Psoriasis and how it affects the feet
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by the rapid growth of skin cells, resulting in the formation of thick, silvery scales and red, itchy and inflamed patches on the skin. While psoriasis commonly affects areas like the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, it can also impact the feet and cause specific symptoms and challenges.
The skin affected by psoriasis on the feet can become excessively dry, scaly and prone to cracking. This can cause discomfort, pain and difficulty walking, especially if the cracks become deep or infected.
Many people with psoriasis find that certain things trigger or worsen their symptoms. Potential triggers can vary from person to person but may include:
- a recent injury to the skin, such as a cut, insect bite or sunburn
- emotional stress
- weather changes, especially when they cause skin dryness
- an illness or infection
- certain medications
Types of Psoriasis That Affect the Feet
- Plaque Psoriasis
- Guttate Psoriasis
- Pustular Psoriasis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
Treatment for psoriasis on the feet
As yet, there is no cure for this condition. However, a range of treatments can help relieve symptoms and reduce flare-ups. The choice of treatment will often depend on the type, location and severity of a person’s psoriasis.
The three primary treatments include topical medications, light therapy and systemic medications.
Topical medications come in different formulations, such as creams and ointments, that people apply directly to their skin.
Are you suffering from any foot condition? At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000.
We hope you have a feetastic day!
-The Chelsea Clinic and Team