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Treatment for Skin Cancer of the Feet

Skin cancers that exist on the lower legs and feet have a very different appearance than those that form on any other parts of the body, which makes early detection far more difficult. This is why people who suspect that they have foot cancer in the Cincinnati area are recommended to make an appointment with a clinically trained and experienced podiatrist like Dr. Titko.

Our Cincinnati podiatrists are uniquely trained to detect abnormalities that exist on the lower extremities, which includes both benign and malignant skin tumors.

Common Attributes of Cancerous Lesions

If you notice a lesion on the leg or foot, check it against the ABCDs of Melanoma.

Asymmetry: If you were to fold the lesion in half, would the sides match up?

Borders: Will appear uneven, ragged and scalloped.

Color: Some have more than one color and colors that do exist may appear unevenly distributed.

Diameter: If they are wider than a pencil eraser, it’s time to see a podiatric physician.

Other signs of foot cancer or toe melanoma include sores and ulcers that won’t heal, bumps that crack or bleed, nodules and scaly areas. A mole, bump or patch of skin that looks odd is nothing to ignore. Your podiatrist will conduct a full examination to ensure that the tumor is in fact skin cancer, and this examination may include a skin biopsy.

Skin Biopsy

A skin biopsy is a common foot cancer detection procedure where the Cincinnati podiatrist will obtain a sample of the skin lesion in order to send it to a laboratory for further examination. The lesion will be sent to experts with specialized training in the analysis of skin lesions that exist on the lower legs and feet. If the lesion sample is determined to be cancerous, or malignant, your podiatrist will recommend a proper course of action for your foot cancer.

What Causes Skin Cancer of the Feet?

Unlike most other forms of skin cancer that result as an overexposure to sunlight, foot cancers are more often caused by viruses, chemical reactions, inflammation and constant irritation. Some people are genetically predisposed to the disease. No matter the cause and since feet are most commonly skipped during routine medical examinations, it is important that you check your feet regularly for abnormalities that might indicate one or more of the most common types of foot cancer listed below and contact a Cincinnati podiatrist if you detect anything.

Skin Cancer of the Foot – The Most Common Types

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Considered one of the least aggressive cancers, basal cell carcinoma is typically seen on sun-exposed areas of the body. If your feet rarely see the light of day, you probably won’t see basal cell cancers on your feet. If you do see a pearly white bump or patches of bumps that ooze or crust just like open sores, you might have basal cell cancer. Since they often resemble non-cancerous skin tumors or benign ulcers, a proper examination by a Cincinnati podiatrist is recommended.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The most common form of skin cancer that affects the feet is the squamous cell carcinoma. Most types of early squamous cell carcinoma remain on the skin and do not spread, although some forms can become aggressive. Cancerous lesions of this type may look like plantar warts, fungal infections, eczema or the beginnings of calluses. In some cases there is a history of the area cracking or bleeding. Squamous cell carcinoma is more often than not painless foot cancer, but it’s not to be ignored. See a podiatric physical immediately if you suspect that you have this disorder.

Malignant Melanoma

Considered one of the deadliest skin cancers that can develop on the human body, this type of skin cancer must be detected early to ensure your survival. Nonsurgical treatments rarely work for this type of cancer and many of the treatments that do exist are still in their experimental stages. You may see these melanomas form on the skin of your feet (top and bottom) and occasionally beneath one of your toenails. If allowed to grow, this type of foot cancer or toenail melanoma can become more serious as it spreads throughout your body.

Malignant melanoma is known as ‘The Great Masquerader’ due to its ability to resemble benign plantar warts, moles, ingrown nails, blood blisters or ulcers caused by poor circulation. They even resemble bruises in some cases.

If you suspect that you have melanoma or foot cancer in the Cincinnati area, call The Center for Foot Care to schedule an appointment at (513) 206 – 8448.

on 24, Jul 2017
I have a job that requires me to wear heels and stand on my feet all day. After years of doing this I have developed a neuroma that has become very painful. I saw Dr. Titko and she gave me options on how to go about correcting this problem. After several visits I’m happy to report I am painfree and able to walk comfortably in my work shoes once again. Thank you Dr. Titko !
on 24, Jul 2017
I first met Dr. Kristin Titko at a diabetes focus group at UC. Her presentation on various options to treat diabetes complications of the legs and feet sounded hopeful, as I had visited another foot care specialist who advised me he could do nothing to help me. In speaking with Dr. Kris after the meeting concerning my issues, she told me to come see her. Thankfully I made an appointment and will remain ever grateful to her for her professional care. Dr. Titko is friendly and caring, and listened to the problems I was experiencing (toe fungus and planter’s fibromas on both feet.) I was treated with laser therapy which completely healed my toe fungus and referred to a specific physical therapist who completely cleared up the fibromas in both feet. Additionally, she took biopsies which confirmed that my legs and feet were free of neuropathy (which is music to the ears of a Type 1 diabetic.) I continue to see her periodically for checkups. All things being said, Dr. Titko’s professional expertise allowed me take my life back by bringing me to a level of physical activity that I hadn’t experienced in several years. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone who is looking for a foot care specialist, especially diabetics. She treats you like family and you can place your trust in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been seeing Dr. Titko for a few years now, and she help me fix my cracked, dry feet and make them beautiful again. I thank you and my man thanks you too! You’re great!
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been to 4 orthopedic surgeons very highly recommended however they didn’t help me since July [4 months]! I broke my ankle. I am so thrilled to have found Dr Kristin Titko, she has been the ONLY doctor that I feel can help me! I have faith in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Titko’s since about 2006 and I have referred multiple friends to her. I’ve seen her for several different conditions, some chronic and some acute, and I always appreciate the approach she takes, which is to get me back to my normal activities as soon as possible.
on 24, Jul 2017
Six weeks out from my 2nd Ironman and planters facilities shows up. Nothing short of a miracle, Dr. Titko attacked this problem and on race day there was no pain and no excuses (with my foot), a PR for my 140.6 course at Ironman Louisville.
on 24, Jul 2017
I would like to thank Dr. Titko for getting me back on the tennis courts after a 5 month layoff. I know I should have sought treatment earlier, but being a Man I was stubborn! Don’t be like me, if you hurt go see her you will not regret it!
John W
on 24, Jul 2017
Dr Titko is by far one of the most professional doctors I’ve ever met. She treats you like family and ensures any problems you have are taken care of as quickly as possible. I was working a job where I had to stand on concrete all day in boots. She made custom Orthotics for my boots that did wonders for my feet and helped relieve the pain. Thank you for everything Dr Titko.-Scott Dr. Titko is fantastic! I had an ingrown toenail that had been bothering me off and on, and affected my running. She removed it and now my toe feels so much better. I would highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone needing a great podiatrist.
on 24, Jul 2017
I met you at the West Chester Jingle Mingle in December. In our conversation I mentioned that my son Landen Myers was having some problems with his feet and after meeting with 2 specialists already, the problem was getting worse, not better. After one meeting with you and six weeks later, your recommended home treatment has him pain free and nearly back to 100%. He plays baseball for Ohio State and his first game is two weeks. THANK YOU for getting him healthy in time for the season!
on 24, Jul 2017
After experiencing foot pain for way too long, I set up an appointment with Dr. Titko. Dr. Titko immediately identified what was causing the pain. She took care of an issue I was having to ease the pain, took x-rays and will have a treatment plan by my next visit. I truly appreciate her approach and respect for my time. Dr. Titko was professional and focused but, also very personable with a great sense of humor which made for a pleasant experience despite why I was there! Her staff was friendly and efficient getting me back right on time and out quickly. I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone experiencing similar issues.