FAQs - Foot Diseases

How do I know if I have cancer in my feet?

Cancer of the feet is a lot like cancers elsewhere on the body. They have tell-tale signs and symptoms that show if they are malignant tumors. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer on the lower limbs. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma are the three main kinds that affect the feet. The lesions they create are fairly distinct. Look for pearly white bumps or patches, scaly plaques, or abnormal brown or black spots.

Bone tumors are the other kind of cancer that is common in the lower limbs. These tumors create hard bumps that may grow larger and more painful as the condition progresses. These will need to be evaluated with X-rays to check them for malignancy. If you are concerned that a lesion or a bump on your lower limbs may actually be cancer, don’t wait. Have the spot investigated by experts, like Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists. Contact our office in Belvidere, NJ, for an appointment. Just call (908) 475-8750 or use the web request form.

How do you get athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a common infection caused by fungus that lives and thrives in the environment around you. You get it when your feet are both exposed to the pathogen and foster a fungus-friendly living environment where it can grow. You can be exposed to the infection in many different ways. Typically this happens when you walk barefoot on a contaminated surface, like a pool deck, sauna floor, community shower, or locker room floor where the fungus is growing. The pathogen then transfers to your skin. You can also get it by touching the bare feet or contaminated footwear of another person who has the condition.

Simple exposure isn’t enough, however. Your feet need to provide the right environment for growth. This means they are warm, moist, and enclosed in a space without much ventilation. Sweaty feet trapped in shoes all the time are prime victims. If you’re concerned you may have athlete’s foot, let Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists evaluate the problem. Call (908) 475-8750 to reach our Belvidere, NJ, office location.