Psoriasis of the Feet

Psoriasis is a fairly common skin condition that can have an effect on the feet. It is a chronic disease that can be marked by alternating periods of improvement and worsening. The main issue is that cells build up more rapidly than they are supposed to, which leads to various symptoms. The good news is that treatment for an array of skin conditions, including this one, is available at our Plano and Dallas, TX podiatry offices.

Psoriasis Symptoms

The symptoms and signs of this skin problem tend to vary a bit from person to person, but some to be aware of include:
Psoriasis of the Feet

  • Reddened patches of skin covered by silvery scales
  • Burning and itching sensations, and soreness
  • Cracked, dry skin that may bleed from time to time
  • Small, scaling spots (particularly in children)
  • Nails that are ridged, thickened, or pitted
  • Stiff, swollen joints

Often, the condition will go through a cycle wherein symptoms flare up for a few weeks or months, then subside or go into complete remission before the next flare-up.

Causes and Triggers

At this time, the medical community is not completely sure as to why the chronic disease occurs, but there is a thought that psoriasis is connected to an immune system issue that affects cells in the body. The cells that are affected are white blood cells known as T lymphocytes (T cells). These cells would normally fight foreign bodies, like bacteria or viruses, but in this condition they instead attack healthy skin cells. This results in a situation where additional healthy cells are produced while T cells continue attacking. The outermost layer of skin becomes overrun with white blood cells and dead skin, which ends up building up in the recognizable scaly, thick patches that mark the disease.

Risk factors that make it more likely for someone to develop a case include family history, obesity, bacterial and viral infections, stress, and smoking. Family history is the most significant of these risk factors, which may indicate a genetic cause. Stress, infection, and smoking can all play a role in affecting the immune system.

There are certain triggers that can worsen the condition or even initiate a flare-up. Some of these are stress, cold weather, heavy alcohol consumption, smoking, infections (strep throat or skin infections), injuries to the skin, and even certain medications.

Treatment Options

The goals of treatment for the condition are essentially to stop the cells from growing at such a quick pace (which reduces plaque formation and inflammation) and to smooth the skin to remove excess buildup and scales. These can be achieved in three different ways:

  • Topical treatments. Mild to moderate cases can frequently be effectively treated with the use of ointments or creams, including topical corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, anthralin, topical retinoids, calcineurin inhibitors, salicylic acid, coal tar, and moisturizers. When they are prescribed, it is important to follow the directions carefully for optimal results.
  • Light therapy. This can be performed with the use of either artificial or natural ultraviolet light. Typically, therapy will entail controlled amounts of exposure to natural sunlight or the use of UVA or UVB lights.
  • Oral and injected medications. These are often prescribed for patients who have severe cases or are not responding to other forms of treatment. They are usually reserved as a “plan B” on account of the side effects that can be experienced.

Professional Treatment for Psoriasis of the Feet

Dallas Podiatry Works is committed to providing effective treatment for all kinds of foot and ankle issues experienced by our patients—including psoriasis. When a bothersome skin condition is affecting your feet, be sure to schedule your appointment with Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin to ensure that you receive the treatment you need.

Call our Dallas, TX office at 972.853.7100, our Plano office at (972) 943-3323. You can also schedule an appointment at either location online.

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Derrick W.

The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.

Joseph B.

I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.

Jeannette H.

Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.

Meryl E.

I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.

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Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.

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