Skin Lesions in New Jersey
If left untreated, skin lesions can cause numerous health concerns; let the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons based out of Cedar Knolls, NJ help you develop a recovery plan before infection strikes.
What are Skin Lesions?
Skin lesions are areas that feature some type of abnormal appearance compared to the surrounding skin. Skin lesions can encompass a wide variety of types, including blisters, rashes, scars, scales, ulcers, and more.
Skin lesions fall into two classifications:
- Primary (appears at birth or over the course of a lifetime)
- Secondary (caused by an outside force, usually through irritation)
A disease most often causes them—warts would be a common example. Others are hereditary, such as with freckles or moles, while others are caused by allergic reactions.
Benefits of Skin Lesions Treatment
- Reduced pain, itching, and/or burning.
- Clearing up infections and providing your body time to properly heal
How is Treatment for Skin Lesions Performed?
A podiatrist will carefully examine all areas of your feet and take your full medical history. He or she may order blood tests to check for signs of systemic infection.
The podiatrist may use a local anesthetic and perform a biopsy of one or more of the skin lesions.
The tissue collected during the biopsy will be sent to a pathology laboratory for analysis. The podiatrist may order additional tests such as an x-ray or MRI if he or she suspects that the lesions are affecting the soft tissues or bones of your feet.
The treatment for skin lesions depends on the cause of the lesion.
- Lesions resulting from plantar warts may be excised with a scalpel. The podiatrist may also use liquid nitrogen to freeze off plantar warts or actinic keratosis.
- If the pathology report shows that the lesion is a melanoma skin cancer or a Kaposi’s sarcoma, you may need additional surgery or chemotherapy to eliminate the cancer.
Once removed the podiatrist will dress the wounds. You may need stitches to close large lesions. You may need to return to have new dressings applied and stitches removed.
Preparing for Skin Lesions Treatment
Be watchful of any pigmented lesion that suddenly appears and starts to change in appearance.
If your skin lesions are determined to be mild or moderate, or to result in no danger to your overall health, there might not be any preparations required.
However, if your skin lesions require intensive treatments such as draining or surgery, your physician will advise you the best methods of preparation.
Skin Lesions Treatment Recovery
- Non-surgical treatment for your skin lesions often requires little to no recovery time, other than taking any prescribed medications or providing your body with enough rest so that it can heal.
- However, surgical methods will almost certainly require longer recovery times, as well as follow-up visits to the Advanced Foot & Ankle office to monitor your progress.
What Makes Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons Unique
With a combination of quality care and advanced technology, we offer breakthrough treatments for podiatry patients.
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.
Motivated in taking on complex challenges, Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson are the surgeons of choice for foot and ankle treatments in Cedar Knolls, NJ, and Northern NJ.
How Much Does Treatment for Skin Lesions 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.
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.
Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!