Soft Lump on Foot or Ankle

Soft Lump on Foot or Ankle

A Soft Lump on Foot or Ankle is almost always a “Plantar Lipoma”, this is simply the formation of a slow growing fatty tissue. Its actually quite common on the bottom of the foot and its nothing that you should be overly worried about. A lipoma is the most common formation of extra tissue or  tumor growth(but its not dangerous); it is non-cancerous and its nothing to worry about.

Soft Lump on Foot or Ankle

What Should I Do?

  • Usually nothing needs to be done.
  • This is the most common soft tissue mass in the population
  • These are technically tumors but very common.
  • They are non-cancerous.
  • An evaluation by your podiatrist or foot doctor should be done if you are concerned.
  • If they are uncomfortable they can be removed.
  • Unfortunately surgery is sometimes considered cosmetic unless there is pain.

Is it dangerous if Painful?

It is almost never dangerous, and if it is not causing pain then it doesn’t even require treatment. The only time is is even something to worry about is when it is in an unusually spot and compressing against a nerve or artery, then it may have to be removed. It can also be removed if it is in a pressure bearing area that makes it uncomfortable to walk, but otherwise there is nothing to worry about.


Can it be removed if there is Pain?

Unless your podiatrist or foot doctor determines that it is causing you pain or it is dangerous, these are usually considered cosmetic surgeries and some insurance companies will not pay the money to have this tumor removed.


Treatment of Soft Lumps in the Foot or Ankle

The only real treatment is to have surgery to have the lipoma removed, there is no medication you can take or change in lifestyle that will make this extra fat tissue go away.


For more on a Soft Lump on Foot or Ankle:

Plantar Lipoma

About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.