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From simple athlete’s foot to eczema to skin cancers such as melanoma, all sorts of skin disorders can be found on the feet. Some are nuisances but others can be much more serious, however the most important factor in successful treatment is proper and prompt diagnosis.

Athlete’s foot can have many appearances—it can look like dry skin, may or may not be itchy and can be on any part of the foot, not just the toes.  But not all rashes are athlete’s foot.  Eczema, psoriasis and other disorders are all possible.  How to differentiate them?  Simple and usually painless skin biopsies sent to the lab will give us the right diagnosis and set us in the right direction for treatment.

Regardless of the season, whether you go on an island vacation in winter or the Jersey shore in summer, you can’t forget about skin cancers.  Melanoma constitutes 1 percent of skin cancers, but causes more cancer deaths than any other skin cancer. Between 3 and 15 percent of melanomas occur on the foot. 

The first symptom in feet is usually a changing or unusual mole.  Sometimes it can be a dark streak under a nail plate.

The surprising fact is that just because a mole has been there ‘forever’, doesn’t guarantee that it is benign.  Early diagnosis is critical for skin cancers.  A biopsy will provide either peace of mind or a prompt entry into treatment protocols with improved chances of positive outcomes.

Here’s the takeaway point:  Have skin rashes examined and biopsied as needed for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Check suspicious symptoms with the ’CUBED’ acronym:  Is it Colored, Uncertain, Bleeding, Enlarged, or is there a Delay in healing of the lesions?  Don’t shy away from having a simple biopsy performed.  It could save your life.

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep you walking! 

#melanoma #skincancer #ClarkPodiatry

 

By Brandon Macy D.P.M.
May 13, 2014
Category: Skin cancer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Heading into the summer months, most people are aware that sun-exposure is a risk factor in developing skin cancers.  What many forget, however, is that overexposure to the sun is not the ONLY cause of skin cancers.  The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas.

Here are some tips from Clark Podiatry Center:

1. When applying sunscreen this summer, don't forget to apply some to the top of your foot.  This area is often neglected, the skin is thin, so it is at high risk for sunburn.

2. Learn the ABCDs of melanoma--asymmetry, border, color, diameter. 

3. Just because a spot or mole has been present on your foot and unchanged for many years doesn't necessarily mean that it is benign--or that it can't change into something more serious.  Some of the most innocent looking skin lesions can be cancerous. The key lies in early detection.  A simple biopsy which causes very little discomfort can be performed right in our office in a matter of minutes.  The peace of mind you can get from knowing what the lesion is can be priceless.

4. To learn more about skin lesions of all kinds, visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  There's information about all sorts of foot problems, and you can find more specific information about skin cancer and other lesions

5. Do you have a skin lesion that concerns you?  Contact us through our website or call us at 732-382-3470 to schedule an appointment.  You'll be glad you did.

 Malignant melanoma of the foot

 

#ClarkPodiatryCenter #Melanoma #skincancerofthefoot 

 



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