Mucoid Cyst

Mucoid cysts are round, dome-shaped benign skin lesions also known as synovial cysts, periarticular fibromas, myxoid cysts, ganglion cysts, mucinous pseudocysts and mucous cysts.  The underlying cause is unknown but they are the result of a defect in the lining of an arthritic joint or the covering of a tendon that allows fluid to fill a small space that eventually becomes visible on the surface of the skin.

These benign cutaneous lesions are filled with thick, viscous fluid and are usually located over the small joints of the toes and/or around a toenail.  These cysts may or may not be painful and are more common in women between the ages of 50 and 70 years old.

The treatment options include padding, drainage, cauterization, steroid injections and surgical excision and depend on the size, location and whether or not there is pain present.

If you think you may have a cyst on your toe please contact the Foot Care Centers and allow one of our trained foot and ankle specialists to discuss the best treatment option for you.

Picture courtesy of Dr. Fishco/Podiatry Today.

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