Since skin cancers on your feet and ankles can occur in conjunction with or mimic other lesions (like psoriasis, warts, ulcers, blisters, etc…), it’s always a good idea to have all skin anomalies evaluated by your foot doctor. A skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the presence of cancer.
Risk factors for developing cancer on your feet or ankles include the following:
- Toxic chemical exposure— Toxic chemicals that can cause burns and damage to skin DNA are found in many household and industrial products. Always protect your skin when using these products. Power plants and chemical and oil refining operations often spew toxins and microparticles into the air contributing to many cases of cancer globally every year.
- Having a compromised immune system—Infections such as AIDS, or from the human papillomavirus stress your body’s immune system making it harder to fight off malignant cells. Poor circulation from systemic problems like peripheral artery disease and diabetes also weakens the immune system.
- Excessive ultraviolet light exposure—UV light from the sun and tanning beds is the primary cause of malignant melanoma which is a very aggressive cancer that can often go undetected on the feet until it has metastasized, so be sure to check your feet regularly.
If you have growths and lesions on your feet, have them checked out by your foot doctor for proper treatment and to determine whether or not they may be cancerous. 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 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.