What Causes Bumps on Top of the Feet Seattle Foot Larry Huppin
I’m going to talk for a couple minutes todayabout bumps on top of the foot. These are usually bumps that you will see in this area,we’ll look on the foot right here, kind of in this area right here. Now there’s two commoncauses of this, one is a bone problem and the other is a soft tissue problem. We’regoing to talk about the bone problem first. The most common cause is a condition calledmetatarsal, which is this bone, cuneiform, which is this bone, exostosis, which meansa bone spur. This usually happens on feet that collapse a bit more than they should.Because of the physics of the foot being an archshaped structure as it goes down, thesebones get pressed together. There is a law
of physiology that’s called Wolfe’s Law, saysif you put pressure on bone, bone grows. So if you are someone whose foot flattens a bitmore than it should when you walk, these bones get pressed together here and over time youget a lump of bone or a growth of bone forming here. In and of itself, nothing, it’s notdangerous, nothing to worry about, but it can certainly cause irritation on shoes. Whenwe look at treating this problem, we look at stretching the shoes. We look at changinglacing techniques. We give you suggestions on different shoes. We might use an orthoticdevice to stop some of the compression between here, but we want to use a very specializedone that doesn’t take up a lot of room in
the shoe that would push this up against theshoe. So some very simple, very effective ways to treat this. If the conservative treatmentdoesn’t work, you can surgically go in and remove this bump, however, surgery shouldalways be your very, very last resort. So that’s the bony problem. The second one is the soft tissue problemand it can occur in the same area, but it’s a little bit moveable. Now the most… Thereis a lot of different causes of this, but the most common one is a condition calleda ganglion, which is basically an enlargement off of a tendon when it fills with a bit ofa fluid. In most cases, we can treat that
by simply numbing up the area and then aspiratingit and then we give you some treatments to help prevent it from returning. So these are two things that can cause bumpson top of the foot. They are very different. So these are problems where it’s probablyworth getting a diagnosis and make sure you get the right diagnosis so you can get theright treatment. If you are in our area, make an appointment to see us. If you are not inour area, find a podiatrist in your area. Anybody that’s well trained should be ableto take care of this problem..