Psoriasis on Foot:
Leg, Shin, Ankle and
Psoriasis on foot is treatable in much the same way as when it
appears anywhere else on the body. Sufferers sometimes fail to realize
that the only real way to combat this skin condition is by being
If one method does not seem to offer any relief, another one
may work wonders. It has also been found that combining treatment
methods often produce better results.
skin problem poses significant challenges when it affects the feet
since they are our main means of conveyance and in some cases affects
mobility if allowed to spread. Psoriasis on foot is sometimes
emotionally distressing and makes social interaction awkward for the
sufferer due to the appearance of the skin and the itching it sometimes
Some sufferers are so embarrassed by the scaly, red feet
resulting from the condition they avoid wearing sandals and other
clothing that exposes the feet.
Understanding the Signs
Psoriasis can be identified even in the early stages, although it is
not unusual for it to be mistaken for another skin disease. Common
tell-tale signs of the condition include:
- Skin that may begin to bleed when it is scratched
- Small patches of red skin, sometimes with silvery scales
is often a marked difference in the appearance of toenails, sometimes
to the point where they become discolored and separated from the skin or
- Pain in the joints
- Oozing blisters when the condition worsens
Psoriasis on the Shin
Treating Psoriasis on Foot/Leg
This can tends to be one of the more difficult forms of the condition
to treat, and often a long period of treatment is necessary before
results are seen. Prescription medications are still widely used to
control the condition, as are natural remedies which are gaining favor
when dealing with a variety of illnesses. It is important to note that
even after a successful course of treatment there is always the risk of
future flare-ups. Some treatments of choice are:
- Special Ultra Violet (UV) machines are often used to
bombard affected skin with controlled does of UV light. This method
referred to as phototherapy, is also used to treat the hands if they are
also affected. When the condition is bad or slow to react to other
treatment, the drug psoralen is combined with phototherapy in a
treatment method known as PUVA. PUVA is often quite successful when used
to treat the condition when it occurs on tougher areas of the skin.
spending some time in the sun is also recommended, but this should be
done when the sun’s glare is at its lowest. Of course sun protection
measures that prevent overexposure are still necessary.
tar is used to prevent the rapid production of skin cells, considerably
slowing the progression of the disease. This product can be purchased
in strength ranging from 0.5 to 5 percent over-the-counter in
pharmacies. Coal tar can be found as an ingredient in a number of
personal care items such as body washes and skin creams. The FDA has
expressed concerns about this ingredient, suggesting that products
should contain a concentration of no higher than five percent.
compounds are quite effective at controlling psoriasis on foot, and the
tougher skin on this area of the body is less sensitive to this form of
treatment. Corticosteroids are usually applied topically in creams
which are applied as prescribed.
- Washing the feet
with soaps and creams containing salicylic acid improve their
appearance. These items can be easily purchased over the counter but
sometimes a doctor will prescribe special solutions containing salicylic
acid to treat the condition if it is proving resistant to treatment.
People having a hard time with psoriasis on foot require to maintain the skin hydrated to speed up recuperation and also to avoid a reoccurrence of the problem. With correct therapy and also skin treatment techniques, psoriasis could be taken care of efficiently.
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