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Has anyone ever heard of a cyst on/in the talus?

Asked by avvooooooo (8870points) June 17th, 2009

I’ve had foot and ankle problems since I was 9 years old, so that is nothing new. Two surgeries for correction of tarsal coalition, many cortisone shots… Lots of stuff. What is new is the appearance of what looks to my doctor like a cyst underneath my talus. Has anyone ever heard of a cyst on the talus or had to deal with this? Is it really treatable with injections/aspiration or just arthroscopic surgery? Any information would be appreciated!

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avvooooooo's avatar

Oh yeah, I have an MRI scheduled for June 23 and an appointment for the doctor on July 1. Since I’ve been going to this doctor for literally half my life, he’s very accommodating with getting things taken care of ASAP when I have a time concern. :)

SeventhSense's avatar

No, can’t say that I have, but a cyst can be basically anywhere from my limited medical knowledge.

whatthefluther's avatar

No, but have you heard the one about the tail on the cat? Sorry. Getting goofy again. I am old…time to nap.

scamp's avatar

I worked for a podiatrist for several years. Cysts are quite common and it is possible to aspirate some with no return, while others need surgical intervention. If the doctor says you need surgery, it should be minor compared to waht you have already been through.

Kayak8's avatar

Did your doc indicate that the suspected cyst is in the sub-talar space (between the talus and the calcaneus)?

avvooooooo's avatar

Yep. The subtalur space is where all the cortisone shots have gone. Some of the thing I’ve read while Googling have suggested that ankle sprains can lead to this kind of thing. With the limited mobility in the back of my foot, I can’t even count the number of sprains, strains, planes, trains and automobiles that have happened to my foot (Automobiles would be stepping out of cars and whoopsie-ing over for no good reason!)! It just sucks and I hate that I’m having to deal with yet another issue. BTW, went in for a cortisone shot that I get about once per year to suppress arthritis in that joint when this lovely thing was discovered.

I actually have my xray with me (its easier for me to keep up with it and hand it to the tech for the MRI for some reason and they trust me with it!) and can see the “hollow” space under the talus that definitely wasn’t present on the other xrays of my foot in the past. I’ve had enough that my foot should almost glow in the dark and I’m quite used to looking at all kinds of imaging of my foot. :P

Kayak8's avatar

Do you know the reason for your limited hindfoot mobility? Have you had surgery on this ankle/foot before (subtalar arthrodesis or some type of fusion)? Or is the limited hindfoot mobility congenital? Have you ever had an arthoscopic procedure like a synovectomy to treat the arthritis in the area where you now have the cyst?

avvooooooo's avatar

As I’ve said previously in the question details, “Two surgeries for correction of tarsal coalition”. “Correction” in this case meaning excision of the fibrous connection between the calcaneus and the navicular. Tarsal coalition, by the nature of both the defect and the things done to deal with the defect, causes limited mobility in the hindfoot. As the defect is congenital, yes, the limitation is congenital. Also as previously stated, I have been having cortisone shots about once a year to treat arthritis. This has gone into the subtalur space, but I have had about/less than 6 shots over the many years of dealing with this issue and no procedures to deal with the arthritis because the cortisone shots have been working.

This is a new discovery. It appears as a dark, or “hollow” spot on the xray underneath the talus.

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