Lesions refer to any abnormal variations in skin color or texture. It may be caused by infection, injury, or abnormal growth of skin tissue. Foot lesions in particular can be painful as the feet are responsible for moving the body and bearing weight constantly. Foot lesions are common in diabetic patients due to nerve damage and poor circulation and can easily go unnoticed if the patient does not check their feet regularly.
Since foot lesions can vary, they are broadly separated into two classifications: benign and malignant. Benign lesions are non-cancerous while malignant lesions are cancerous and pose a risk to the patient’s overall health and wellbeing. Common foot lesions include corns, calluses, fungal infections, bacterial infections, ulcers, warts, tumors, and allergic reactions.
Treatment will focus on eliminating symptoms, healing the lesion, and treating any underlying condition or cause of the lesion. Treatment is often individualized based on the characteristics of the lesion and the state of the patient’s health. Common treatment options include antibiotics, topical medication, special footwear, and surgery. Surgery can be used to cleanse the area of infection, remove lesions or decaying skin, while also treating cases that may have penetrated deeper into the body such as an infection within your bones. If your lesion is cancerous, your treatment will depend on the stage of cancer and how far it has spread.
For more information on foot lesions and how we can help or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today at (702) 362-2622.