Soft tissue lumps in the foot and ankle are not uncommon. They may appear as innocuous soft tissue masses which can cause pain and discomfort. There are a few causes of lumps and bumps on the foot. Some of these are just normal anatomy; others are due to abnormal processes. 

They can occur anywhere on the foot and can be caused by soft-tissue swelling, sacs of fluid, fatty tissue and nerve, vessel or muscle enlargements. Foot lumps may be without pain (asymptomatic), or they can cause pain and affect the function of the foot.

Soft Tissue Masses

Patients often request an opinion on bony and soft tissue masses that have formed on their feet. In some instances they are due to a cyst or ganglion that can be drained or excised under local anaesthetic. In other cases, there is an underlying bony abnormality which requires reduction or removal.

Corns and Bursa

Corns are areas of hard skin caused by prominent bony lumps and bumps in the foot, often in association with claw and hammer toe deformities. In most cases corns can be permanently removed with excellent cosmetic results. Surgery for corns often involves the removal of small sections of bone under local anaesthetic.

Many patients confuse corns for bursa. The two look similar but a bursa forms under the skin as a small protective sac which can become inflamed and painful, wheras a corn consists of a focal area of painful hard skin. In either case the problem is treated in a similar way.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  

Recovery

After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.

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Mr. Kaser Nazir
Mr. Kaser Nazir

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon treating serious foot disorders such as bunions, hammertoe, ingrown toenails, verrucae excisions and tendon repairs