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I am having a round spot on the back of my foot towards my toe. Is this freckle?

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Published At July 5, 2019
Reviewed AtJune 18, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I found a dark, round spot on the back of my foot towards my toe. Unfortunately, I do not know how long I have had it. I was told by my mom, who is a nurse, that it was probably a freckle. I am not sure because it is pretty big. It is still smaller than an eraser on a pencil though. When I rechecked it last week, I saw a little tip at the edge of the mark that I did not notice the first time I saw it, so I do not know if it is growing or not. Even after searching a lot of sites about this, cancer, etc., and knowing that my family does not have any history or genetics linked to cancer, I cannot tell what it is. Let me know if I should panic.

Answered by Dr. Payal Chauhan

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern, but there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to help you better. I need to see the affected area to assess the condition and to suggest the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Please send the picture of the affected area.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I am attaching the file.

Answered by Dr. Payal Chauhan

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Currently, it looks like a junctional melanocytic nevus (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which is a benign condition and nothing to worry about but keep it under observation and any sudden change of color or texture should be reported. One important feature to differentiate nevus from cancer or melanoma is that in benign nevus pigmentation becomes accentuated in furrows of plantar creases, as in your case but in melanoma, ridges become prominently pigmented.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Payal Chauhan
Dr. Payal Chauhan

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