We often view the sun's harmful rays as the primary cause of skin cancer, due to the fact that it is often found on parts of the body that receive the most sun exposure. While this may be true of some bodily skin cancers, this does not hold true for those that arise on the skin of the feet. Skin cancers of the feet are more often related to viruses, exposure to chemicals, chronic inflammation or irritation, or inheritant traits. Unfortunately, the skin of feet is often overlooked during routine medical examination, and for this reason, it important that the feet are checked regularly for abnormalities which might be indicative of evolving skin cancer.
Podiatrists are uniquely trained as lower extremity specialist to recognize and treat abnormal conditions as they present themselves on the skin of the lower legs and feet. Skin cancers in the lower extremity may have a very different appearance from those arising on the rest of the body. For this reason, a podiatrist's knowledge and clinical training is of extreme importance for patients for the early detection of both benign and malignant skin tumors.
Your podiatrist will investigate the possibility of skin cancer both through his/her clinical examination and with the use of a skin biopsy. A skin biopsy is a simple procedure in which a small sample of the skin lesion is obtained and sent to a specialized laboratory where a skin pathologist will examine the tissue in greater detail. To ensure that you receive the very best in care, your podiatrist will likely require that your skin biopsy be sent to a lab with board-certified dermato-pathologist who have specialized training in the analysis of abnormal skin lesion from the lower leg and foot. If a lesion is determined to be malignant, your podiatrist will recommend the best course of treatment for your condition.
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Taking care of your feet is important to your overall health. Be sure to see a podiatrist at the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington located in Kirkland, Everett and Renton if you’re dealing with foot pain or other foot problems. Call (425) 678-3877 or visit our contact page to get in touch.