Many people think of skin cancer as something that is related to excess sun and ultraviolet light exposure, but even though your feet don’t typically get much sun, they are susceptible to developing cancer nonetheless.
Foot cancers can be especially deadly because they are often not even noticed until the cancer has spread. For example, acral lentiginous melanoma often appears on the bottom of the feet or underneath the nail bed where it can mimic a fungal toenail infection. It’s always a good idea to thoroughly inspect your feet and have any suspicious lesions checked by your foot doctor.
Some of the skin and nail conditions that can mimic malignant tumors include the following:
Some of the risk factors for developing cancer on your feet include:
- Hereditary factors—You are more susceptible to developing skin cancer if it runs in your family.
- Exposure to environmental toxins—Being repeatedly exposed to toxic chemicals can cause skin cells to mutate and become cancerous.
- Poorly functioning immune system—Systemic diseases and blood flow problems decrease the effectiveness of your immune system and cancerous cells are more likely to proliferate.
When unnoticed and not treated early enough, cancerous cells can spread through your blood to other areas, so if you are worried that a growth on your foot may be cancerous, see your podiatrist. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.