Should be evaluated: From your description, this could refer to several possibilities. One would be that you have developed callous overlying a prominent metatarsal bone. The pain usually is from inflammation of the affected bone/joint. It could also be a cyst, such as a ganglion. Either way, it should be evaluated and treated by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Hi I have a painful lump the size of a quarter right under the ball of my foot in line with my big toe. Its been there almost a year. Podiatrist?

Hi I have a painful lump the size of a quarter right under the ball of my foot in line with my big toe. Its been there almost a year. Podiatrist?

Yes: See Podiatrist for examination and possibly radiographic studies to determine what this "lump" is. Then this can be addressed as needed. ...Read more

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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Wash Feet
2x day
Different pair of shoes
daily
antifungal powders in shoe
daily
OTC antifungal cream to feet
2x day
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Son has a hard lump, size of half a golf ball under his skin on the right side of his r foot. Any idea what it could be? No pain/bruising and hes 1 yo

Son has a hard lump, size of half a golf ball under his skin on the right side of his r foot. Any idea what it could be? No pain/bruising and hes 1 yo

Could be: It could be a ganglion but i've never seen it in a 1 year old. I would get an x-ray. Was he born with this or did it just pop up overnight? ...Read more

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