Bumps on the feet that cause pain are a very common thing that we see at our office. Most of the time in early stages padding and shoe modifications can be helpful for these, but eventually they can start to hurt enough that something else has to be done.
Bunions are probably the most common bump on the foot that we see that cause pain. A bunion arises from a malaligned first metatarsal that bulges out the medial side of the foot around the big toe joint and can cause shoe irritation. When conservative measures have failed, there are several different surgical procedures that are becoming more and more minimally invasive that are options to address this.
Tailor's bunions are bumps that arise on the outside of the foot on the lateral aspect of the fifth metatarsal. These as well as traditional bunions can often be genetic and run in families. If this continues to hurt people and fails conservative measures, we typically perform osteotomies of the fifth metatarsal to realign the bone to address the pain that this causes.
Other bumps over the feet can arise from bone spurs over arthritic joints. This happens often over the first metatarsophalangeal joint (the big toe joint) and also over the midfoot at the tarsometatarsal joints. In early stages the bone spurs can be removed surgically and in late stages we typically have to remove the bone spurs and fuse the joints to help get the arthritic pain under better control.
Another common bump that we see can arise from a ganglion cyst. Ganglion cysts are fluid filled cysts that typically arise from either tendon fluid or joint fluid that has leaked out into a space where it is not supposed to be. These can be treated by aspirating the fluid and placing a compression wrap and when this does not work they can also be surgically removed.
If you are having any foot and ankle pain or problems, our expert Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeons are here to help you. Call us today at 719-488-4664 so we can help!