Skin Cancer & Melanoma
When you think of skin cancer, your feet are probably the last place that comes to mind. But between 3 and 15% of melanomas—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—develop in the feet and ankles. If you notice any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with our podiatrists right away:
- New or changing dark spot(s) on the foot that becomes larger, darker, or changes shape
- A mole or spot that bleeds or itches
- A sore on your foot that doesn’t heal
- A brown or black streak under your toenail with irregular edges
- A bruise on the toenail that doesn’t heal or move up as the nail grows
- Darkening skin next to the toenail
- A toenail that separates from the nail bed
Don’t panic—these symptoms could have other explanations. However, early detection is critical to safe and effective treatment!
How to Treat Foot Melanoma
It’s highly important to have your feet and toenails checked regularly for skin cancers, which may look different here than on other parts of the body. Our expert podiatrists know how to identify skin cancers of the foot, and can provide treatment, guidance, or, if necessary, referrals.
When detected early, foot melanomas are often treated with surgery. The cancer is removed with a procedure called wide excision, which removes both the cancerous tissue and a margin of healthy tissue around it. If the cancer is in a more advanced stage, treatments like radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be necessary. That’s why early detection is so important!
Fungal Nail Infection
Toenail fungus is one of the most pervasive—and persistent—nail conditions of the foot. It can be notoriously difficult to get rid of, which makes many people throw in the towel after repeated failed attempts. You could have a fungal infection if you have white, chalky nails, or if they are discolored, thick, crumbling, or have ragged edges.
How to Treat Toenail Fungus
At Lakes Foot & Ankle Associates, we have several options for the safe and effective treatment of fungal or diseased nails. Alongside methods like debridement, our topical and laser therapy options can produce spectacular results.
We often recommend Tolcylen, a nail renewal solution that treats fungus, softens thick nails, and improves the overall appearance and health of the nail. This solution is significantly more effective than drugstore nail fungus treatments and is less expensive than prescription topical medications.
We’re also proud to provide Cutera GenesisPlus nail fungus laser treatment to Commerce Township! Laser therapy passes through your nail to heat and destroy fungus at its source. It’s gentle on your skin yet tough on fungus—and in the course of 3 to 4 sessions, it offers powerful results!