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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
July 17, 2019
Category: cancer
Tags: lesions   cancer  

We don’t normally think of our feet as being susceptible to skin cancer since they don’t tend to get a lot of sun exposure, but cancer can affect your feet. Because it often goes unnoticed, the consequences can be deadly. Check your feet for lesions regularly and bring them to the attention of your foot care professional.

3 types of skin cancer that can affect the feet and ankles include the following:

  1. Basal cell carcinoma—This type of cancer grows very slowly and may first appear as a pink or white bump with a waxy appearance. As this type of cancer grows, it may become encrusted and will tend to bleed. There is usually little or no pain associated with basal cell tumors.
  2. Squamous cell carcinoma—The squamous cells are in the upper layer of the skin. When they are affected by skin cancer, a tell-tale sign is the appearance of a horn-like protrusion.
  3. Malignant melanoma—Melanoma is a less common form of cancer, but since it grows inward and is hard to detect, it is the most deadly of skin cancers. The tumors can quickly extend into the circulatory system and spread the cancerous cells to other locations.

Always pay attention to any unusual swelling or abnormal growths on your feet and bring them to the attention of your foot doctor. Keep in mind that cancer can often look like other skin conditions and that catching skin cancer early is essential.

If you suspect that you may have a cancerous lesion on your foot, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!


By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
July 10, 2019

A recent estimate by the World Health Organization indicates that over 375 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes worldwide. In another ten or fifteen years, that number is expected to explode, with diabetes becoming the sixth leading cause of severe disability and even death.

Since one of the major symptoms of diabetes is a reduction of feeling in the feet due to nerve damage, people can be unaware that a wound or other injury has even occurred. Since the immune response in people with diabetes is so slow, infection can rapidly set in. Daily foot inspections are essential for noticing any problems before they progress to an infection and possible need for amputation. 

Some of the many things to be looking out for when you inspect your feet include the following:

  1. Blisters, sores, cuts, and bruises may take longer to heal and may require aggressive treatment to prevent any infections.
  2. Itchy, cracking, peeling, or wrinkled skin is more common in people who have diabetes.
  3. Infections can cause dark streaks, warming, swelling, and pain. You may notice pus and blood at the site.
  4. The color of your skin may become more pink, pale, dark or red. Black or blue skin may be a sign of a serious injury or infection.
  5. Changes in the shape or appearance of your toes, feet, and ankles.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should make a habit of seeing your foot doctor to catch problems before they worsen. Contact the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!


By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
July 01, 2019
Category: toenail conditions

Ingrown toenails are a common and painful condition that often affects the big toe, but any of your toes can be affected. The condition is characterized by the side of the toenail growing into the tender skin on the edge of your toes rather than over the top. Just wearing shoes can be very painful since they can push the nail into your tender skin with every step. Untreated, ingrown toenails can lead to fungal toenail or bacterial infections, so be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper treatment.

4 treatments for ingrown toenails include the following:

  1. Cut your toenails carefully—The major cause of getting ingrown toenails in the first place is from poor cutting technique. Be careful that you don’t cut your toenails too short. Cut them straight across or on just a slight curve to help prevent the edge of the nail from digging into your skin.
  2. Soak, clean and dry your feet—Soak your feet in a warm bath for ten minutes to soften any hard skin that may be around the nail. This will reduce friction and pain. Always keep your feet and toes clean using a mild soap. Be sure to carefully dry your feet and especially the area between the toes to help prevent infections.
  3. Use spacers between your toes—Moleskin spacers can be placed between your toes to hold them apart and thereby decrease pressure on the edge of the nail.
  4. Raise the edge of the nail—This may hurt a little, but you can lift up the edge of the nail and insert a small piece of cotton underneath. This action will hold the nail away from the skin and minimize additional ingrowing.

If you continue to experience pain, swelling, and redness around the affected nails after trying these methods, see your foot doctor for an evaluation and additional treatment. Consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

 




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