What Is This Bump On My Foot?
By Dr. Christopher Milkie of Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
At least once a week someone comes to see me at our Wauwatosa WI podiatry office concerned about a “bump” on their foot. The first thing I tell them is how glad I am that they didn’t ignore it. Although the vast majority of bumps aren’t anything serious, why take that chance. I know in this economy some people are putting off health concerns to save money but this isn’t the time to do so.
A bump on the foot can be many different things. A few of the more common conditions are a bone spur, a fibrous mass, a ganglion cyst (fluid filled), a wart or benign fat tumor. Some are painful, but none are serious. Some get treated and some we just leave alone. The most common locations for these bumps are the top of the toes, the arch and the outside top of the mid-foot. Some are irritated by certain shoes and activities, especially those on top of the feet. Again, lack of pain isn’t a reason to ignore it.
Treatment from your Milwaukee foot doctor can range from leaving it alone to surgically removing it. Often, a simple office procedure is all that is needed to remove the problem. If there is any question as to what it is, we will send a sample of it to a pathology lab. I am pleased to report that in almost 20 years of removing “bumps,” none have been cancerous. i hope this continues for the next 20 years.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that something has to hurt to be a problem. This is certainly not the case with soft tissue and bony masses. This goes for the foot and any other part of the body. Most of us are guilty of procrastinating and worrying when all it would take is a visit to a foot and ankle specialist.
At Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have the most cutting edge and innovative technology available. By having digital scanning technology for orthotics, digital X-rays, digital diagnostic ultrasound, laser for removal of toenail fungus & more all in office and available in a moments notice allows you to save time and money.
We look forward to helping you!