Bone Tumors in New Jersey
The highly skilled team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons, based out of Cedar Knolls, NJ, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of bone tumors.
What are Bone Tumors?
Bone tumors are an abnormal growth of cells within the bone. They fall into two categories:
- “Primary tumors” which originate in the bone or tissues adjoined to the bone.
- “Secondary tumors” which originate in other sites and spread to the bone.
While it is a rare occurrence, bone tumors can be found in the bones of your feet and ankles.
Signs & Symptoms
- Pain that you feel in your bone, particularly at night.
- Fractures occurring more often, since tumors weaken the bones
From a medical standpoint, bone tumors are classified as either benign (i.e. are considered harmless) or malignant (i.e. has the potential of becoming progressively worse). This, along with any reduction in foot function, will often determine your course of treatment.
Diagnosing Bone Tumors
Bone tumors are diagnosed during a medical history and physical exam, which may include X-rays, blood and urine tests, and a needle or surgical biopsy of the growth. Depending on the tumor’s location, your doctor will perform a biopsy of the tumor tissue.
Benefits of Bone Tumor Treatment
- Reduced pain
- Increased functionality of your feet or ankles
- Increased self-esteem, especially if your tumor is large and/or highly visible.
How is Bone Tumor Treatment Performed?
Effectively addressing bone tumors can involve one or more types of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation, medication, and/or surgery. If surgery is required, the doctor will monitor several X-rays to see if the tumor is shrinking or growing.
Secondary bone tumors are unique in terms of treatment, due to the specialized plan depending highly on where the cancer has originated, and where it has spread.
Excision of the tumor often solves the issue, although bone tumors can reappear. The surgeon may need to remove the tumor and some of the healthy tissue and bone around it. In some cases, the excised bone is replaced with a metallic implant or bone transplant.
Successful treatment depends on cancer type, size, location, among several other factors.
Preparing for Bone Tumor Treatment
Depending on your diagnosis, medication intended to support bone density may be the first line of defense.
To minimize your risks:
- Check your feet daily when you wash and dry them for any unusual changes, like lumps, bumps, discolored spots, or skin lesions.
- Protect your feet from the sun by using sunscreen to prevent damage that could lead to developing skin cancer.
- Do not ignore spots that do not seem to be healing, are unusual in shape or seem to grow in size.
Recovery from Bone Tumor Treatment
Using the information above as a guide, how long your recovery will take and what you will need to do during the process is highly dependent on the bone tumor treatment you receive.
A New Generation of Foot & Ankle Specialists
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
How Much Does Bone Tumor Treatment Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
We take pride in making your experience as comfortable as possible. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!