You’re never too young –– or too old –– to start taking your foot health seriously. Your feet play a huge role in your overall health and wellness, so you should always monitor your feet for aches, pains, bumps, and irregularities. If you’ve recently noticed a bump on the outside of your foot, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll explain some possible causes for foot bumps and lumps. More importantly, we’ll also tell you what you can do about them!
If it looks like a bunion and feels like a bunion, then it very well could be one! Bunions are bony masses that form next to the joint along the side of the big toe. Bunions may come about for a number of reasons –– including the natural shape of a person’s foot or even their choice of footwear.
Like bunions, bunionettes are bony masses that form along the side of the foot. However, bunionettes –– or tailor’s bunions –– develop next to the “pinky toe” joint. Bunionettes are also smaller than typical bunions. Though, they can be just as painful.
Arthritis can appear similar to bunions and bunionettes in some instances. However, while bunions affect only joints in the foot, inflammation as a result of arthritis can occur in other joints throughout the body. Worse, sometimes arthritis and bunions can occur at the same time and exacerbate each other’s symptoms.
Gout is a form of arthritis caused by an excessive build-up of uric acid in the blood. Gout symptoms include swelling around the big toe joint, as well as sharp stabbing pains.
Other Bumps & Lumps
There are a number of non-cancerous bumps and lumps that may appear on or around the feet. Often these conditions are relatively harmless –– though they may cause some pain or discomfort. They include:
- Ganglion Cysts –– small lumps that can cause tingling or numbness in the foot.
- Bursitis –– inflamed sacs near foot joints.
- Lipomas –– noncancerous growths of fatty tissue.
- Sebaceous Cysts –– small lumps that form as a result of overgrown hair follicles or blocked glands.
- Plantar Fibromas –– hard, benign nodules that may appear on the arch of the foot
Trying to self-diagnose a foot condition is not a good idea. It’s very easy to misdiagnose one common issue for another. What’s more, even if you do correctly identify a foot problem, you may not know what to do about it. That’s why it’s important to always speak with a qualified podiatrist if you’re struggling with a foot-related issue.
In addition to speaking with your doctor, there are several other important measures you can take to help prevent foot-pain issues from causing you problems in the first place. Keep these tips in mind:
- Maintain a healthy weight and diet.
- Monitor your feet closely –– particularly after an injury.
- Wear comfortable shoes and avoid tight-fitting footwear like high heels.
- Stretch your feet on a regular basis.
At Northwest Surgery Center, our team has years of experience diagnosing and treating numerous foot-related medical issues. We’re experts in the field of minimally invasive surgery, and we can help you find the perfect treatment option for your situation. From hammertoes, to bunions, to heel spurs –– we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.