Every year in August marks Psoriasis Awareness Month, a time to educate the public and raise awareness about this chronic skin condition that affects over 7.5 million people in the US. Psoriasis is characterized by red, scaly skin and patches that result from a buildup of excess skin cells. While the exact cause is not clear, many professionals believe that genetics and a person’s immune system are related. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on your body, including your feet and toenails. Read on to find out how our podiatrists at Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care can help treat psoriasis on your feet.
What are common symptoms?
The excessive growth of skin cells causes:
- Inflammation, redness, and thick, scaly patches
- Skin cracking
- Brittle, discolored toenails
Common triggers of psoriasis
While psoriasis can manifest in people differently, they can be triggered by certain circumstances, including:
- Trauma to the skin
- Heavy drinking
- Certain medications
- Vitamin D deficiency
How are they treated?
Our podiatrists may provide treatments that include topical ointments or creams, anti-inflammatory medications, and other therapies that could reduce pain or discomfort.
You can also manage your psoriasis through the following 5 ways:
- Protect your skin with moisturizer and sunscreen
- Limit sun exposure
- Avoid heavy drinking and smoking
- Avoid hot showers, which can dry out your skin
- Manage your stress by assessing your lifestyle, diet, and mental health
Not sure if it’s psoriasis?
Sometimes psoriasis symptoms that appear on your feet can be confused with other skin conditions like athlete’s foot and foot fungus, so it’s important to consult with an experienced foot doctor to have it properly diagnosed. Our team of dedicated podiatrists are ready to provide quality foot and ankle care so you can feel confident that you are getting the individualized care you deserve. Whether you are experiencing skin and toenail issues, bunions, heel pain, diabetic foot issues, or need an assessment before you start a new exercise, our foot doctors are here to help! Contact any of our offices in Louisville, LaGrange, or Bardstown, KY or fill in an online request to schedule an appointment!