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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Most of the year your feet spend covered up with socks and shoes but now that summer is approaching, warmer temperatures will have our patients at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM wearing open shoes and going barefoot. The skin on your feet is particularly sensitive to the strong rays of the sun, especially since they are not normally exposed. Left unprotected, they are susceptible to sunburn and, even more serious, skin cancer.

Cancers of the Feet

Many of our Washington and Allegheny County patients are surprised to learn that cancer can strike your feet, just as it can the rest of your body. There are several types of growths and cancers common to the feet including: squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas, malignant melanomas, Neoplastic disorders (tumors—both benign and malignant), as well as several other growths that are usually benign.

Preventing Foot Cancer

Most cancers of the foot, even the most serious kind, can be treated successfully if caught early on. The problem is, patients are not usually looking for the symptoms, which are often painless initially, and the cancer may not be diagnosed until it has progressed significantly. Here are some tips on minimizing your risk of cancer of the foot:

  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen to your feet whenever you are applying to other parts of your body. This includes the tops and bottoms of your feet when you are at the lake, beach or pool. Just as facial moisturizers have sunscreen in them to protect the skin on your face on a daily basis, your feet need protection too if you will be wearing shoes that expose the skin.

  • Check the skin on your feet. Get in the habit of regularly examining your skin for any abnormal freckles or moles—this includes under your toenails and the soles of your feet too. Keep an eye on existing moles and freckles as well. Changes in size, shape, or coloration can indicate a problem.

  • Inform your podiatrist. If you do notice changes to the skin on your feet, contact our Washington office at once for an appointment. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will evaluate skin lesions and conditions and recommend appropriate treatment. Your podiatrist can also make note of moles and freckles and check them in future visits for changes.

Successful treatment of cancers of the foot depends partly on early detection. If you see anything on your foot that has you concerned, don’t delay. Contact our office at: (724) 225-7410.

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