Tumors of the feet can be a dangerous situation if not diagnosed early and treated appropriately. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can treat this condition at one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
Tumors of the foot can be benign or malignant. Benign foot tumors mostly affect the skin, soft tissue and bone. Malignant foot tumors mainly present themselves as kaposi's sarcoma and malignant melanoma, which mainly are uncovered in immune suppressed patients or those who are older than 85. The malignant tumors are uncommon and most are benign. This condition may also be referred to as foot lumps and can be triggered by infections, swelling or trauma. This condition, when caused by infections, can emerge as boils.
Benign and malignant tumors of the foot’s skin, muscles or bones can feel like lumps to the touch. For a proper diagnosis, biopsies or surgical removals of them can determine whether cancerous cells are present. These may be confused with cysts, which can develop in other places of the body. Other conditions that may occur throughout the body may cause tumors, such as arthritis. Foot lumps that are caused by infection, inflammation or trauma typically diminish when the original condition gets better. However, foot lumps that stay for longer periods of time may be cause for concern as they can show that tumors are present.
Treatment for those foot tumors that are non-cancerous will involve a medical professional injecting them with cortisone to reduce their size. It may also be surgically removed when required. As for the recovery period, activities should be limited and the foot should be elevated. Removable casts or crutches may be required for healing.
Tumors of the foot can come in different forms. Whether they are cancerous or not, it is best to determine their nature as early as possible to start treatment that may be necessary. We therefore suggest that you contact us when you can to get a grip on this condition.