Myths about Skin Cancer

Before we say goodbye to the month of May, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers want to acknowledge Skin Cancer Awareness Month and what it means for your feet. There are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States and that number continues to rise. The irony of this is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of the disease. About 85% of melanomas and 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers are caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Let’s dispel myths about sun safety and the dangers of unprotected exposure and save lives.

“Skin cancer doesn’t happen on your feet.” The skin on your feet is just as vulnerable to damage from the sun as anywhere else on your body. Oftentimes, however, skin cancers on the feet are not diagnosed until they have reached an advanced stage because patients don’t expect cancer to occur there.

“Everyone gets sunburned once in a while. As long as you’re careful most of the time, you should be okay.” Unfortunately, each burn damages your skin and increases your risk for developing skin cancer in the future. Studies show that if you have had more than five bad burns, your risk for melanoma doubles.

“I thought I had a freckle on my foot, but it started bleeding and now it has a scab—must have been a bug bite.” Although usually painless, recurrent bleeding and cracking are signs of a potentially cancerous mole or freckle. Inspect skin regularly and know the other changes to moles that can signal a problem:

  • Increase in size or becoming more raised
  • Asymmetrical
  • Irregular borders
  • Mottled or varied colors contained in one spot
  • Overall diameter is larger than an eraser on the end of a pencil

If you notice any of these symptoms in a mole on your foot, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office for an appointment. Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson will examine your feet and determine if the mole needs further evaluation.

“Going to a tanning booth helps protect your skin before a tropical vacation as long as you use a good sunscreen during each session.” Going to a tanning booth is actually voluntarily subjecting yourself to a known carcinogen. Patients who first used a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75%.

Always apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet and between your toes when out in the sun wearing open sandals or with bare feet. If you find something suspicious on the skin of your feet, contact us immediately.

Gout Affects More Men than Women

This month we recognize as Men’s Health Month. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, that gives us a chance to highlight a podiatric condition whose highest risk category is men between the ages of 40 and 60: gout.

6 Reasons To Call a Podiatrist

At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we would always rather see our patients on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with lower extremity pain and discomfort.

Foot Health Tips for Seniors

It’s May and here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re celebrating our senior patients in honor of Older Americans Month. In our practice, we serve patients in all age groups and each has its own particular foot health care needs.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

Keeping your feet healthy and protected can be tough when cooler weather comes. A Chilblain is an unsightly and uncomfortable skin issue that effects toes. Let’s take a look at chilblains, what causes them, and what you can do stop yourself...

What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.

Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story. As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.

Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly?

Hydrating Your Feet Year Round

No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked.

Hot Feet in Cold Weather?

Do your feet feel like they are on fire? And the rest of your body is cool or, in this weather, even cold? While it may seem like a glitch in your body’s system, there are reasons why you may have burning feet.
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