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Painless lump on top of toe has got bigger each year, had for 10+ years?

Painless lump on top of toe has got bigger each year, had for 10+ years?

'Lump': It is difficult to discern what type of 'lump' you have. There are soft tissue lesions and tumors, bone lesions and tumors, and then there are contracted joints and foot deformities that appear as 'lumps' against the skin (like bunions and hammertoes). There is really not enough information here to help you with a diagnosis. I suggest you see a medical professional for better evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my second toe on top of the uppermost knuckle no pain. Should I have it looked at?

Yes: Any lump should be examined. It may be something as simple as a corn, wart. Mucoid cyst etc. But, a lump is not normal and since we can't see it - have it checked out. It will give you peace of mind. A podiatrist would be a good doc to see for this. ...Read more

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Small round lump by ankle where thin bone from toes meet. It is firm no pain. What is it?

Small round lump by ankle where thin bone from toes meet. It is firm no pain. What is it?

Mass Unknown Foot: You definitely want to have someone check any masses of unknown origin (like dropping something on your foot). Sometimes these are ganglions, but they are soft normally. Could be a bone spur with soft tissue coverage needing an xray to diagnosis. I would start with an evaluation and xray to be safe and go from there. Dr rich blake. ...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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My wife has a hard, dime size (maybe smaller) lump around the middle/back of her second toe. Painless and on the right foot. She's a yoga instructor.

My wife has a hard, dime size (maybe smaller) lump around the middle/back of her second toe. Painless and on the right foot. She's a yoga instructor.

To remove, or not.: I'm not quite sure if you are describing the undersurface or the top of the toe. Either way, these seemingly hard lumps most often involve soft tissue cysts such as synovial cysts. They can appear hard, because they are packed with a viscous jelly like fluid. There is the possibility that a boney enlargement is also involved and only an x-ray can verify that. Check with surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a large lump on my right toe. It is on the underside of the foot. They think it is in my joint. Tried a steroid shot 3 weeks ago and no pain?

I have a large lump on my right toe. It is on the underside of the foot. They think it is in my joint. Tried a steroid shot 3 weeks ago and no pain?

Foot pain: If this steroid shot gave no relief, I recommend an ultrasound and/or an x-ray to better evaluate the bone, and other structures. You also try an anti-inflammatory medication. If concerned I would see a rheumatologist and would be happy to do a consult if needed. ...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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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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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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I run and have had a pea sized lump on the inner part of my right foot right behind the ankle. No pain. But should I be worried? Its been a month

No worries.: Keep a watch on it and look for enlargement, color changes, and/or becoming painful. If these things start to happen, I would suggest you have it checked out. ...Read more

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There's large painless lump on my daughter's right foot. It's located where the arch and the ball of her foot meet. It's on the inside. What is it?

There's large painless lump on my daughter's right foot. It's located where the arch and the ball of her foot meet. It's on the inside. What is it?

Need more info: We need to know more about the appearance. But if I extrapolate your daughter's age based on your posted age she is a teen or pre-teen. These age groups have a high frequency of plantar warts. ...Read more

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Lump on side of right foot sticking out like bone or muscle but no pain?

Lump on side of right foot sticking out like bone or muscle but no pain?

Lump: On side of foot without a visual is difficult but could be a cyst or bone protuding. Wear proper shoes to avoid rubbing in area and if symptoms such as pain or redness develop see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a painless lump on my anterior tibialis ligament and my Achilles tendon on my left foot. No trauma. What could it be.

I have a painless lump on my anterior tibialis ligament and my Achilles tendon on my left foot. No trauma. What could it be.

This could be one of: Several possibilities the most common being a ganglion cyst or possibly a small fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it changes in size or you are not sure concerning what it is especially if it is firm, irregular and appears fixed (not mobile) get it checked out. ...Read more

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Very worried. Found a small pea sized lump under skin on bottom of right foot near arch. Painless and felt only when foot is flexed.?

Very worried. Found a small pea sized lump under skin on bottom of right foot near arch. Painless and felt only when foot is flexed.?

Flexor nodule: This may be a flexor tendon nodule or a plantar fibroma. If painless and not increasing in size, only observation is required. If I can be of further help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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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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20 year old female soft swollen lump on the medial inside of foot just below ankle joint is more defined when I flex. If I press on =no pain scared?

20 year old female soft swollen lump on the medial inside of foot just below ankle joint is more defined when I flex. If I press on =no pain scared?

Skin lump: Many patients will get soft tissue cysts, bone spurs or even fatty deposits that all can be described as skin lumps. If you are concerned get an exam for the best diagnosis and treatment if needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Have a small squishy painless lump at the bottom of right leg near ankle bone. This disappears when I flex my foot can only feel when foot relaxed?

Have a small squishy painless lump at the bottom of right leg near ankle bone. This disappears when I flex my foot can only feel when foot relaxed?

Joint Swelling: First rule out joint swelling. Things are so tight down there the swelling from the joint sticks out between the ankle bones in back and in front. Flexing adds room to the joint so it seems to go away. Please get an x-ray to learn what is wrong. Most often, at your age, a piece of bone on the bottom of the tibia may be separating out called osteochondritis dissecans and needs urgent care. ...Read more

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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 he's 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 he's 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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Hard painful lump on my toe?

See a doctor: You need to be examined to determine if it is tissue or bone. ...Read more

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I have a odd lump in my toe?

I have a odd lump in my toe?

Biopsy: Need more info....This could be lots of things. Things the doctor will want to know is if the lump is uniform in size, if there is any coloration to it, is it growing, does it have well defined margins, and is it regular shape with symmetry. Safest thing is to have it checked and if the doctor thinks it needs it, biopsy can be done to check it. ...Read more

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What could cause this strange lump on my toe?

See below: It could be from an injury, or you could have a cyst or bone spur or an infection.
If painful see a podiatrist ...Read more

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I have 3 redish itchy lumps on my toes, they don't seem abnormal and are not bleeding, what are they and how do I treat them?

I have 3 redish itchy lumps on my toes, they don't seem abnormal and are not bleeding, what are they and how do I treat them?

Athlete's foot?: At your age they are probably the beginning of minor athlete's foot fungal infection. Get antifungal cream & put on sparingly, but consistently 2x per day, itching should stop, but cont. Cream 2 weeks longer. Dry feet well. Disinfect shoes with lysol spray. If spreads go to dr. If doesn't respond go to dr. ...Read more