Checking your feet for skin changes is a key part of identifying malignant lesions before they cause too much damage. There are a variety of symptoms to be wary of—particularly for melanoma. Small, scaly bumps or plaques, particularly if they crack and bleed or have a callus over them, may be squamous cell carcinoma. White, pearly patches or bumps that ooze may signal basal cell carcinoma. Malignant melanoma, the rarest and most deadly of the skin cancers on the feet, has many possible symptoms that fit into an “ABCD” pattern.
These letters stand for asymmetry, borders, colors, and diameter. Malignant melanoma usually has an asymmetrical shape; is surrounded by irregular or uneven borders, displays multiple color splotches; or has a diameter greater than six millimeters. If you think you notice cancer on either of your feet, contact Dr. Darren Silvester and our team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Universal City or Pleasanton, TX, to take care of it right away. You can reach us for an appointment by calling 210.375.3318 or by using the online request form.