Know Your Bumps: Catching Tumors in the Feet
Valentine’s Day is the day of love and romance, but do you want to be worried about a tumor or bump you found in your foot earlier in the week instead of enjoying some quality time with your loved one? If you suspect you might have a tumor in your foot don’t hesitate to call us because knowing what you’re dealing with can put your mind at ease so you can get back to the important things in life.
Tumors are found in two places in the feet: the soft tissue or the bones. Soft tissue tumors are more easily felt with your hand. This is when daily foot checks come into play. If you feel a bump it can be scary and worrisome, but don’t jump to conclusions. It could easily be a ganglion cyst, which is benign. Ganglion cysts are usually left untreated unless they are causing you pain in which case they can be drained. Your tumor will be biopsied by a doctor to make sure it’s not malignant. If cancer is found an aggressive treatment plan will begin. Early detection is very important when it comes to cancer, so make sure you’re checking your feet every single day.
Another place that tumors can be found is the bones. These are very rare and are often benign, but it’s still a good idea to get them checked out by a doctor. Bone tumors, depending on their placement, may result in pain, inability to comfortably wear shoes, numbness, and cosmetic concerns. Bone tumors may even be found in children, for instance simple bone cysts and steochondromas are often found in people under the age of 18. It should be noted that while rare, bone cancer in the foot is still a possibility. If you are experiencing pain or even suspect that you may have a tumor in the bones of your feet you should get to a doctor right away, even if only to ease your worry.