Foot & Ankle Suspicious Growths Treatment Questions and Answers

If you are noticing any suspicious growths on your feet then consider visiting Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Huntley, IL. We can help you diagnose and treat these suspicious growths. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Huntley IL, Harmony IL, Gilberts IL, Algonquin IL, and Ridgefield IL

Foot & Ankle Suspicious Growths Treatment Questions and Answers

Anytime you notice a growth on your foot or ankle, or any other part of your body for that matter, it can make you feel significantly unsettled. While the majority of such cases turn out to be benign, it is highly important to seek medical attention to not only prevent a benign growth from developing into something serious but also to be proactive in finding treatment if it is cancerous. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists would be happy to take a look at any suspicious growths you are dealing with and also provide excellent treatment.

Can you get a tumor in your ankle?

While relatively rare, both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors can occur in the ankle, affecting either the skin, soft tissues, or bones therein. Examples of benign and malignant tumors that can occur in the ankle include the following:

  • Chondrosarcoma (malignant bone tumor)
  • Fibroma (benign tumor involving the tendon sheath within the ankle joint)
  • Ganglion cysts (benign sacs of fluid)
  • Giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCTTS), also known as tendosynovial giant cell tumor (benign, slow-growing tumor)
  • Lipoma (benign tumor involving the fatty tissue around your ankle)
  • Synovial sarcoma (malignant tumor in the tissue around the ankle joints)

Some signs and symptoms that indicate a possible benign or malignant tumor in your ankle include fractures from slight injuries, bone pain that gets worse at night, or a lump, raised bump, or swelling in the ankle. If you notice any such symptoms, it is essential to get them checked out and evaluated by your primary care doctor or a podiatric doctor so that proper treatment can take place. You will either be reassured that the growth is benign or be proactive in treating a malignant growth before it spreads. Our podiatric doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists would be more than happy to evaluate any signs of a tumor in or around your ankle.

Why do I have a lump near my ankle?

If you have a lump near your ankle, there is a broad range of potential causes for the lump, many of which are not serious. As such, while it is essential to get any lump checked out at your earliest convenience, it is not necessarily a cause for significant alarm. The potential causes for a lump near your ankle range from injury and infection to benign growths and malignant tumors, which are relatively uncommon. With that in mind, some possible reasons for why a lump has appeared near your ankle could include any of the following:

  • Abscess or boil
  • Ankle dislocation or sprain
  • Animal bite
  • Benign or malignant growth or tumor
  • Cat scratch disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Edema, or localized tissue swelling
  • Fracture in the ankle, foot, or lower leg
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Gout
  • Hematoma
  • Hives
  • Insect bite or sting
  • Infected wound
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nevi, or moles on the skin
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scar tissue from a previous injury or surgery
  • Varicose veins

Can you get cancerous growths on the foot or ankle?

Unfortunately, cancerous growths can develop on both the foot and the ankle. While most growths that develop on the foot or ankle are benign, it is not always apparent to the eye whether it is benign or cancerous. As such, it is in the best interest of your long-term health to have any growth on your foot or ankle evaluated by a podiatrist or your family doctor. Examples of cancerous growths that can appear on the foot include skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or malignant melanoma, as well as bone cancers, such as osteosarcoma, and other soft tissue cancers. Our podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists would be happy to provide expert evaluation and treatment of any benign or malignant growth you find on your foot or ankle.