Psoriasis is a chronic skin ailment that typically affects the lower legs and feet. Most patients who develop this skin condition experience a type of plaque psoriasis that causes the skin cells to grow rapidly as a response to a hyperactive immune system. Symptoms include severe skin cracking and possible bleeding with inflammation and dry, flaky skin that looks like fish scales.
Another type of skin disease that can be more problematic for the feet is called pustular psoriasis. As the name implies, pustules (fluid-filled blisters) form on the bottom of the feet. The blisters are usually of light color and may resolve with rest, leaving behind small brown spots.
Psoriasis outbreaks are linked to weather extremes, smoking, and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Skin injuries and certain medications can also contribute to the severity of an outbreak.
Some excellent treatments for foot psoriasis include the following:
- Skin creams—It’s essential to keep your skin properly moisturized with hydrating lotions.
- Medicine—A variety of prescription medications can minimize symptoms of psoriasis.
- Ultraviolet light therapy—Also called phototherapy; this treatment method uses UV light to treat the skin.
- Avoid taking hot showers—Cool or warm water will have less of a dehydrating effect on the skin
- Decrease stress—Emotional stress can contribute to outbreaks. Try meditation and other stress-reduction techniques.
- Quit smoking and reduce alcohol—Tobacco and alcohol have both been implicated in causing and exacerbating outbreaks of psoriasis.
If you have an annoying skin condition on your feet, seeing your podiatrist is the best way to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.