Know more about a foot melanoma – Its types, and signs to look out for
Do you have moles in your feet? Moles in feet are also called “foot melanoma”. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. A melanoma may appear as a new spot or as a change in the appearance of an existing mole or freckle.
Early melanoma arising on the foot, particularly within the nail unit and on the plantar surface, can be difficult to recognise.
Types of Melanoma
Various types of melanoma can appear on the foot and under the toenails. 👣 It includes:
- Acral lentiginous melanoma – this type of melanoma develops equally in all skin colors but represents a greater proportion of melanomas in people with darker skin tones.
- Nodular melanoma – this is typically a very dark blue-black papule. Nodular melanoma is the type most likely to develop in older adults.
- Superficial Spreading Melanoma – superficial spreading melanoma is the most common type of melanoma. It grows outward across the skin, rather than inward toward the body’s organs and systems.
- Amelanotic Melanoma – these have no color and may resemble a person’s flesh. As a result, when they occur on the foot, doctors may misdiagnose them as less aggressive conditions.
Signs of Melanoma
We use the acronym CUBED when checking for signs of melanoma, naming it:
- Color: If the color of your mole is not the same throughout, or it has shades of multiple colors such as tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.
- Uniform: If one half of your skin mole does not match the other half.
- Border: If the border or edges of your mole are ragged, blurred or irregular.
- Elevation/Evolution: If your mole becomes raised after being flat, or it changes over a short period of time.
- Diameter: If the diameter of your mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.
Melanoma can spread. However, the outlook tends to be better when a person receives an early diagnosis and treatment.
Do you have a mole that worries you? Have us check with one of our podiatrist
and with our specialised dermascope 🔎 ✅
We hope you have a MOLEvelous day! 👣☀️
-The Chelsea Clinic and Team
Read our article about intoeing gait here https://www.thechelseaclinic.uk/intoeing-gait-👣/