Kaposi’s sarcoma is a cancerous lesion that can occur on the soles of the feet. The disease is usually associated with HIV infection and/or AIDS. The lesion is irregular in shape and has a purplish, reddish, or bluish-black appearance. Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions tend to spread and form large plaques or become nodular. The nodular lesions have a firm, rubbery appearance.
To diagnose Kaposi’s sarcoma, a biopsy will need to be done. This involves removing a small piece of tissue to be examined. This type of cancer can occur in other areas of the body, and depending on where your doctor suspects this cancer to spread to, different methods of diagnosis will be done.
Many of the treatment options for Kaposi’s sarcoma are similar to other types of cancer. If a Kaposi tumor does not cause pain, treatment may not be needed. Some of the common treatments includes:
- Local therapy, such as surgery
- Radiation therapy
Depending on the severity of the lesion, the treatment may differ from person to person. If you notice these lesions on your feet, be sure to reach out to your doctor today.