Soft tissue mass can occur anywhere on the foot. They can be caused by soft tissue swelling, sacs of fluid, fatty tissue, and nerve, vessel or muscle enlargements. Some common soft tissue mass of the foot includes plantar fibroma and ganglion cyst. These lumps may be without pain or they can cause pain and affect the function of the foot. Painful foot lumps can be treated by an experienced foot and ankle surgeon using a variety of conservative treatments. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
In most cases, prior to surgical intervention, the doctor will order imaging studies such as ultrasound and/or MRI. These imaging studies are used to further evaluate the size, location, and adjacent structures of the mass. Once removed, the mass will be sent to pathology to confirm composition of the mass and making sure it is not malignant.
If you are concerned regarding a lump on your foot, book a consultation with Dr. Wang who specializes in treating foot and ankle conditions.