August is Psoriasis Awareness Month and since this disease can affect the skin on your feet and your toenails, we at Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle want to share some information about it. This autoimmune disease causes skin cells to mature at an abnormally fast rate which results in a buildup on the skin of red, itchy patches, which can burn or sting. In your toenails, psoriasis may cause pitting, discoloration or thickening of the nail. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should contact either our Edmond or Norman office and make an appointment to see our board certified podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh. Psoriasis can also mimic other conditions such as athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or fungal nails. The foot doctor will need to examine your skin or nail condition and also get a medical history to help determine if what you have is psoriasis. Here are some other facts about this disease:
- Psoriasis is systemic condition that affects your whole body.
- This disease is often associated with other serious medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
- Scientists are not sure what causes psoriasis. Genetics are thought to be a factor. Once a person has the disease they will experience flare ups that can be triggered by stress, too much or too little sun and other factors.
- Psoriasis affects men and women at equal rates.
- Although psoriasis can develop at any age, it most often first occurs between the ages of 15 and 35. About 10-15% of cases occur in children under the age of 10 but it is rare in infants.
- Psoriasis is not contagious.
For more information about psoriasis and other disorders that can affect your feet and toenails, contact us at: (405) 285-7408.