Foot & Ankle Granuloma: Causes, Symptoms & Best Treatment 2020!

A Foot & Ankle Granuloma is 95% of the time caused by a foreign substance that the body is not able to degrade, so it walls it off instead!

 

 

Granuloma Definition:

  • A white blood cell called a macrophage walls off a foreign substance that the body cannot destroy or digest.

 

Causes:

  • A foot & ankle granuloma is most often caused by a foreign body embedded in the foot.
  • Immune cells called macrophages attempt to digest and destroy the foreign body.
  • The problem is that metal or other foreign substances are sometimes not able to be digested.
  • As a result the body simply starts to wall off these substances instead!

 

Foot & Ankle Granuloma: Causes, Symptoms & Best Treatment 2020!
Foot & Ankle Granuloma: Causes, Symptoms & Best Treatment 2020!

Possible granulomas:

  • Pyogenic granuloma.
  • Granuloma annulare.calcified granuloma.
  • Eosinophilic granuloma.
  • Central giant cell granuloma.
  • Piercing granuloma.
  • peripheral giant cell granuloma.
  • suture granuloma.
  • Necrotizing granuloma.

 

Ganglion Cyst of the big toe joint and ankle
This is a picture of a ganglion cyst on the ankle.

Symptoms:

  • A granuloma usually feels like a hard lump.
  • It may irritate surrounding nerves or surrounding tissues.
  • It can be red, inflammed or very tender.
  • It can put pressure on nerves causing numbness, burning and tingling surrounding the area.

 

Corn & Callus Removal Surgery Treatment
Corns and calluses are the most common over the ball of the foot, and between the toes. A corn is essentially a plugged sweat gland that goes deep down like a spike, whereas a calluses is a flat buildup of hard skin in a pressure area of the foot. Both are similar, I corn is more narrow and spiky underneath. These are not considered granulomas.

Granuloma Treatment:

  • A granuloma in the foot and ankle is usually due to a foreign body.
  • These can usually be a small piece of wound, ceramic or metal.
  • The key is to remove this foreign substance and the granuloma should go away.
  • The video above shoes a contusion which caused crystalization that the body simply walled off.

 

Granuloma Excision Surgery:

  • There are pros and cons to every procedure.
  • In this case it makes sense to get your granuloma evaluated by a podiatrist!

 

Pros:

  • Pros of removing the granuloma can solve the problem permanently.
  • It is a good idea to get a biopsy to make sure nothing bad is happening.
  • No future wound problems, less risk of infection.

 

Cons:

  • Cutting through the skin can always lead to complications.
  • This can be more expensive.
  • There could be future infection.
  • Generally it is a good idea to get it removed and get a biopsy.
  • The cons are not overwhelming in this case.

 

What Doctor Can Treat a Foot Granuloma?

  • A podiatrist is a good choice to treat your granuloma.
  • They would be able to take an X-ray of your foot.
  • They can also get an ultrasound or MRI if needed.
  • At this point a plan could be made to remove the granuloma!

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