Cancer is defined as should there be an abnormal excessive development of any tissue. So does or will cancer affect the foot? Certainly it does, as the foot has all the same tissues as other areas of the body. Cancer in the foot is quite infrequent, however when it does occur it has got the potential to be much more severe since it is often overlooked or misdiagnosed as somethng not too critical. There's two types of cancer which could affect the foot. One is where the cancer originates in the foot, so this could possibly be in the any tissue from the skin to the bone to joint or the tendons to the nerves or the blood vessels. Because the foot is a weight-bearing area of the body and it has numerous things that can go wrong a very high index of suspicion is necessary to identify one of these primary cancers from what might be considered a regular and frequent foot condition.
This is why the experience of a good skilled clinician is required to handle foot disorders and to rule out one of these more probably serious ailments that are uncommon. The other type of cancer which may affect the foot is a metastasis or a spread of the cancer coming from a different area of the body. This cancer may be already be diagnosed and may spread to the foot where it creates pain in the foot. On the other hand the cancer may begin growing in a different part of the body and it is un-diagnosed there and it sends a metastasis or propagates to the foot to cause pain in the foot. This is extremely unusual but when it does occur it is extremely serious since it typically means that the original cancer is more developed. It also creates a diagnostic problem for the clinician who is attempting to identify the reason for the pain in the foot. Again, a really high index of suspicion and intuition is needed by the clinician to pick this up in the first stages. The sooner that these kinds of cancers are diagnosed the better the end result will probably be.