Here, for the first time, I feel a strange pain on my foot that suddenly bothers me.
I examine to find out how I could have injured a tendon when suddenly I discovered a lump on my foot that I didn’t have until then.
Its touch is soft and mobile. A liquid seems to be present under the skin.
There is a good chance that I have just discovered a cyst and more specifically a ganglion cyst.
Let’s see what a synovial cyst is and how to treat it medically or naturally.
What is a ganglion cyst?
A synovial or ganglion cyst is a benign cyst that is filled with a gelatinous fluid. It is a nodule.
It lodges near a joint or a tendon, particularly on the wrist, foot, ankle, knee…
It is not a malignant tumor but a mass of soft tissue.
These synovial cysts are not carcinogenic and are unlikely to proliferate.
This mass can change over time and gain volume.
To confirm the diagnosis, just illuminate the cyst.
As it is not solid and contains liquid, light can pass through it easily.
Most of the time, the synovial cyst is painless and when the patient notices a “lump on the top of the foot” or elsewhere, he is mostly bothered by its unsightly appearance.
Ganglion cyst causes
The exact cause is unclear, but within joints, bones are protected by cartilage.
Each joint is surrounded by a loose connective tissue called the synovial membrane.
It forms a capsule containing synovial fluid, a kind of lubricant that allows the bones to slide normally for movement.
The ganglion cyst tends to form when the joint is irritated and produces a fluid, clear fluid.
With increasing pressure in the joint, fluid inserts into a weak spot in the synovial tissue and forms a pouch.
The more liquid is produced, the more it is stored in this sac causing a fluctuation in the size of the cyst.
In addition, people with osteoarthritis and therefore joint degeneration or who have suffered an injury to the joint or a tendon are more prone to the formation of this type of cyst.
What are the symptoms of ganglion cyst?
While this cyst may remain painless for a long time, over the months it may come to put pressure on a nerve, blood vessels or tendons.
This growth is most commonly located on the wrist, foot, preferably on the top of the foot, on the shoulder, on the knee or even directly on a bone.
The main symptoms are pain and discomfort sometimes accompanied by a tingling sensation, numbness and muscle weakness.
Depending on its size, its texture can be firm or spongy.
Ganglion cyst treatment
As a general rule, if the cyst remains painless and does not bother the patient, it is best not to touch it.
However, if it gets too annoying, it can be handled by different methods:
– aspiration : it allows to empty it by puncture and thus remove the pressure on the surrounding tissue.
The liquid is drawn into the syringe and then a steroid is injected to reduce inflammation and prevent recurrence.
– surgical removal : it only occurs last resort and is only performed if the patient experiences severe pain due to pressure on a nerve, tendon or vessels.
Note that even surgical removal does not prevent a possible recurrence of the cyst.
Ganglion cyst home treatment
The discomfort of a cyst can be reduced by applying warm compresses regularly.
They help increase blood flow to the affected area and promote drainage.
They also reduce pain and swelling.
Note however that they do not contain the evolution of the cyst and do not stop its development.
Soak a cotton cloth with lukewarm water and apply it for 5 to 10 minutes.
You can repeat this procedure 3-4 times a day until it is gone.
Black tea bag
The anti-inflammatory properties of black tea help heal a cyst, contain its development while relieving pain and controlling swelling.
Infuse a bag of black tea for about ten minutes.
Let it cool then apply it on the affected area for about ten minutes.
Do this several times a day.
Frankincense oil is a very effective astringent that can help reduce the size of the cyst and its recurrence while being pain-relieving.
Apply two drops of frankincense essential oil to your cyst, cover it with a bandage.
Repeat this once a day, renewing the dressing each time until the size of the cyst has reduced.
Once it is gone, continue to apply it for a fortnight to limit the risk of recurrence.
If the cyst you have is particularly painful, you can use ginger for relief.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help to treat pain and discomfort.
Drink ginger tea two or three times a day or include ginger in your diet.
To make an herbal tea, cut 2 or 3cm of ginger root into strips and then immerse them in boiling water.
Let steep for about ten minutes.
You can also take a ginger supplement for added convenience.
You can also use turmeric for pain relief.
It has very interesting analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Apply fresh turmeric directly to the affected area two or three times a day.
For simplicity, you can also opt for a turmeric supplement every day.
Note that turmeric is contraindicated if you are taking drugs that thin the blood.
The ganglion cyst is a small pouch filled with viscous fluid that attaches to a joint or tendon.
Most often painless, it may not be treated if it does not progress and is not bothersome.
There are still ways to counteract it through simple natural remedies.
With a little discipline and patience, it is possible to make it go away slowly.
But if you are reckless, there is also a quick method which is to smash it under a heavy book … a snap and it disappears… Bible bump !
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