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Causes of Lumps and Bumps on Feet

The term 'bunion' is most commonly associated with seeing a bump on your foot, but what you may not know is that there are many different types of bumps that can occur on feet. There are three that are very common: Fibroma, Ganglion Cysts, and Lipoma.

What is a Fibroma?

A fibroma is a bump or nodule that can occur on the bottom of your foot adjacent to the plantar fascia ligament. They can come one at a time, or there can be several occurring together on the bottom of your foot. Sometimes they are associated with pain, and other times they are painless. In any case, fibroma can make it very difficult to fit into shoes comfortably.

What is a Ganglion Cyst?

Ganglion cysts are soft tissue cysts that develop in your foot. They typically occur in the region of a tendon or a joint and they are the result of a leakage from one of those two areas.  They can occur anywhere on your foot, but are typically found around the areas of joints or tendons.

What is a Lipoma?

A lipoma is a collection of fatty tissue that can develop on your foot. They form in any area where you have a collection of fat. They often do not cause any pain, but can be an issue when trying to fit into your shoes.

Regardless of the origin of the bump on your foot, it’s important to get it diagnosed in order to get an effective treatment plan to eliminate it. If you have a bump on your foot that you’re unsure of and you would like to have diagnosed and form a treatment plan for it, please contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today. We’d love to see you!

Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists