When we think of skin issues, we don’t always consider our feet. They’re usually not in sight, typically tucked away safely in shoes and socks. But any of us who have dealt with skin issues on our feet know that, while they might be out of sight, they’re definitely not out of mind!
One common skin issues on the feet is psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that stems from an overactive immune system and can affect the feet and toenails. Read more to find out what causes psoriasis and how we here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers can help ease any pain and discomfort.
Psoriasis is a condition related to your immune system that causes your skin cells to grow abnormally fast. This results in:
- Cracking and/or bleeding
- Patches of red skin covered in dry, flaky scales
- Cracked, brittle, and discolored toenails
Often, the symptoms of psoriasis mirror those of Athlete’s Foot, and can be difficult to distinguish. Even the discolored toenails are sometimes mistaken for a fungal infection of the toenails. A professional podiatrist can help make a proper diagnosis. The majority of patients – about 80% – are diagnosed with plaque psoriasis, but some develop pustular psoriasis. Pustular psoriasis causes light blisters on the soles that leave brown spots on your skin when they heal. Psoriasis flare-ups are often triggered by stress, smoking, drinking alcohol, medications, injuries, and even weather.
Management, prevention, and treatment
Psoriasis symptoms can come and go. If you’re suffering from psoriasis or trying to prevent another outbreak, here are some tips for treatment and prevention:
- Use lukewarm water when you shower. Hot water can dry your skin out.
- Always moisturize your skin after a shower
- Always apply sunscreen
- Stress can exacerbate symptoms, seek emotional support or counseling during stressful times
- Cut alcohol and smoking out
If you’re dealing with an outbreak currently, there are many ways to help treat the pain:
- Over the counter topical creams and ointments help manage discomfort
- Your podiatrist can prescribe medications as well
- Light therapy
If you notice any of the typical psoriasis symptoms, you should consult a medical professional. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers can help manage your psoriasis and mitigate any pain or discomfort. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!