Skin Cancer of the Foot and Ankle
Interfyl is a recently developed biological that is allogenic, decellularized partical human tissue derived form the amnionic tissue of a placenta. Interfyl can be injected to help repair damaged tissue without the inflammatory phase of healing resulting in less discomfort and swelling follwing the procedure. It can be used to relieve symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and post surgery swelling and pain. The particals that are derived form the amnionic tissue can be formed into a sheet to help heal tendons, bones and ulcers. In the sheet form it is called Biovance. Visit Alliqua.com for more information.
“Skin cancer” is a general term for three distinct cancers that can appear on the foot: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, appears on sun-exposed areas as a smooth, raised bump or a sore that is not healing. It rarely metastasizes or causes death because it grows slowly and rarely spreads. It is easily treated with surgery or radiation.
Squamous cell carcinoma appears on sun-exposed areas as thick, red, scaly patches or as a bleeding ulcer. It is more serious than basal cell carcinoma because in some instances it may spread to other areas of the body.
Melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, begins in the cells of the skin that produce pigmentation (coloration) and spreads to other areas of the body as it grows beneath the surface of the skin.
Treatment of skin cancer, which varies depending on its type and location and the age of the patient, may include chemotherapy, radiation and surgical excision. Referral to an oncologist may be necessary