Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can affect the feet. Pigment-producing cells become cancerous and grow and divide at an uncontrolled rate. Ordinarily, melanoma usually begins as an abnormal mole. To distinguish a normal mole from a melanoma, an ABCD rule was developed. This guide characterizes the features of melanoma as Asymmetrical lesions, Border irregularity, Color variation, and a Diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser. However, not all melanomas have features defined by this rule, so it is important to report any new growths or changes in existing moles or lesions. When inspecting for melanoma, focus on the area between the toes, around and under the toenails, and on the soles of the feet.
It's always a good idea to listen to your feet since they often have lots to tell you, including giving you clues about the rest of your body's well-being. When your feet tell you there's trouble somewhere, as your podiatrist, we will work as a team with you and your other healthcare providers (if appropriate) to keep you and your feet healthy and pain free. Feet that feel good make the rest of you feel good too, so why not give us a call, 508-757-4003, and start the process today. We're located at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester.
Note: Melanoma is less common than other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to spread.