A lot of patients complain about weird moles that they see on their feet. Sometimes they can be itchy or irritating. A lot of the times they are simply benign tumors. However, it can be something more dangerous like foot melanoma and can occur especially in the skin that’s exposed when you wear sandals on a sunny day.
If you are worried about that mole on your feet, please consider the ABCDs of melanoma:
- A - Asymmetry. If the mole is asymmetrical, it may be malignant
- B - Border. A benign mole has smooth, even borders, unlike malignant tumors which are usually more crooked.
- C - Color, if it presents with more than one color it may malignant
- D - Diameter, if it is bigger than the size of a pencial eraser it may be malignant.
Check your feet regularly for any change in skin appearance and please come visit us if you see anything abnormal. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet or ankles. In the case of melanoma, the most important thing is to protect your skin with sunscreen and moisterize while checking for moles regularly. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at (973) 673 – 3668.