A common complaint is a lump on the side of the foot.
Even if it's a small lump that doesn't bother you, it's important to have any bump on your foot checked out by a doctor.
Because some foot bumps can be cancerous, it's critical to have them diagnosed by a medical professional.
If you're not sure what the lump on the side of your foot is, keep reading to learn about some of the most common causes of foot bumps and to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or a foot specialist.
You may have a temporary lump, as well as swelling and bruising, if you've recently injured the side of your foot.
Plantar fibromas are most common on the bottoms of your feet, but they can also develop on the sides of your foot near the arch.
Phaeohyphomycosis, a fungal infection, is one type of foot lump that can occur in people with diabetes.
Some foot lumps can be cancerous, though this is a rare occurrence.
While the majority of the common causes listed above aren't life-threatening, any unusual lump on the side of your foot should be checked out by a foot doctor.
If any foot bumps are causing pain or discomfort while walking, it's even more important to see a podiatrist.
If your foot pain is getting worse or if the lump on your foot is rapidly growing larger, you should see a podiatrist.
Your doctor will take a sample of the foot lump to rule out a malignant tumor.
If a lab test reveals that the lump on your foot is cancerous, your doctor may order imaging tests to determine the extent of the tumor before removing it surgically.
It's important to see a doctor even if a lump on the side of your foot isn't causing any pain or other symptoms.
Foot bumps usually don't go away without treatment unless they're caused by a minor injury.
To find out what's causing the lump on the side of your foot, see an orthopedic specialist or a podiatrist.
Read the original article "Causes, Treatments, and More for a Lump on the Side of the Foot" at https://www.healthline.com/health/lump-on-side-of-foot