What are signs of melanoma?

Melanoma is a serious form of cancer that often develops around or under the toenail or on the sole of the foot. There’s a reason why this type of skin cancer on the feet is so dangerous. How often do you look at the soles of your feet? By the time you notice anything, the condition may be too advanced to have a good prognosis. You need to be vigilant for signs of melanoma so you can catch them early and give treatment a chance.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Blue or black skin spots that resemble a mole or look abnormal
  • Pain, tenderness or itchiness that wasn’t at that spot before
  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • Pigment, redness, or swelling that spreads from a smaller spot
  • Changes in a mole, including oozing, bleeding, scaling, or developing a nodule

Check every area of both feet once a month for unusual signs, and if you see anything, call us right away. Better to find out it’s a simple black toenail than to ignore the problem and reduce your chance of survival. Dial (303) 423-2520 to reach Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center offices in Golden and Wheat Ridge, CO.