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Things that Go Bump on the Foot

whats the bump on my footUnexpected bumps in the night can be quite spooky. You’re not sure what caused them and you’re left wondering if it’s a sign of danger or a problem that can wait for morning. The same can be said for unexpected bumps on the side of your foot. An unusual foot bump is a sign that something is not right, but it’s not always obvious how serious the condition is simply by looking at it. Figuring out exactly what caused the bump can help alleviate any fears and get you the care you need.

Foot bumps develop for a variety of reasons. They could be a deformity from pressure and friction, a soft tissue problem, or even damage to a joint. Here are some of the most common types of lumps that appear on the sides of feet:

  • Bunions – These hard lumps at the base of your big toe are the result of your first metatarsal and big toe sliding out of alignment. The metatarsal bone ends up bulged out to the side.
  • Tailor’s bunion – This “mini bunion” develops on the outer side of your foot, at the base of your littlest toe. Again, the metatarsal and digit slide out of alignment and create a bulge at the joint.
  • Ganglion cyst – This is a fluid-filled sac that develops from a tendon or joint. It’s a soft lump that may alternately grow or shrink at times.
  • Bone spurs – While these typically develop around the big toe joint or middle of the foot, they can also develop around the back of the heel. Friction or arthritiscan create a small, hard spur.

Of course, it’s also possible for the bump to be something a little more serious. While it isn’t common, tumors can grow on the lower limbs, particularly in the bones. Often these growths are harmless. However, on a rare occasion, they can be cancerous. The only way to know what your lump is for sure is to be properly examined.

If you have a bump on the side of your foot that worries you, let our experts at Dallas Podiatry Works help you get to the bottom of the problem and find the best possible solution for addressing it. Contact our Dallas or Plano, TX, offices for more information or a consultation to get started today. You can call directly at (972) 566-7474 for Dallas and (972) 943-3323 for Plano, or you can use our online forms.

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