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Foot Cancer – Know the facts

Foot cancer is not something we tend to hear a lot about, as it is a rare form of cancer. However, it is something that you need to be aware of, as it is extremely serious. In fact, one study concluded that the overall five-year survival rate for patients with melanoma of the ankle and foot was 52 per cent, which is 32 per cent lower than the survival rate for patients that have this form of cancer somewhere else on the lower part of their body. Most cancers of the ankle and foot are often diagnosed too late or missed altogether, as feet are one of the parts of the body that is least cared for. Moreover, it can be very tough to identify cancer that arises within the sole surface or under the nail.

Causes of foot cancer

The causes of foot cancer vary; however, a lot of people experience this type of cancer because they have had too much exposure to the sun. This is why it is imperative to make sure you apply sunscreen whenever your ankles and feet are exposed outdoors. Other causes and risk factors include a personal or family history of melanoma, light hair, freckles, fair skin, and moles.

Things to look out for

As mentioned earlier, a lot of foot cancer goes unnoticed, which is why it is important to be aware of the key signs to look out for. You need to see a podiatrist immediately if you notice any of the signs or symptoms mentioned below:

  • A change in the surface of a mole, including bleeding, oozing, or the occurrence of a nodule or bump.
  • Pain, tenderness, or itchiness
  • Scaly areas of the foot
  • Bumps that bleed or crack
  • Swelling or redness beyond a lesion’s border
  • A sore that will not heel
  • A new or unusual mole that has one of the following characteristics:

o   The lesion changes in colour, shape, or size

o   The diameter is more than six mm

o   The lesion is more than one colour

o   The border of the lesion is indistinct, ragged, or irregular

o   One side of the lesion is different from the other side

Diagnosis and treatment

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, it is important to book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. They will conduct a skin biopsy and a clinical examination in most cases in order to determine whether you have cancer of the foot. A skin biopsy is really straightforward; a small sample of skin will be taken from the lesion in your foot. It will then be sent to a skin pathologist, who will take a look at the tissue in further depth in order to determine what is wrong. If you do have cancer, you will be advised on the best treatment. Although treatment does differ from person to person, surgery tends to be the solution in most cases, as this should ensure that the disease is controlled while also guaranteeing long-term health.

 

12 foot facts to flabbergast you

You may well take your feet for granted and underestimate their greatness when you put them through the mill every day. But we’ve got 12 fantastic foot facts that will flabbergast you and hopefully give you a new found love and respect for your feet!

  1. 25% of the body’s bones are in your feet

Each foot has a staggering 26 bones, which is one less bone than in each of our hands.

  1. Shoes of the millennia

Research suggests that as far back as 40,000 years ago early humans were wearing basic shoes.

  1. The average person walks 10,000 steps per day

You may not feel like you’ve covered a lot of ground in a day, but the average person is estimated to cover around 10,000 steps, which can be up to 5 miles.

  1. The big toe was once a big thumb

During the evolution from ape to man, what we now know as our big toe, was in fact used like a gripping thumb, helping our predecessors climb trees.

  1. Sweaty feet syndrome

There are more sweat glands per square centimetre on the soles of feet than anywhere else on the body, which may explain why they sweat around ¼ pint each day.

  1. Your feet will take you round the world four times

The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime, which equates to more than 4 times around the world.

  1. The afternoon is ideal shoe shopping time

If you want to get the most out of your next shoe shopping trip, do it in the afternoon. Throughout the day your feet swell and grow bigger, so buying shoes in the afternoon will mean they’ll fit your feet at their biggest.

  1. Standing is a tiring business

You may be surprised to know that standing in one spot for a length of time is far more tiring than walking. This is because there is more strain put on the same muscles for a longer period of time.

  1. Your feet are a reflection of your general health

Much of the body’s functions are linked to your feet, so many initial signs of illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes and circulation problems will appear in your feet first.

  1. High Heel Pressure

For those of you who love wearing high heels, you may be staggered to know that wearing just a 2.5inch heel can increase the pressure on the ball of your foot by 75%.

  1. Women are more likely to have foot problems

Whether it’s hereditary or a love of high heels, studies show that women are four times more likely to experience foot problems such as bunions, corns, rheumatoid arthritis and more.

  1. There’s a Guinness record for the most feet

During 15 years of working in a lab testing Dr. Scholl products, Madeline Albrecht was reported to have sniffed over 5,600 feet and unknown number of armpits, earning her a Guinness World Record for the number of feet and armpits sniffed!

Now you’re a little more aware of how fascinating feet really are – so make sure you treat yours well!