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Many people don’t realize that they can get skin cancer on their feet, even on the heels. Skin cancer is often associated with excess sun exposure, and some people are more susceptible to sun damage than others. Individuals with lighter skin, hair and eyes will burn more easily and may be more vulnerable to developing skin lesions and cancer. However, UV exposure is not the only factor involved in developing skin cancer, so even though your feet may rarely be exposed to the sun, you still need to check them for unusual looking lesions.
Potentially deadly skin cancers such as melanomas can have the appearance of benign conditions such as plantar warts, ulcers, blisters, and ingrown toenails, so it’s always a good idea to have these evaluated by your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis. A skin biopsy may be performed to check for skin cancer.
Two other factors that may increase your chances of getting skin cancer on your feet include:
- Poor immune system function—When your immune system is compromised by viral infections such as AIDS or the human papillomavirus (HPV), it makes it more difficult for your body to defend itself against malignant growths. Having transplant surgery may also weaken your immune system. Acral lentiginous melanoma, cancer that grows on the soles of the feet and underneath the toenails, is more likely to occur in people with compromised immune systems.
- Chemicals and other contaminants—Exposure to harsh chemicals that can cause burns. Being exposed to environmental chemicals released by industries such as refineries and power plants can damage your skin’s DNA, thereby increasing the risk of lesions and cancer developing.
If you have any worrisome growths or lesions on your feet, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Recent studies—such as this neuropathic stress study at University of California, Davis—reveal that continuous stress is a major contributor to nerve pain in the feet, or peripheral neuropathy.
Nerve Pain and Your Feet
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that results from damage to the peripheral nervous system, usually characterized by tingling sensation, pricking pins and needles pain, or numbness. Common foot related nerve problems include:
- spasms- twitching and contractions in the toes and feet
- cold feet- abnormal circulation that results in skin’s heightened response to the cold, including small, itchy red swellings on toes and feet
- diabetic foot pain- also associated with circulation, including symptoms of red spots, sores, numbness, and infection. Neuropathic pain affects up to 70% of patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Good News for Nerve Pain Sufferers
Peripheral neuropathies have been linked to stress placed on the endoplasmic reticulum (or ER), which plays a critical role in our bodies’ processing of fat and protein. Scientists are currently researching a variety of natural fats that have powerful healing effects on damaged ER, and thus help to ease nerve pain.
Healing Your Nerve Pain
The first step to relieving nerve pain is receiving a professional diagnosis from a board certified foot doctor. Once you have identified the root cause of your condition, your doctor will recommend pain relieving medications, personalized therapies, and strategies for adopting a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor will also prescribe treatment for your nerve related skin symptoms, such as:
The Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, offers a variety of services to diagnose and heal your feet. Our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating a wide range of nerve pain issues. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!