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Thursday, 17 May 2012


are...what?  according to  www.emedecinehealth.com they are:  a tumor or swelling on top of a joint or the covering  of a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). It looks like a sac of liquid (cyst). Inside the cyst is a thick, sticky, clear, colorless, jellylike material. Depending on the size, cysts may feel firm or spongy.

And I managed to develop one on the end joint of my second toe, right foot.  Don't know when or why....I just noticed it one day.in (I think) January.   A quick consult with a podiatrist at work  led me just to keep an eye on it, but twice since then it's caused me a bit of a problem, the last time taking me to my GP cos it looked infected.

Long story short...yesterday I went to a specialist whose specialty is foot lumps and bumps.  Yes, it was a ganglion, no it wasn't attached to anything significant and yes he would drain it.  It might return, they often do, and if it did and was a problem then we might have to do something more dramatic.

4 needle pokes later and it was clear that whatever was inside was not exiting via a needle so he proceeded to do what I've been dying to do for 5 months..he squeezed the stuff out.  The convex lump turned into a somewhat bloody concave mess which he covered with a bandaid(!)..then he said..  keep it dry.and I think you should stay of the bike for 10 days!...'cos actually  it was probably my new bike shoes and mega km's over Xmas that caused the problem.  Off the bike for 10 days?...not a hope. OK I'll stick with the ergo but..no bike at all??

Straight into problem solving mode:

  • Option 1  My first task  post  "ganglion bursting" was to go my favourite cobbler...one of the few genuine cobblers left in Melbourne and ask him to mega stretch an old bike shoe .....I pick it up today..
  • Option 2 if that doesn't work I'll put a platform pedal on the right side and use an ordinary shoe or open sandal.
  • Option 3 do 10 days of single leg riding :-(

to be continued.....

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