Now that it’s pedicure season, some of my clients have asked if there is a way to remove dark spots from the bottoms of their feet. They have no medical conditions.
Patients with pigmented spots on the bottoms of their feet can use hydroquinone, over the counter or at a higher strength (4%) from a doctor. I would not give a patient a prescription unless I had done a biopsy to make sure the dark spot or mole was non-cancerous. If your client has seen her podiatrist or dermatologist and it’s been determined that the discolorations are simply moles or dark spots, they can be bleached with hydroquinone. Sunscreen must be used at the site to prevent the dark spots from re-darkening in the sun. — Johanna Youner is a New York City-based podiatrist and director of the podiatry clinic at New York University Downtown Hospital.