Have you recently noticed thick patches of skin on your feet that are red, grayish-silver or white in color? Are these patches itchy or painful? It’s possible that you have psoriasis. Psoriasis is actually a chronic immune system disease where new skin cells come to the surface too quickly causing inflammation and thick patches of skin to form and then flake. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle, we tend to see an increase in psoriasis cases in the winter because the cold air and lack of sun can cause psoriasis to flare up. Psoriasis symptoms are similar to several other common foot ailments, including:
Unlike these other conditions, however, psoriasis can also affect the joints of the feet and legs. Psoriasis is not contagious. The tendency for psoriasis can be inherited. Besides winter weather, other possible triggers for psoriasis include: stress, cuts or injuries and certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, bipolar disorder and other conditions. Triggers will vary from patient to patient.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you are experiencing dry, red, itchy skin, it’s best to schedule an appointment at either our Edmond or Norman office. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh will conduct a complete examination of your feet and also take a medical history and determine the cause of your skin condition.
Psoriasis can be resistant to treatment. Many patients find that rich moisturizing lotions or creams may relieve the itchy, dry skin. The foot doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory or other medications that may be applied topically or taken orally or by injection. Phototherapy, also known as light therapy, may also be recommended by your foot doctor.
As with most diseases and conditions that affect your feet and ankles, early diagnosis and treatment is ideal. Psoriasis can also be associated with other serious medical conditions such as heart disease, depression and diabetes which make it even more important to get your symptoms evaluated sooner rather than later.