In most cases, a Baker’s cyst does not cause the patient significant pain. However, if pain is present, it will usually be minor and may radiate to the upper calf. The pain will be felt when the knee is all the way bent or straightened.
Other symptoms of a Baker’s cyst include swelling behind the knee that gets worse while standing. In addition, it will cause tightness or stiffness behind the knee as well.
At times, the pocket of fluid will rupture and drain into the tissues of the lower leg, which can cause swelling and redness in that part of the leg.
A Baker’s cyst will sometimes go away on its own. If another problem such as arthritis is causing the cyst, your physician may treat the problem, which usually makes the pain and swelling go away. If the cyst is large and painful, the following treatments may be effective: