Basal cell carcinoma masquerading as a hallux valgus.
The incidence of primary skin cancers of the foot is exceedingly low; conversely, problems associated with a hallux valgus are common. A nonhealing ulcer overlying a hallux valgus managed conservatively with ointments and orthotic adjustments, and even with skin grafts, did not resolve over a period of 10 years. Ultimately, a shave biopsy revealed that the lesion was a basal cell carcinoma. Wide local excision and another skin graft resulted in tumour eradication and, finally, healing. Basal cell carcinoma associated with a hallux valgus has not been previously reported, and this reinforces the concept that malignant degeneration as the cause of any chronic ulceration should not be overlooked.
Published In/Presented At
Hallock, G. G., & Bulatao, I. S. (2007). Basal cell carcinoma masquerading as a hallux valgus. The Canadian journal of plastic surgery = Journal canadien de chirurgie plastique, 15(1), 47–48. https://doi.org/10.1177/229255030701500104
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery