While many people believe that since their feet don’t get much sun that tumors are less likely to grow on them, they are mistaken. Skin spots and growths on your feet and ankles that look like other conditions (such as moles, warts, and fungal nail infections) could actually be cancer in disguise, so having regular visits with your podiatrist can not only keep these problems from worsening but also can catch cancerous tumors before they can spread.
3 types of tumors that can affect the feet include the following:
- Osteochondroma—This is a bone tumor that can form underneath the toenail and is most common in children and young adults. They don’t always cause pain themselves, but they may irritate the surrounding area and cause a deformed toenail. These tumors only rarely turn out to be cancerous.
- Melanoma—Your feet can be neglected when it comes to screening for skin cancer, but since malignant melanoma is one of the fastest spreading and deadliest of cancers, it’s vital to have spots that look like moles and other growths evaluated by your foot doctor to make sure they are not cancerous.
- Plantar fibroma—These are non-cancerous growths that occur inside the wide band of tissue on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia). While they don’t always cause pain initially if they worsen surgery may be required for removal.
Catching signs of skin cancer early is essential to avoid spreading. If you have any lesions on your feet, have them checked out by your foot doctor to make sure they are not malignant. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.