Cancer is described as when there is an abnormal excessive growth of any kind of tissue. So does or can cancer impact the foot? Certainly it does, as the foot has all the same tissues as other regions of the body. Cancer in the foot is quite uncommon, but when it does happen it has got the potential to be much more severe because it is often overlooked or wrongly diagnosed as a condition not too severe. There are two forms of cancer that could impact the foot. The first is where the cancer starts in the foot, so this might be in the any tissue from the skin to the bone to joint or the ligaments to the nerves or the blood vessels. Because the foot is a weight-bearing area of the body and it has a lot of things which may go wrong an extremely high index of suspicion is necessary to identify one of these primary cancers from what could be thought to be a typical and common foot problem.
This is the reason the expertise of a good knowledgeable clinician is required to handle foot ailments and to rule out one of these more sometimes critical conditions that are uncommon. The other type of cancer that might affect the foot is a metastasis or a spread of the cancer from another area of the body. This cancer might be already be clinically diagnosed and may spread to the foot where it creates pain in the foot. On the other hand the cancer may start developing in a different area of the body and it is un-diagnosed there and it sends a metastasis or spreads to the foot and causes pain in the foot. This is very unusual but when it can happen it's very serious since it normally signifies that the original cancer is well established. It also poses a diagnostic dilemma for the clinician who is aiming to identify the real reason for the pain in the foot. Again, a very high index of suspicion and intuition is required by the clinician to pick this up in the first stages. The sooner that these forms of cancers are clinically diagnosed the better the end result may very well be.