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Posts for: September, 2012

By Brian Cragg
September 19, 2012
Category: Skin Issues

Have you noticed an abnormal lump on your foot? A lump causing you irritation or worry? When it comes to any kind of skin lump or abnormality, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Seeing a professional can help determine what’s causing the deformity.

Depending on the cause, foot lumps can be single or multiple, soft or firm, painful or painless, and can grow rapidly or remain the same in size. When it comes to skin lumps, especially abnormal ones on the foot, diagnosing the condition is crucial to detect a possible cancerous tumor or to calm your fears by ruling out that possibility. Either way, diagnosis and evaluation is necessary and can be successfully done by Chiropodist Brian Cragg

Brian provides information about the following common skin conditions that may be causing your lump or cyst.

  • Ganglion cyst: A knot-like mass filled with fluid originates on the top of the foot.   Ganglion cysts are soft-tissue masses that are most commonly benign, or cancer-free. The cause of the cyst isn’t fully known, however trauma or repetitive micro-trauma can cause a ganglion cyst to likely occur.
  • Synovial cyst: This cyst creates a lump over a joint on the foot and although often benign, it can cause pain that may require treatment to relieve the pain.
  • Cutaneous mucoid cyst: This fluid-filled cyst usually develops on the toes of the foot and often can be monitored without any necessary treatment.

For either cyst condition, treatment usually involves:

  • Monitoring the cyst
  • Draining the cyst
  • Steroid injection
  • Surgery excision (if the condition is severe)

Don’t worry and wonder about your foot lump any longer! Contact our office to set up an appointment with Brian for a diagnosis of your condition. He will provide the best treatment and care for your feet. For more information, visit our website or give our office a call!

Soccer Foot Injuries

You’re headed down centre field expertly dribbling the ball. An opponent steps in your way and you quickly maneuver to sidestep around them. Bam! In two seconds flat you’re down on the ground thriving in pain. That’s all it takes – just a simple misstep and you’re on the bench with a sprain. Soccer is a sport a lot of footwork. This in turn means there are plenty of opportunities for foot injuries to occur. If you don’t want a painful foot injury to keep you on the bench, take a moment to review some of the most common soccer related foot injuries that Chiropodist Brain Cragg treats. They include:

Each injury or foot condition can occur during the game due to constant running, foot contact with the ball and with other players. A simple misstep or turn of the ankle can result in a sprain that will leave you in severe pain with a guarantee of necessary recovery time. It’s important to seek medical attention if you’re experiencing severe foot pain after a soccer game. In some cases, recovery can take up to a few months without playing time.

To make sure your playing time isn’t cut short, Brian strongly encourages the following soccer safety tips.

  • Proper fitting soccer cleats. Wearing the right cleat will support your foot decrease your risk for a foot injury occurring during a game. To add extra cushioning and support, use insoles.
  • Warm up. Always take time before a soccer game to stretch and slowly jog in order to warm up your foot muscles so they are flexible and loose.
  • Check the field. It can be easy to miss a small hole or uneven ground on a soccer field when you’re in the game, but a simple trip from it can result in an ankle sprain. Make sure the playing field is level and the grass is cut short to prevent any slip-ups from happening.

If you are suffering from foot pain due to soccer related injury or any other issue, please contact our office right away to set up an appointment with Brian.  He will thoroughly examine your foot and provide proper treatment.