Psoriatic Nails and Feet
Psoriasis of the Feet Overview
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition where rapid cell generation forces your body to produce new skin cells faster than they are normally shed. The result is thick patches of skin that can be white, silvery, or red. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body. When a patient gets psoriasis of the feet, it is most commonly on the bottom of the feet, although it can occur on the top of the feet too. Psoriasis can range from mild to disabling. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown; however, it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, if you have psoriasis on your feet, you should still seek treatment. Various creams and ointments have proven successful in treating the symptoms of psoriasis. Symptoms include dryness, itching, cracking, and burning. If you are concerned that you might have psoriasis of the feet, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Lake Worth podiatrists.
What is psoriasis of the feet?
Psoriasis of the feet is a chronic condition of the skin. If you have psoriasis, your skin cells’ lifecycle is affected and produces new cells at a faster pace than normal. This causes a build-up of skin on the surface of the skin. Red, white, or silvery patches of thick skin form. They can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Doctors are unsure what causes psoriasis, but they believe that it has to do with a weakened immune system. If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis, there are triggers that you should avoid because they can make symptoms worse. Psoriasis triggers include:
- Cuts, scrapes, sunburn, and other skin injuries
- Cold weather
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Medication side effects
Symptoms psoriasis of the feet
The symptoms of psoriasis of the feet can range from mild to severe. This condition causes a thick patch of skin that can be red, white, or a silvery color. The affected skin can be itchy and dry. The skin on your feet can also start to crack and sting or burn. Psoriasis on the feet most commonly occurs on the soles of the feet, but it can appear on the top of the feet as well. Patients with severe psoriasis can also have psoriasis of the nails and psoriatic arthritis. Symptoms of psoriatic nails include unusual thickness, breakage, pitting, and lines. If left untreated, this condition can continue to get worse.
Treatment for psoriasis of the feet
There is no cure for psoriasis, but treatment of symptoms is available. Topical treatments such as creams and ointments are often used to treat psoriasis. Topical treatments can be used in combination with other psoriasis treatments including light therapy and oral or injected medications. There are so many different topical treatments, light therapy options, and different medications that it is important to work with your doctor to find what combination will work to control your symptoms best.
Diagnosing psoriasis of the feet
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for psoriasis treatment? Don’t stress over visiting a podiatrist. Our goal is to work with you and relieve your discomfort. The doctor can usually diagnose psoriasis of the feet with an examination. In some cases, the doctor might need to take a biopsy of your skin to confirm the diagnosis. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of conditions that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.
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Don’t live with the itching and pain of psoriasis another day! Our Lake Worth podiatrists are very experienced in diagnosis and treatment. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment.