Psoriasis is a chronic and recurrent inflammatory disease of the skin. It can adversely affect the feet and toenails, and it bears an appearance similar to athlete's foot and fungal infections of the toenails. Psoriasis manifests as round, reddish, dry patches that are covered by silvery white or grayish scales. When the scales are brushed off, pinpoint bleeding occurs. In some cases, small blisters filled with clear or cloudy fluid appear. Afflicted toenails have a pitted appearance. Treatment for this condition may include anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, topical medications, and fish oil supplements. In addition, lowering the consumption of protein-rich meat and dairy products in the diet may help reduce flare-ups.
Self-diagnosis and treatment for skin problems such as psoriasis may not always be in your best interest. Whatever problems your feet encounter, give them professional attention while the problems are still in their minor stages. It's much better, easier, and less costly to deal with problems early on than to face major treatment at a later date. Remember, foot problems usually don't just disappear on their own. Remember, too, that we are here at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester, to help when your feet hurt. Call us for an appointment at 507-757-4003.
Note: The sun's rays have been shown to have significant therapeutic benefits for those with psoriasis.