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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 03, 2016
Tags: Diabetes   psoriasis  

Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease, that affects the skin. Red, scaly patches that itch and burn, sometimes accompanied by blisters are the telltale symptoms and can strike any part of the body including your feet and that’s why we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM want our patients to know more about Psoriasis. 

In about 50% of patients with psoriasis, it will also affect finger and toenails. The cause of the skin lesions has to do with a defect in communication: the immune system mistakenly sends the message to produce more skin cells. The cells grow at such a fast rate that they build up on the surface of the skin causing irritating rashes. It’s a systemic disease that is often associated with other serious medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. 

Who Gets Psoriasis?

Currently, the National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that up to 7.5 million Americans may currently be afflicted with this disease. Scientists don’t know for sure why or how people get psoriasis. There is thought to be a genetic component to the disease which is then triggered by certain external factors including: stress, injury to the skin, certain medications and infections. Psoriasis most commonly affects men and women between the ages of 15 and 35 but it can occur at any age, even in children.

Treating Feet and Toenails

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will want to examine the skin on your feet and your toenails and also get a detailed medical history. He may take a small sample of the inflamed skin to confirm the diagnosis. Keeping feet moisturized is important in helping prevent the cracks and fissures psoriasis can cause. Other possible treatment options include:

  • Topical steroid creams
  • Systemic medications
  • Phototherapy

Your podiatrist will work with the other doctors or specialists that are treating the disease. Psoriasis is not contagious and does not spread by contact. If you are experiencing skin irritation on your feet or have notice changes in the shape or color of your toenails, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

 

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