In recent years, research has found how dangerous the effects of the sun can be on your skin. This has encouraged people to take action and wear the proper sun screen protection as well as limit the amount of time spent in the sun. While this may help to prevent skin cancer on much of the body, unfortunately skin cancers on the feet can also be related to virus’s, chemicals, chronic inflammation irritation, or inherited traits (according to the American Podiatric Medical Association).
While most skin lesions are harmless, there are some that can be very dangerous and even deadly. A skin lesion refers to any variation in the skin, color, or texture anywhere on the body. While some people are born with skin lesions like moles, freckles, or birthmarks, others are formed over time: lesions such as acne, warts, allergies, sunburn, or abrasions. Most skin lesions, cancerous or not, are painless.
There are several dangerous skin conditions to be aware of such as malignant melanoma, a pigmented lesion that can occur on the foot. Another condition is called actinic keratosis, this can lead to cancer on the feet and is usually found on the top of the foot where there has been more sun exposure. One of the most common cancerous skin lesions is squamuos cell carcinoma which resemble a wart or ulcer.
If you have a new growth or a past lesion that has changed recently, you should get it evaluated. We use a dermatopath lab that gives us very accurate results. Podiatrists are trained specifically to recognize, treat, and prevent abnormal skin conditions on the feet and lower extremities. Call our office at 630- 863-7517 to schedule an appointment to get your feet checked for any skin abnormalities or lesions. It is important to identify cancerous spots in the beginning stages before they can spread to other parts of your body.
If you would like to find out more about skin lesions and when to see a podiatrist, click here:APMA Foot Health