Is it possible to get skin cancer on your feet?

Doctor examining footWhen the temperature starts to rise all of us begin to venture outdoors and crave the beautiful Spring and Summer days in Colorado. Everyone starts making plans to go to the pool, parks, festivals, and sporting events. However, it is important to be cautious about the health of the skin on your feet.

In Colorado, our altitude puts us closer to the sun. This means that the strength of the sun may be a little bit more severe in our neck of the woods, making it extra critical that you protect yourself from harmful solar radiation. Your feet are no exception to this rule.

Melanoma is a malignant type of cancer that mostly effects the skin. This includes the skin on your feet. It is the biggest cause of skin cancer-related deaths and should be taken very seriously. A less-aggressive skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, is also a risk from sun exposure.

If you notice any of the following, it is important that you contact a podiatrist at Podiatry Associates to look at your feet:

Pigment changes

Odd shapes or sizes on your feet

Unusual spotting on your feet

These could all be signs of skin cancer. Before you go outdoors, it is important to apply a generous layer of sunscreen on your body and feet.

For more help, contact one of our podiatrists at 303-805-5156 to schedule an appointment at our Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, or Parker, CO locations. We will discuss with you the right solution to keep your feet healthy and comfortable so that you can continue to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities in Colorado, pain free.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC