When people think of skin cancer they think of the arms, back and legs; but what about the feet? Yes, you can get skin cancer on your feet even though it seems like a very unlikely place for it to occur! Most skin cancer on the foot goes undetected for far too long and ends up being detrimental to the patient; this is because many dermatologists don’t think to check there in their exam! However your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care are well trained to inspect the foot thoroughly for any form of skin cancer.

Skin cancer on the foot doesn’t always follow the normal definitions of skin cancer; this is why it is usually undetected. Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, but the actual number is a lot higher than that due to so many undiagnosed cases. They can look like birth marks, ingrown toe nails or even a nail fungal infection! Yes you can develop skin cancer under your nails! It is important to check your feet every so often and look for anything that isn’t normal.

When inspecting your foot check the top, bottom, nails and between the toes. Look for any dark marks on the skin, under the nails or next to the nails. A majority of the time it’s nothing, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The symptoms to look for when inspecting include, itching, burning feeling, cracking, bleeding or open wounds. If you do notice anything like this on your feet do not hesitate to make an appointment with your podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, located in Edison and Monroe NJ, to get it checked out! They can take a biopsy if they think the discoloration is concerning and figure out what’s going on!

By Nrupa Shah