When you look at your feet and ankles and notice a growth that wasn’t there before, it could panic you. What is on my foot and why is it there? After a call into the podiatrist, they inform you that they have made an appointment for you to come in for an examination and a possible soft tissue biopsy. These words can be very frightening but read on to learn more about what you should expect if you have to go through a soft tissue biopsy.
What Is a Soft Tissue Biopsy?
A soft tissue biopsy is the removal of the skin, fat, muscle, and tendons that surround, connect, or support other tissues or organs of the foot or ankle. These biopsies are used to help inspect the skin and what might be causing the new growth or imperfection. They usually take a bit of time and are done by a surgeon.
What Can Cause a Soft Tissue Biopsy?
- Freckles that are bigger than average or discolored
- Moles that are bigger or more discolored than normal
- Infections due to fungus or bacteria
- Eczema, dermatitis or other rashes
- Lesions from diabetes or other underlying conditions
- Fibromas, cysts and other nodule conditions or diseases
- Psoriasis or other toenail conditions
What Does the Biopsy Involve?
A biopsy is the removal of a small piece of skin from an affected area. It is usually done under local anesthetic and then cleaned and wrapped up. There are multiple types of biopsies, here are the main types:
- A thin piece of tissue is shaved off, known as a shave biopsy.
- A tiny core of tissues is removed or punched out from the body. This may require the use of stitches.
- An entire piece of skin is removed and may require stitches.
A skin biopsy may sound alarming, but it is very necessary to help prevent severe diseases such as cancer, fungal infections and diabetic complications. If you suspect that something is wrong with the skin on your feet, it is important to call your podiatrist right away. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033, or you can also make an appointment online today. Assess unknown skin conditions before it is too late.