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It's spring in New Jersey and, while you may not have hit the beach or pool yet, you are probably spending more time outside in the sunshine. Have you broken out your tube of sunscreen yet?

The deadliest skin cancer, melanoma, can be caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. And guess what? Feet and ankles are also susceptible to skin cancers caused by sun exposure as well as by chemical exposure, chronic inflammation and even viruses.

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month as sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. Their goals are to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer and to help the public learn how to prevent and detect the different types of skin cancer.

Skin Cancers that May Appear on the Feet

Basal cell carcinoma is caused by sun damage and so usually isn't found on the feet. Squamous cell carcinoma is common and can resemble other skin conditions on the feet such as plantar warts, fungus, ulcers or eczema. These may be itchy but are usually painless.

Watch out for melanoma skin cancer. This malignant form of cancer grows inward rather than along the surface of the skin. Once inside the body, it can spread through the lymphatic system or blood vessels.

Melanomas are masters of disguise and may look like lesions, moles, plantar warts, blood blisters, bruises and even ingrown nails. Because they are not always caused by the sun's UV rays, they can even appear under a toenail or on the soles of the feet.

Clark Podiatry Center urges you to check your feet regularly - about once a month - to look for unusual skin appearance or anything out of the ordinary. Be sure to monitor your child's feet also. 

Learn How To Lower Your Risk of Skin Cancer

  • Avoid exposing your skin to the sun during its strongest hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Stay away from tanning booths.
  • Select a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Learn the right way to apply sunscreen - you need more than you think. Apply 1 fluid ounce 30 minutes before venturing out in the sun, and reapply every 2 hours or when you have been swimming or sweating. Don't forget your feet!
  • Protect children with sunscreen too, age 6 months and above. Read package directions carefully.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has lots more information and tips on preventing skin cancer, detecting melanoma and how to do a monthly skin check.

Come See Us with Any Foot and Ankle Concerns

If you notice any unusual skin condition or have any foot or ankle pain, please contact Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist. We have extensive experience with all types of foot problems. Call our Clark, NJ office for an appointment at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Early detection is important in the successful treatment of foot skin cancers.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
February 08, 2015
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: fungus   Athlete's Foot  

Athletes Foot , also known as tinea pedis, is a superficial fungal infection of the skin.  It is the same fungus that is in tinea cruris (jock itch) and can also appear on the scalp or hands.  Often, the fungal infection can spread into the toenails, where it is especially difficult to treat.

Some people believe that athlete's foot only occurs between the toes or that if it doesn't itch or burn it can't be athlete's foot--but neither case is true.  In fact, oftentimes people think the skin on the soles of their feet is dry, where there is actually a significant fungal component.

There’s a fungus among us”.  Fungus is an environmental pathogen and can be found virtually everywhere.  It does prefer warm, dark, moist environments, such as occurs in public locker rooms, pools and health clubs.  However, plenty of people can get athlete’s foot without ever having been in such public places.  Fungus can be found in your own bathroom, no matter how well you keep it clean, in your shoes, on your floors.

Why do some members of a household get athlete’s foot while others manage to avoid it?  There may be a genetic susceptibility to fungal infections, just as some people catch colds more easily than others.  Some members of the household may naturally perspire more than others or have different personal hygiene habits. And sometimes it is just plain luck.

The keys to prevention include keeping the feet clean and dry; using powder on between the toes, wearing socks/stockings made of materials that wick away perspiration and avoiding (if possible) wearing the same shoes every day.  For those who perspire heavily, there are medicated lotions that can help in this regard.  Active cases need to be treated aggressively with topical medications and the prescription varieties tend to be more effective in this regard.

For more information about athlete’s foot, products to help prevent infection or a list of preventive measures or if you have other questions about foot problems you’d like answered, visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  You can also call for an appointment at 732-382-3470

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 28, 2011
Category: Uncategorized

I was home this afternoon helping nurse my wife past a bit of minor surgery and the famous Dr. Oz was on he TV. He had segments on athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis) and fungal nail infections (onychomycosis, tinea unguium).


He recommended terbinafine-based topical creams as over the counter remedy for athlete's foot infections.


For the nails, he mentioned that laser treatment of the nails is a very promising and effective way to treat fungal nail infections. While he said that laser therapy for the nails is fairly expensive, here at Clark Podiatry Center, we have set a treatment protocol that is much more reasonably priced.


Laser therapy is both safe and effective for treating fungus in the toenails. Contact us for more information or schedule an appointment so that you can be examined and we'll discuss your treatment options.


Dr. Oz recommends it!

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