Benign and Malignant Tumors

Both benign and malignant tumors are severe foot conditions that require the best possible medical care. The majority of foot and ankle tumors are benign, so they can be removed or eliminated with treatment. When the cells are malignant, however, they can invade surrounding tissue and spread rapidly. The symptoms of malignant tumors can mimic other health-related conditions, making their diagnosis tricky. That's why you need to rely on the knowledge and experience of the foot care specialists at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, NJ.

Tumors are not something you usually associate with the feet. But benign and malignant tumors do grow on feet and ankles. Benign tumors don't infect neighboring tissue, but malignant ones attack healthy tissue in other areas, eventually spreading throughout your body. Fortunately, the majority of foot tumors, when they do appear, are benign, while the malignant ones are quite rare.

Malignant foot tumors pose a serious health risk that leads to severe consequences. It just isn't worth the risk to brush off a small lump or soft bulge on your foot that isn't causing you any pain. A lump anywhere in your foot should be taken as seriously as a lump in your breast or anywhere else in your body.

A foot tumor expert — such as Dr. Velimir Petkov of Premier Podiatry in Passaic County, New Jersey — moves quickly to diagnose the lump to determine whether you have cancer or need additional treatments. Dr. Petkov has the knowledge and experience to be able to identify benign and malignant tumors. And he has access to the latest diagnostic equipment at his practice. 

Causes and Symptoms of Benign and Malignant Tumors

Although modern medicine has made significant progress in the understanding of tumors, it's still challenging to trace their exact cause. Several variables often seem to play a role. Some of the most likely culprits include:

  • Diet. Poor nutrition can lead to multiple health problems, including tumors.
  • Stress. Excessive demands on your body and mind lead to poor health outcomes.
  • Infection. An untreated infection can cause a tumor to grow.
  • Genetics. Certain types of tumors may be more prevalent within your family.
  • Environment. Exposure to certain environmental toxins or radiation can lead to both benign and malignant tumors.
  • Trauma. Foot injuries can eventually lead to tumors. A previous injury to your foot precedes 20 percent of the cases of malignant foot tumors.

The symptoms of both benign and malignant tumors can be deceptive. Some people believe their shoes are causing them pain when a tumor is actually at fault. Dr. Petkov can diagnose children because he's a children's podiatrist. If your child has a limp, visit Premier Podiatry because they may be having trouble walking correctly due to a foot tumor.

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Premier Podiatry
925 Clifton Ave Ste. 107,
Clifton, NJ 07013
+1 (973) 315-5555
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