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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Help for Psoriatic Arthritis of the Feet

Psoriasis of the feet, particularly palmoplantar psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by thickened, red, and scaly patches on the soles. This form is often accompanied by painful fissures and can severely impact mobility. Another variant, localized pustular psoriasis, presents as pus-filled blisters surrounded by inflamed skin. Nail involvement is common, leading to pitting, discoloration, and onycholysis, or separation of the nail from the nail bed. Triggers for psoriasis include stress, infections, skin injuries, and certain medications. Diagnosis is primarily clinical, supported by a skin biopsy if necessary. Treatments range from topical therapies like corticosteroids and vitamin D analogs to systemic treatments, including biologics and oral medications for more severe cases. Phototherapy is another effective option. In refractory cases, surgical intervention may be considered to remove painful, thickened plaques. If you have discomfort in the feet from psoriasis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for optimal management and personalized care.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Franklin Harry, DPM from Best Foot Forward. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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