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!
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- A white blood cell called a macrophage walls off a foreign substance that the body cannot destroy or digest.
- 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!
- Pyogenic granuloma.
- Granuloma annulare.calcified granuloma.
- Eosinophilic granuloma.
- Central giant cell granuloma.
- Piercing granuloma.
- peripheral giant cell granuloma.
- suture granuloma.
- Necrotizing granuloma.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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!