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A 43-year-old member asked:

I'm scaeed. can plantar warts indicate foot melanoma?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
No: Foot warts are different than melanoma, and are approached differently. Melanoma is very serious, and if you have a questionable skin lesion you should bring it to your doctor's attention immediately. Not knowing seems to be scary to you now. Why not have it checked out and [likely] get started on appropriate care.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
No: Plantar warts do not cause melanoma. However melanoma can develop on the soles of your hands and feet. See your dermatologist to make the correct diagnosis.
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Dr. Ernest Isaacson
Podiatry 22 years experience
Relax. Warts are very common and not generally a sign of anything scary. A biopsy is easily done in the office and would definitively allay your fears.
Feb 12, 2013
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
No: Fortunately plantar warts are not associated with melanoma. In some patients plantar warts can be associated with another kind of skin cancer, called squamous cell carcinoma. See your Dermatologist or Surgeon if you are concerned for a biopsy.
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Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NO BUT.....: Plantar warts do not indicate melanoma, but melanoma can look like plantar warts. If concerned, see a doctor.
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