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Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

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What is Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that usually affects the elbows, knees and scalp, but we often see it presenting on the feet too as red/silver, usually itchy plaques on the top or sides of the feet, or thicker areas of callus usually covering a large area of the soles of the feet.

Psoriatic Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints and tendons of the body. It causes pain, stiffness and swelling.  Most often patients notice these symptom after developing the skin condition although some do develop the arthritic pain before developing psoriasis on their skin.

How can I help myself?

Psoriasis is an immune condition so it is a systemic problem which is a problem that affects the whole body. Ideally your GP and probably a Rheumatologist should be involved in the diagnosis and management of this condition. Often creams can be prescribed to help you self care.

When to see a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist can also help with management of the skin on your feet, and your nails which can often become thickened as a result of the condition. It is difficult to manage the hard skin as we would with normal callus, but gentle treatment and regular moisturising can help improve your symptoms.

In many cases, a Podiatrist may be the first person to spot the Psoriasis and make a diagnosis as well as help refer you to your GP or a Rheumatologist. If you have a skin problem on your feet or lower limb or you have developed joint pain or stiffness, book in to see a Podiatrist for some advice and guidance.