Foot and Ankle Suspicious Growths Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are noticing any suspicious growths on your feet, consider visiting Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We can help you diagnose and treat these suspicious growths and provide you with the appropriate care. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Elgin IL, Huntley IL, Montclare IL, Schaumburg IL, Streamwood IL, Gilberts IL and Bloomingdale IL.
Growths can sometimes occur on the feet and ankles. If the growth’s cause is unknown, it can be labeled as a suspicious growth. Growths can occur from benign fatty tissue or from malignant tumors. Thankfully, there are many treatments available for suspicious foot and ankle growths.
Can you get a tumor in your ankle?
Benign and malignant tumors of the skin and soft tissues can both sometimes produce lumps in the foot, ankle or surrounding area. Other causes include ganglion cysts, which are sac-like structures filled with fluid. These can form on the top of the foot or ankle.
What Growths can happen in my ankle that I should get looked at?
Both viral and bacterial infections can cause a lump or swelling in the ankle. If left untreated, some of these diseases can lead to serious complications and further illnesses. Infections that cause ankle lumps include:
- Abscesses — An abscess is a swollen area of the body that contains fluid or pus.
- Boils — Typically caused by the infection of a hair follicle, boils are an inflamed, pus-filled swelling on the skin.
- Cat scratch disease— This infection is caused by the Bartonella henselae bacterium that is sometimes carried by cats and can be transmitted via a scratch or bite.
- Cellulitis— Inflammation of cellulite is known as cellulitis and can be caused by an invasive infection of the skin and surrounding tissues.
- Infected wounds on the ankle — Wounds on the ankle have many causes, and when one becomes infected, it can cause swelling, pain and redness.
Ankle lumps can also be caused by benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors, including:
- Fibroma (very rare in the ankle)
- Lipoma (benign fatty growth)
- Nevi (moles of the skin)
- Other forms of cancer
Minor to severe injuries and trauma can result in a lump or localized swelling in the ankle and includes causes such as:
- Ankle dislocation
- Ankle sprain
- Fracture in the foot, ankle or lower leg
- Swelling of blood in tissue (hematoma)
- Localized tissue swelling (edema)
- Scar tissue from a previous injury or surgery
Who do I see if I have a lump in my ankle or foot?
For any concern regarding your feet or ankles, the most qualified medical professionals are podiatrists. These foot and ankle specialists are experienced in nearly any condition affecting the ankles and feet, including unknown lumps, and can help restore proper health and working order to your lower limbs.
How can this suspicious growth be treated?
There are many treatments for suspicious growths and options vary greatly depending on the cause. Growths can be caused by inflammation, an infection, trauma and tumors. Treatment options can range from rest, if the lump is caused by trauma, to medication if the growth is caused by an infection. Other common treatments, as well as surgical options, include:
- Painkillers, including over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Steroid shots
- Physical therapy
- Topical medicine
- Freezing or burning treatments
- Excisional surgery
- Mohs surgery
- Curettage and electrodesiccation or cryotherapy
If you or someone you know has a suspicious growth on their foot or ankle, come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists for a medical evaluation today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating foot and ankle growths and can effectively evaluate, diagnose and treat growths from a number of different causes. For more information on our foot and ankle growth treatments, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our foot and ankle specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.