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When are moles a problem?

We see a lot of moles on people’s feet and moles come in many different shapes and sizes. The good news is that most are nothing to worry about. Some moles you are born with, and others appear on their own. We have seen them under the feet, on top of the feet and even between the toes.

Some moles however can be a type of skin cancer so if it’s new or it has changed you should seek appropriate advice.

How can I check my moles?

It’s a good idea to keep a record of moles you have, how long have you had them for? Have they changed? You can take pictures too as a record and reference guide for yourself.

The main things to look for are the ABCDE

A – Asymmetry – looking at the shape of the mole and seeing if it is symmetrical or not. Ideally, they should be symmetrical.

B – Border – if the border of it is irregular. Ideally the border should be regular.

C – Colour – if the mole is several different colours. Ideally it should be one uniform colour but often they are not.

D – Diameter – if the mole is larger than the end of a pencil rubber it may be more at risk and need monitoring more closely.

E – Evolving – if the mole has changed or is changing in any of the above categories.

It is also important to look out for itching or weeping.

These are just pointers to help monitoring and on their own do not mean a mole is or is not cancerous, if you are concerned though, you should see your GP or a Dermatologist.

When to see a Podiatrist?

Some Podiatrists may be trained to use a dermascope (a skin microscope) so they can further investigate moles and other skin lesions. If they are concerned they will refer on to either your GP or a dermatologist. Podiatrists are often the first people to see things on the feet and also help to monitor them.  It is also possible to get melanoma under your nails, subungual melanoma.

If you have a mole, you can go straight to your GP or a Dermatologist, but a podiatrist is a great person to get information and advice from too.