The autoimmune disease called Psoriasis causes skin inflammation and pink coloured itchy patches on the skin. These patches or skin colouration can be distressing besides causing pain or itches. Though the ailment can affect the skin in any part of the body, it is the feet that are commonly affected especially the area of skin and nails. Similarly, another skin condition called dermatitis or eczema can be a cause of skin inflammation and discolouration. If the above mentioned afflictions affect someone it is the dermatologist who is usually visited. However, in many cases, Psoriasis can get manifested in the feet of a person thereby requiring the involvement of a Podiatrist. A Podiatrist can help prevent or manage the secondary complications affecting the feet of a person.
Who is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist such as the one working at the Mandurah foot clinic is a qualified physician who treats various ailments related to the feet, ankle, knees and the lower extremities. While proceeding with the treatment, the area of diagnosis and medication would include the skin, bones, tendons, nails, and muscles.
What is Psoriasis?
It is an autoimmune disease wherein the immune system of a person instead of attacking the external pathogens starts to attack the healthy cells. The disease is found commonly among adults and has heredity and the environment as the causative factors. In fact, there are a number of triggers that can cause the Psoriasis condition to worsen such as an infection, stress, cold weather, dry skin, certain types of vaccination, beta blockers to treat hypertension, lithium to treat mental disorders, smoking, alcohol, and a gluten rich food.
In fact, among the people suffering from Psoriasis, a significant number can end up developing Psoriatic arthritis, a condition that affects the joints and severely impairs the movement of the person. The disease is set to be associated with typical health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and depression.
How can Psoriasis affect the feet?
The disease can cause pink or red plaques accompanied by a thin layer of white scale on the top of the foot. However, at the sites of pressure such as the plantar or bottom of the foot, Psoriasis can cause calluses (thickened skin) and fissures. Also, the disease can cause nail dystrophy, that is, discolouration, shifting of the nail plate from the nail bed, thickening, and the nail turning brittle.
How can a Podiatrist be of help in managing Psoriasis?
Being associated with conditions of the lower extremities such as the feet, ankle, and knees, a Podiatrist is often the first person to diagnose the disease. Although the diseases cannot be cured there are lines of treatment to limit its spread or manage its manifestations. The Podiatry services at Mandurah are geared towards treating the secondary complications arising out of Psoriasis and Eczema. These include cutting off the dystrophic nails, calluses and fissures.
The manifestation of afflictions like Psoriasis and Eczema in the lower extremities can be managed effectively at the Peel Podiatry clinic by experienced Podiatrists.