Skin Cancer of the Foot and Ankle.
Experienced Podiatrists in Bradenton, Tampa, & Sarasota
As residents of the great Sunshine State, we are more prone to developing cancers of the skin. While many of us do not think about skin cancer on our lower extremities, it is certainly a problem we encounter infrequently. Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists are dedicated to providing the best foot and ankle care available.
Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Jason Spector, has completed additional fellowship training in diagnosing and treating a wide range of foot, ankle, and lower leg disorders. Whether it’s routine preventive care or complex reconstructive surgery, we employ the most advanced treatments to ensure our patients get the desired results.
Our commitment is always to put your health first while providing individualized and compassionate care. We strive to create an atmosphere that is attentive to your needs so that you can get back on your feet again as quickly as possible with excellent standards of quality care. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your foot or ankle condition, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re here for you!
What Skin Cancer Affects the Foot and Ankle?
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It most commonly develops in areas that are exposed to the sun, but can also occur in other areas that are not typically exposed such as the feet and ankles. The three most prominent cancers are Melanoma, BCC (Basal Cell Carcinoma), and SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) which mainly manifest themselves on the face, neck, head, and hands. However, these types of cancers can also develop on the feet and ankles.
Signs of Skin Cancer Affecting Foot and Ankle
Skin cancer of the foot and ankle can present itself in various forms such as nodules, ulcers, or discoloration of the skin. The signs and symptoms of skin cancer on the foot or ankle may include a discolored area of skin that does not heal, an open sore that bleeds, oozes, or crusts, a shiny bump or nodule on the skin, a scar-like area that is white, yellow, or waxy. If you notice any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists for further evaluation. Early detection is critical in preventing the spread of cancer and increasing treatment success rates.
Skin cancer can be caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. It may also be linked to certain genetic factors and medical conditions. People with fair skin, light-colored eyes, and a history of sunburns are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
The best way to prevent skin cancer is by avoiding excessive exposure to UV radiation. This includes wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 30, covering up exposed areas with clothing, and seeking shade when outdoors. Regular self-examinations and routine skin cancer screenings by a healthcare professional are also crucial in early detection.
Treatment options for skin cancer of the foot and ankle depend on the type, size, depth, and location of the tumor. In most cases, surgery is the primary treatment method to remove the cancerous cells. Our podiatry team will work closely with you to determine the best treatment plan for your specific case.
As foot and ankle specialists in Florida, we understand the importance of taking care of our patients’ overall health – including their skin health. If you have any concerns or notice any abnormalities on your feet and ankles, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Our team is dedicated to providing you with professional, informative, and compassionate care to ensure the best outcomes for your skin health. Remember, early detection and treatment are vital in fighting against skin cancer.
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