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4 Potential Hard Foot Lump Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored foot bump, marble sized foot lump, small foot lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored foot bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is often caused by trauma or surgery.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored foot bump, marble sized foot lump, small foot lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored foot bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  3. 3.Molluscum Contagiosum

    Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that usually affects young children, sexually active young adults, and patients with a weakened immune system.

    Typically resolves in 6-9 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, leg skin changes, skin changes on arm, head or neck skin changes, genital skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with molluscum contagiosum:
    fever, headache
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Callus

    A callus is a hard, thick layer of skin that develops when the skin experiences lots of friction and pressure. A callus may cause discomfort, but is of no big concern.

    Should go away immediately by trimming excess skin, and will not reappear if shoe inserts are used.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot with visible lines
    Symptoms that always occur with callus:
    thickened skin on the foot with visible lines
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hard Foot Lump

  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is the bump caused by thickened skin?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?

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Hard Foot Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hard foot lump have also experienced:

    • 16% Pain in One Foot
    • 13% Foot Pain
    • 8% Foot Bump
  • People who have experienced hard foot lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 15% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced hard foot lump were most often matched with:

    • 47% Skin Cyst
    • 45% Lipoma
    • 3% Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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