Cancer could affect every region of the body and the foot is no different. It can be, however, unusual on the foot but when it does occur having the diagnosis correct is extremely important. Cancer is a problem of the cells in various body tissues. A cancer takes place when abnormal cells develop in an out of control manner and then they may harm or invade the adjacent tissues, or propagate to other parts of your body, resulting in further damage.
There are two main different types of cancer that might impact the foot. One is that a tumour can develop in one of the cells in the foot. It may be in every tissue within the feet with the skin to the ligaments to the joints to the bone tissue. This could be a melanoma on the skin or an osteoma in the bone. These are often obvious to the eye, if on the skin or to imaging if in deeper tissues. The outward symptoms will vary from the visual appearance on the skin to pain inside the foot. The pain is commonly not like the more typical factors that cause foot pain, therefore may be easy to diagnose. Most of these different kinds of cancers which affect the feet are generally benign and relatively simple to manage. Occasionally they are not benign and their treatment assumes some urgency when it's malignant.
The other type of cancer that affects the feet are the ones that are a metastasis from a cancer elsewhere in the body like the bronchi or bladder. They send out a seed which imbeds in alternative tissues distant from the primary cancer, in this instance, the foot. In most cases the existence of the primary cancer is diagnosed, however this signal of their spread is major. In some cases the foot pain from a metastasis from the remote cancer is the very first manifestation of the cancer, and this can be a bad signal, so it really needs to be quickly further investigated.
This is a clear warning the reason it's so crucial to get yourself a medical diagnosis established and right for any reason for foot pain. The probabilities are that the problem is uncomplicated, and the diagnosis is just not difficult. On that incredibly rare situation that it is a cancer is probably the cause, the need for getting the medical diagnosis right in the beginning might be the difference between the problem being deadly or otherwise. Podiatric doctors have a large amount of education in foot disorders and these rare problems will almost always be on their radar every time they are dealing with someone with foot pain. The issue to the patient with regards to a greater final result are dependent upon the podiatrist suspecting that rare cause of the pain and getting it further looked into when they are suspicious.
The treating of a cancer that affects the foot will depend if it is malignant or benign as well as what cells are impacted and how far it has advanced. The treating of cancers which affect the foot are no dissimilar to cancer in other regions in the body and can call for a team of health experts.