Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, and it can occur in places on your body that would likely not be considered, such as the feet. Since the feet are often neglected, a foot melanoma can spread without being noticed, which can have serious consequences. Signs of foot cancer can include a mole that changes appearance, black or brown vertical lines under the toenails, or non-healing sores. There may also be pain, bleeding, or itching in these areas. A practice of routine foot care will help greatly in noticing that something may be amiss on the feet and allow treatment before dire consequences result. This routine starts with washing, drying, and applying moisturizer to the feet daily. It is imperative the feet be examined as well. If looking between the toes, on the sides, and soles of the feet is difficult, a hand mirror can be used for an examination. Foot areas that have been injured, even if well-healed, are susceptible to this type of cancer. If you notice a suspicious marking on your foot, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist as soon as possible for a professional exam.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Kokomo Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bone Spurs
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ingrown Toenails
- Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
- Flat Feet
- Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
- And more
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Contact Us . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.