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Bakers cyst

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What is a Bakers cyst?

A baker’s cyst is a fluid filled sac found in the gap at back of the knee (popliteal fossa)

It is most often seen in arthritic knee joints or knees that have experienced trauma or injury (ruptured ACL).

The size of a cyst can vary. In some cases if the cyst becomes large enough, it can push on the veins or other tissues in the back of the knee and cause pain in the calf.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you have a pain-free lump in the back of your knee there is little indication to have it treated at all.

If you are concerned about a lump you have found, you should mention it to your podiatrist and they can then either perform an ultrasound scan (if qualified) or refer on to a medical professional who can offer a concrete diagnosis via ultrasonography and treatment options. These cysts often spontaneously resolve and require no intervention.

They can be dealt with surgically if necessary and often cause very few issues.

If you book an appointment, it is wise to take your commonly used footwear so the Podiatrist has a good idea what you are wearing.

Bakers cyst