Although relatively rare, soft tissue masses in the feet can be uncomfortable and make wearing shoes difficult. If you’ve noticed a soft tissue mass in your foot, see the podiatrists at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, with locations in Mesquite, Rowlett, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas. The team offers thorough examinations and treatment for all types of soft tissue masses in the feet. Set up an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
Lumps on your feet can occur on any areas of the foot and may be large or small. Some lumps can be painful or uncomfortable while others may only be noticeable to the touch while washing or rubbing your feet. The majority of lumps on feet are benign and can be caused by:
Arthritic changes related to rheumatoid arthritis
In very rare cases, soft tissue masses on the foot can be malignant, or cancerous. If you have a lump or soft tissue mass on your foot that doesn’t go away within a couple of weeks or is growing in size, visit the team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists for diagnosis and treatment.
There are ten categories of soft tissue masses that can affect the feet. The categories are based on the location of the mass and what types of cells the mass is made up of.
Possible cell types that can form masses include skin cells, nerve cells, and fat cells. Masses can develop from a combination of these cells, making accurate diagnosis important for getting the right treatment.
At Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, the team begins your exam with a thorough assessment of your feet, paying special attention to the lump or mass. Your podiatrist determines the location of the mass and its characteristics, like whether it’s hard or soft, for instance.
In some cases, your podiatrist takes a biopsy or tissue sample of the mass to examine under a microscope. This biopsy may be performed in a variety of ways, some of which do include a minor surgical procedure.
Based on their findings, the team determines the cause of your soft tissue mass and explains what can be done to treat it.
Treatment for soft tissue masses depends on their cause and what symptoms you’re experiencing, like pain, numbness, tingling, or difficulty wearing shoes. Possible treatments for soft tissue masses include:
Surgery may be recommended if the mass is large, doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, or malignant.
Get treatment for the lumps on your feet by calling Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC or booking an exam online now.