This past week I have seen a number of patients that were concerned with discolorations on their feet. They had small circular colored lesions, ranging from blue to black and the sizes ranged from a small dot to the entire soles of their feet. The lesions had been present for some time, but of recent, the patients either noticed pain to the area or a change in size/appearance.
The patients had not tried any treatments. When they presented to the office, I explained to them the different possibilities and causes of the lesions. I performed a biopsy of the lesion, which required a mild anesthetic to the area and then a small sample is sent off to the lab. The patients had no discomfort to the area, even days after the procedure. No stitches were required, just a light dressing for the first 24 hours after the biopsy. Once the biopsy results come back, typically after 7 to 10 days, treatment options will be discussed in detail with the patient.
You should check your feet daily for any abnormalities. If you notice any discolored spots on your feet, it is best to have them checked out, no matter how minor you may think it is. It is not normal to have spots and discolorations on your feet and nails, especially if they are changing in size and appearance. It could be melanoma (skin cancer). The sooner you have it checked out, the more beneficial it will be for your health! Feel free to give us a call at 813-875-0555 to schedule an appointment to have your feet checked out!