Written By: Chloe Wilson BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy
Reviewed By: FPE Medical Review Board
A bump or lump on the foot is a common problem.
There may be a hard foot bump or a soft, squashy one.
The lump may be on the top of the foot, the side, the heel, the toes or there might be a bump on the bottom of the foot.
The size, location and feel of the lump on the foot will indicate different foot problems, as well as any other associated symptoms such as tingling, swell, redness and heat.
Here we will look at common causes of foot bumps and lumps and how to work out what is causing your lump on foot, and then we’ll go on to look at how to treat them.
So if you, like so many others you are asking “what is this bump on my foot?” keep reading!
There are so many different causes of a lump on the foot that it can be hard to work out which one you have. So we are going to look at the different types of foot lump that commonly affect different areas of the foot.
One of the most common places to get foot bumps is on the top of the foot. There are lots of possible causes of a bump on top of the foot, the most common being:
There also a few other things that can cause a lump on top of the foot including bursitis (inflammation of small fluid-filled sacs) and tendonitis (inflammation of one of the foot tendons).
You can find out all about these different types of foot lumps and bumps in the Lump On Top Of Foot article, including how to tell what is causing your lump on foot and how to treat it.
Another common place to get a lump on the foot is around the side of the foot. Common causes of a bump on the side of the foot include:
Other possible causes of a bump on the side of the foot include bone damage e.g. fractures or excess bone growth, and cysts e.g. ganglion or sebaceous cysts.
If your foot bump is around the side of your foot or in the foot arch, have a look at the lump on side of foot article for help working out what is causing your lump on foot and how to treat it.
Another common place to get a lump on your foot is underneath the foot, or a foot arch lump, which may be caused by:
Other possible causes of a lump on foot arch or underneath the foot include corns and calluses (hard, thickened areas of skin), cysts/benign soft tissue tumors and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (a type of peripheral neuropathy).
If you want help working out which of these is causing your lump on foot, check out the Bump On Bottom Of Foot article which will tell you everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of your lump on bottom of foot.
Another common place to get lumps on the foot is around the heel bone. Common causes of heel lumps are:
You can find out more about each type of heel lump on foot and the causes, symptoms and treatment options for each in the Lump On Heel Of Foot section.
If you have a toe lump on your foot it may be caused by:
You can find out more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of these different types of toe lumps and bumps in lumps on toes, or alternatively visit the toe pain section.
Treatment for a lump on your foot will depend on the underlying cause of your foot bump and may include a combination of home treatments and medical interventions. Lump on foot treatment typically involves a combination of:
There are many different types of bumps or lumps on the foot that vary in size, shape, texture and location. Different types of foot lump tend to occur in different places around the foot so by thinking about where your foot bump is, it is easier to work out what is causing it, so choose from:
Each type of lump on foot will require different treatment so it is important to know what is going on. And any new foot bump should be checked out by your doctor – in most cases a lump on foot is nothing to worry about but occasionally a foot lump may be something more serious, so get it checked out.
Page Last Updated: 03/11/23
Next Review Due: 03/11/25
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