Soft Tissue Masses

Soft tissue masses can occur virtually anywhere in the body, including muscles, fat, nerves, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, or other tissues. These do not grow on bone. Most often, the mass is benign, but It is important to have the site assessed by a professional to rule out the possibility of a malignant tumor.

Oftentimes, soft tissue masses arise after a traumatic incident, where the growth will be dismissed as extreme swelling, and sensitivity due to the swelling. If a bruise or sprain is persistently painful for more than 6 weeks, ask your podiatrist to evaluate for a soft tissue mass.


The classic “bump” associated with a soft tissue mass can vary in size.

  • Noticeable bump on the foot or ankle
  • Round or ovular shape
  • Can be firm or soft


To remove a soft tissue mass, your podiatrist will most likely advise an excisional biopsy. A surgical removal of the mass will ensure a clean and complete removal, hopefully minimizing the risk of the growth returning and a biopsy would confirm whether the mass is malignant or benign.