There are certainly many people who enjoy the Halloween holiday and get a kick out of those “things that go bump in the night.” Now, when you develop an abnormal bump on your foot, it can seem to be a scary situation. Knowing what is happening, though, can illuminate the situation and relieve your fears…just like using a flashlight in an otherwise dark basement!
Finding an abnormal bump on a foot might not be quite as frightening as some Halloween movies, but it is important to know what is happen and then have it addressed here at our Bloomington office. Some of the potential bumps you might develop include:
Bunions – If the bump is located on the inner edge of the foot, right at the base of the toe, it is likely you have a bunion. In addition to the boney protrusion, your big toe will start to angle inward. This condition is progressive and will worsen if left untreated, soschedule an appointment so we can provide the care you need!
Corns – Much like a callus, this is thickened patch of skin. What separates them from calluses, though, are the facts that corns are raised in conical shape, formed by friction (instead of pressure), and are generally smaller. Additionally, corns are more often found on toes, whereas calluses are on the bottom of the foot.
Ganglion cysts – These cysts are typically benign (noncancerous) and might not cause pain, unless they compress against a nerve or other tissue. Inside a ganglion cyst is a jelly-like substance similar to tendon lining. They will usually appear and go away randomly.
Heel spurs – Spurs are calcium deposits that build up over time. Much like a cyst, the spur will not be painful in and of itself, but pain can be a symptom when one presses against soft tissue. Heel spurs, in particular, are found on the back of the heel.
Plantar warts – Warts are highly common and generally harmless, but a plantar wart on the bottom of your foot can cause discomfort or pain when you are standing or walking.
No matter if you need treatment for any of these conditions, or you would like more information, we are here to help! Give us a call at (812) 333-4422 or take advantage of our online form to contact with our Bloomington, IN office today.
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