Psoriasis is a painful and chronic skin condition that often strikes the feet and ankles. It is caused by an overactive immune system and causes red and itchy skin and can make the toenails brittle and crumbly. As the condition progresses it causes cracking in the skin that can lead to bleeding and possible infections.
Psoriasis can be the plaque type that occurs in most cases, or it can be the less common pustular type. In pustular psoriasis, small blisters form on the bottoms of the feet. While the blisters usually subside with minimal treatment, they often leave behind brown spots on the skin.
5 methods for treating foot psoriasis include the following:
- Keep your skin hydrated—Keeping your skin properly hydrated and moisturized will help decrease itching and flaking. Drink healthy fluids throughout the day and apply lotions after bathing to hold in the moisture.
- Oral and topical medications—Prescription medications are available in topical and oral formulations to treat psoriasis.
- Light therapy—Phototherapy is a method that exposes the skin to ultraviolet light to reduce the inflammation and scaling
- Avoid taking hot showers or baths—Hot water can further damage the skin, so always use warm water for showers and baths.
- Reduce emotional stress—Emotional stress can trigger an outbreak of psoriasis.
If you are experiencing unsightly psoriasis on your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor for the proper care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.