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I have a painless lump on the side of my foot next to my heel. I noticed it yesterday because it was itching. Should i be concerned and see a doctor?

I have a painless lump on the side of my foot next to my heel. I noticed it yesterday because it was itching. Should i be concerned and see a doctor?

Yes: I wouldn't be over concerned since the lump is recent. I would see the doctor if the lump is not going away, especially if it is hard in nature. If there is any redness to the area, go see someone tomorrow. You may also want to try soaking the area in warm water and epsom salt a few times a day until you get into the doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a painless lump on my leg what could it be?

What to do if I have a painless lump on my leg what could it be?

Different options: The leg has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, tendons, vessels and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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I have recently noticed several small (5mm at a guess), painless, soft lumps on the leg tendons behind my knees (which move when pushed)?

I have recently noticed several small (5mm at a guess), painless, soft lumps on the leg tendons behind my knees (which move when pushed)?

? Xanthomas: What you described may be xanthomas that occur due to high blood lipids. See the site below for more information. It may require a physical examination and you should see your doctor.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001447.htm. ...Read more

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I'm a runner and have had a lump -dime size on the side of my foot for about a year. Causes no pain. Not going away. Should i be concerned?

I'm a runner and have had a lump -dime size on the side of my foot for about a year. Causes no pain. Not going away. Should i be concerned?

Don't mess with it.: If you are running painlessly with a dime size lump on your foot, I see no reason to have someone fool with it. The lump will do one of three things. Go away, stay the same or enlarge. Two out of three ain't bad. Leave it alone unless the nature of the lump changes radically. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has developed lumps on her left leg. One is painless and one is painful. She hasn't injured it and they are growing. Who should i c?

My 4yr old has developed lumps on her left leg. One is painless and one is painful. She hasn't injured it and they are growing. Who should i c?

Pediatrician: See her pediatrician first. He or she can determine what the lumps are and if she needs to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my foot. No pain and move able! Like a cyst. What is this? And what's the cure??

I have a lump on my foot. No pain and move able! Like a cyst. What is this? And what's the cure??

Let it play out.: Without a location, it is difficult to give details. However, if it is on the top of the foot, you appraisal of "cyst" makes sense. Size and pain usually determine the action to be taken. Watch and wait is certainly acceptable, but if things about the cyst change, then have it evaluated and excised. Occasionally, these "cysts" will spontaneously rupture only to later recur. ...Read more

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How to treat a lump in the lower portion of my leg after running. No pain associated with the lump?

How to treat a lump in the lower portion of my leg after running. No pain associated with the lump?

Lump in lefg : It really depends on where exactly in the leg the lump is, the size, texture, color, how long it's been there, if it comes and goes, etc. Without a picture, need more descriptors to answer this question. But do not let it stop you from running. ...Read more

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I have a painless and moveable pea size lump on the very bottom, front and under skin of right leg.

I have a painless and moveable pea size lump on the very bottom, front and under skin of right leg.

Possible : Ganglion, but, since I can't see it, I would recommend you have it checked out to make sure the "lump" is indeed a benign lesion. ...Read more

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I have a lump on top of my left foot it does not hurt but it seems to be getting bigger and it feels pretty hard

Given : Given that I don't have the benefit of seeing your foot, and not knowing whether there was any history of trauma, the most I can offer is an educated guess, based on the most common "lump" that seems to suddenly develop on the top of the foot, with no injury or underlying disease (like rheumatoid arthritis, etc.). And that would be a ganglion, which is a cyst filled with thick, gelatinous fluid that usually arises from a tendon for no apparent reason. The fluid can be pretty dense and the cyst fairly well packed, giving the appearance of it being hard. They only usually hurt when they press-up on a nerve, or with pressure from a shoe.

The conservative treatment is to remove the fluid with a needle, and inject a steroid solution. Many times, your doctor would also try to needle it to break up the sac to prevent it from reforming (which is common). If this fails, surgical excision is the other option.

The old (probably biblically old) treatment is to whack the thing with a thick book (like a bible). What this attempts to do is break up the cyst. I would caution you to resist doing anything like that, since it almost always reforms after that, and you can injure yourself (and the book). And since we're not 100% certain it really is a ganglion, it's not really prudent to whack an unknown mass with a book!

Sometimes, these things disappear as quickly as they appear. But considering there are other things that can produce a "lump, " some of which can be serious, I would recommend you see either your family doctor, a podiatrist, or even an orthopedist, all of which can diagnose this thing and give you the proper treatment.

Good luck! ...Read more

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My husband has round red lump on top of foot. Feels callously but when pressed squishy. No pain. Any thought what it could be?

My husband has round red lump on top of foot. Feels callously but when pressed squishy. No pain. Any thought what it could be?

Athletes foot: This may be athletes foot but can not diagnose without seeing, it may be a bacterial or fungual infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Hard painless lump above knee. My son is pretty healthy kid all but this lump on his leg. It has been there approx. 3 mths? Cancerous???

Hard painless lump above knee. My son is pretty healthy kid all but this lump on his leg. It has been there approx. 3 mths? Cancerous???

Evaluate lump: From the description, it is not possible to tell if the lump is scar tissue in the muscle from a contusion or if it is arising from the bone. It is not uncommon to have benign bone lesions, such as osteochondroma, near the ends of long bones like the thigh-bone, but without an x-ray, one would only be guessing and taking a chance of missing a serious tumor like cancer. ...Read more

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I have a small marble sized moveable lump on where the leg meets pubic bone.u can't see it but can be felt when touched.no pain. Been around for years.

I have a small marble sized moveable lump on where the leg meets pubic bone.u can't see it but can be felt when touched.no pain. Been around for years.

Small lymph node: That is a typical area where a lymph node drained some infection or inflammation years ago and remained slightly enlarged after the malady resolved. Since it is not tender, is mobile, and has not changed over years all indicate it is benign. Should it start enlargening or you feel others near it or other areas of your body, consult with your PCP. During your next check-up, point it out to your doc ...Read more

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Thumb sized lump in leg mostly appears when flexing, doesn't move but when I push into it no pain what so ever but it does feel sort of like a pop.?

Ans: You are best to see your doctor. With your description hard to tell if skin mass or to do with the knee itself like a tendon or ligament ...Read more

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I have a lump that is hard on my lower left leg on the back. It has gotten slightly bigger in about a 5-day period. No pain. No discoloring. I'm 23.?

I have a lump that is hard on my lower left leg on the back. It has gotten slightly bigger in about a 5-day period. No pain. No discoloring. I'm 23.?

See physician: Should get this looked at soon. Painless lumps are usually not infections or other simple problems. Was this a lump that changed or was there nothing there 5 days ago? Could be a muscle hernia if it disappears when you lie down. In general, all hard painless lumps should be checked out to be sure that they are not abnormal tissue. ...Read more

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When I put weight on my right leg, small lumps appear on a couple veins, and then go away when I'm not standing up. No pain or redness what is this?

When I put weight on my right leg, small lumps appear on a couple veins, and then go away when I'm not standing up. No pain or redness what is this?

Varicose Veins: You seem to be describing varicose veins which typically enlarge and bulge when standing and disappear and decompress when lying. Varicose veins are usually the result of malfunctioning valves in the saphenous system and, in someone your age, there may also be a genetic component. You should see a vein specialist for a venous evaluation. ...Read more

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I got a big dark bruise on leg with lighter colored lump in the middle. Hasn't improved in 4 days. No pain except when touching the lump. What to do?

I got a big dark bruise on leg with lighter colored lump in the middle. Hasn't improved in 4 days. No pain except when touching the lump. What to do?

"Normal bruising": It's likely that you bumped into something but didn't pay it any mind. The lump is probably a small area of bleeding(hematoma). This area will slowly resolve with the bluish color turning yellowish and then disappearing. No specific treatment is needed. This type of bruising is common in the lower extremities. If you have frequent development of bruises you should see your physician. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fibroma and osteochondroma? Location is below the knee and looks a lump inside the leg and is painless. What can it be?

What is the difference between a fibroma and osteochondroma? Location is below the knee and looks a lump inside the leg and is painless. What can it be?

Bone vs. soft tissue: Lesion if palpable most likely soft tissue in origin and can be defined on MRI. Osteochondroma is an osseous lesion where fibroma usually soft tissue and can arise from any fibrous tissue site in lower leg such as tendon or fibrous tissue between muscle planes. Bx makes the required dx for treatment ...Read more

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Hey, so I have a tiny, soft lump on my shin on my left leg. It's painless and can be moved back and forth. Just curious what it is, no recent injuries?

Hey, so I have a tiny, soft lump on my shin on my left leg. It's painless and can be moved back and forth. Just curious what it is, no recent injuries?

Needs evaluation : Soft tissue mass that's mobile and painless can be anything from a cyst, fibroma, lipoma, or hematoma. More concerning would be if it is increasing in size. If present for more than a month would have it evaluated ...Read more

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I have a lump near the semitendinosus by the back of the right knee. I body-build. No pain. Slightly smaller on left leg. Any suggestions?

I have a lump near the semitendinosus by the back of the right knee. I body-build. No pain. Slightly smaller on left leg. Any suggestions?

Cyst?: It sounds like it could be what is commonly called a baker's cyst or popliteal cyst. A baker's cyst is a buildup of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that forms a cyst behind the knee. If it is small and painless, simple observation is sufficient. You should have your pcp or an orthopedic doc examine you to confirm. ...Read more

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Have lump on muscle behind knee no pain at all just happened to feel it the other day and been wondering why one leg is noticably larger than other?

Have lump on muscle behind knee no pain at all just happened to feel it the other day and been wondering why one leg is noticably larger than other?

Baker Cyst: If the "bump" is directly behind the knee and not associated with pain the most likely etiology is a "baker's cyst" or popliteal cyst. These are usually benign though at times can become quite large and become bothersome due to limitation they place on bending the knee. They can, though rarely, rupture and result in swelling and pain in the lower leg mimicing a deep vein thrombois (dvt). ...Read more