Skin cancers of the feet can manifest in different ways: they may be painless, can crack, cause ulcers, bleed, and have unrelated conditions near the area. Although feet can be susceptible to the sun like other parts of the body, they are often covered up and protected from the sun more so than other limbs. Therefore, skin cancer can also be caused by viruses, chemicals, inflammation, and genetic traits.
Symptoms of this condition include an asymmetric lesion on the foot with borders that are uneven, that have multiple colors spread unevenly and can be wide in diameter. There may also be the formation of random ulcers, sores that do not heal correctly, bumps that crack, or lumps on the foot with edges that are rough to the touch. When these symptoms develop, the affected area should be removed to prevent cancer from spreading further.
Treatment for skin cancer may include:
- Starting with prevention by checking the feet daily for any inconsistencies, especially after exposure to the sun or harmful chemicals. Look out for any moles, bumps, or areas on the skin of the foot that have the symptoms described above. Also limiting sun exposure and using sunscreen when feet or ankles are exposed to the sun.
- A skin biopsy is a procedure that can be performed where a small part of the skin lesion is surgically cut and examined for cancerous properties.
- Surgical procedures to remove the cancerous lesion in its entirety to reduce the chances of recurrence or causing other complications.
Skin cancer can be fatal if not treated effectively and quickly due to quickly-spreading properties of certain aggressive types. At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM located in Chicago, Illinois, our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, has the experience to treat your feet for skin cancer to give you the best chance of beating it with minimal pain and side effects. Please make an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and take a look at our Patient Education Library for more information about foot and ankle health.