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Biopsies

In podiatry, you and your doctor may at one point find yourselves facing a skin condition that may be difficult to diagnose.  In this occurrence, a biopsy can be a useful tool in determining not only an illuminating diagnosis, but an optimal treatment.  Many skin conditions can be difficult to tell apart, and a biopsy can complement and confirm a diagnosis. 

A biopsy involves the removal and microscopic examination of a small sample of soft tissue.  Soft tissue includes the skin, fat, muscle, and tendons that surround, connect, or support other tissues or organs.  The biopsy itself will take only a few minutes, and can be one of several different types: shave biopsy, punch biopsy, or incisional or excisional biopsy.  A shave biopsy involves the shaving off of a thin piece of tissue.  A punch biopsy involves the removal of a tiny core of tissue using a small, round instrument.  Punch biopsies may require stitches afterward.  An incisional or excisional biopsy involves the removal of a piece of tissue or an entire lesion.  These biopsies may also require stitches afterward.

After the sample is taken, it is then sent to a clinical laboratory to identify the condition.  The diagnosis will then allow your podiatrist to determine the best course of action and a treatment plan that is most appropriate for you.

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