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By Dr. Steven Miller
June 30, 2016
Category: Swelling
Tags: ganglion   cyst   pain   bible  

New bump on your foot?

If it is a ganglion cyst, it is not cancerous.  The cyst is composed of a sac that contains a clear, jelly-like substance.

This bulge usually develops from a joint or tendon.  It can cause pain if it presses the surrounding structures.

It used to be called a "bible cyst" since smashing it with a bible or another large book can flatten it. This is not recommended.  You can hurt yourself and the cyst often returns in a short time.

A podiatrist can puncture the cyst with a needle and withdraw the fluid to be analyzed to make sure no cancer cells are found.  Surgery is often needed to remove the entire cyst.

If you have a lump, have it examined soon. You can schedule an appointment today by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking:


By Dr. Steven Miller
August 03, 2012
Category: Swelling
Tags: bump   ganglion   cyst   MRI  

A young woman recently came in with a pain on the top of her foot. She was told by another physician that she had a painful bone spur, and he recommended shaving the bone. She asked for my opinion. Her problem was actually a ganglion cyst, confirmed by MRI.

Ganglion cysts develop as an out-pocket from tendons and joints. They contain a clear jelly-like fluid and can be found in any age group. Some people only have pain when the ganglion cyst starts pressing on a nerve. Others have pain from shoes pressing on this bump. Thankfully they are local problems that do not metastasize.

If you are suffering from foot pain or suspect you may have a cyst, call our office at 847-675-3400 for an evaluation or schedule your appointment online at