When at the pool or lake we all lather up with sunscreen to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But do we remember to apply sunscreen to our feet?
Many don’t realize skin cancer can occur on the feet from unprotected sun exposure, and overlook applying sunscreen to the area. But, Patrick Bartholomew DPM, AACFAS warns skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.
While all types of skin cancer, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, can be found on the foot, the most common is one of the most serious forms, melanoma. Symptoms can be as subtle as an abnormal-looking mole or freckle found anywhere on the foot, and often go unnoticed without routine foot exams.
According to foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Bartholomew, early diagnosis is key to effective treatment for the condition. But because people aren’t looking for the early warning signs or taking the same precautions they do for other areas of the body, often times skin cancer in this region is not diagnosed until later stages.
“I advise my patients to regularly inspect their feet, including the soles, in between their toes and even under their toenails, for any abnormal or changing moles or spots and to have any suspicious areas promptly examined by a foot and ankle specialist or dermatologist,” Dr. Bartholomew explains.
Dr. Bartholomew is a member of the ACFAS and board qualified forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive
surgery. He earned his podiatric medical degreefrom Temple School of Podiatric Medicine and practices in Lee County. Family Foot and Leg Center’s phone number is (239) 430-3668 and their web site is https://www.naplespodiatrist.com/
For more information on skin cancer of the foot contact Dr. Patrick Bartholomewat (239) 430-3668 or visit the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ Web site, FootHealthFacts.org.
Dr. Patrick Bartholomewat
9510 Corkscrew Palms Cir #3, ESTERO
6846 International Center Blvd., Suite B, FORT MYERS
1645 Colonial Blvd., FORT MYERS
530 SE 16th Pl., Cape Coral