Yesterday I indulged in a pedicure at Healing Steps Spa. As our pedicurist was performing a great foot massage and scrub, she noticed a small bump on the outside of my left foot. We called Diana, our head medical assistant, into the room, and they both looked at it strangely. Diana took a picture of it - a small, solitary (single) bump that seemed to be filled with fluid.
It was strange – typically athlete’s foot (which I have had before!) comes in bumps with clusters (lots of bumps) and itches. It seemed small for a cyst or ganglion and didn’t have pus or other infectious drainage or redness around it.
Clinically my educated hypothesis would be a strange presentation of tinea pedis (athlete’s foot). I don’t have a history of lichen planus or psoriasis (two other possible culprits). But the best way for us to find out is to biopsy it – so we did! I will report back on the results in a few days. But needless to say, biopsies are important as a way to definitively diagnose and treat skin conditions. It’s probably something that I can simply apply my Clarus anti-fungal crème to for a few days to clear up – but what if it isn’t? Only the biopsy will know for sure!
Please be sure to check your skin and have all those little bumps biopsied – I will also be sending out a biopsy of a little mole that Diana saw yesterday too – those extra eyes can be a lifesaver! More to come and please stop in for a complete skin consultation at our office!