Do I have Psoriasis? Have you ever noticed dry, thick patches of scaly skin on your feet or ankles? If so, you may have a condition known as psoriasis.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis in the foot, Pittsburgh, Pa
An autoimmune condition that causes a quick build-up of skin cells on the skin’s surface, while there are 5 different types, 2 types in particular affect the feet and ankles: Plaque and Pustular :
Plaque vs. Pustular psoriasis
Plaque is the most common form of. plaque psoriasis affects 8 out of 10. Plaques appear as red, thick, and scaly patches on the skin. The patches can be painful and may itch, burn, crack, or bleed.
Pustular is a much less common form. Pustular is characterized by raised red bumps that are filled with white blood cells (or pus).
Firstly, it should be noted that it IS NOT CONTAGIOUS! So you can ease your worry that you may catch it or pass it anyone else with skin to skin contact. Secondly, while there is not currently a cure, it can be treated and managed. Some common treatment options include: topical steroids, topical ointments, photodynamic (light) therapy, and in severe cases oral medications, such as an immunosuppressant.
Still not sure what you have on your feet?
Psoriasis is often mistaken for other skin conditions such as Tinea Pedis (Athlete’s Foot), contact dermatitis, irritant dermatitis, and eczema. It also can affect a person’s toenails causing them to believe that they may have fungus. If you suspect that you have a skin condition in your feet or ankles, call now to schedule an appointment with your local Pittsburgh podiatrist 878-313-FEET (3338).