Dr. Reister provides treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle conditions here at Richardson Podiatry Center. These treatments and conditions can be placed into several general categories, including sports injuries, children’s foot care, and heel pain. Another important category is the care Dr. Reister offers for nail and skin issues in the lower limbs.
One specific skin issue some patients experience is psoriasis. Your first step in getting the care you need for this condition is to educate yourself on this chronic disease, including when it is time to contact our Richardson, TX foot doctor office for professional treatment.
This particular skin disorder is one that affects the life cycle of your skin cells. With psoriasis, skin cells build up at an abnormally rapid rate on the surface. The result of this cell buildup is thick, silvery scales and dry, red patches.
Psoriasis signs and symptoms tend to vary based on the patient, but some of the more common ones include:
- Silvery scales covering red patches of skin
- Cracked, dry skin that might bleed (especially when scratched)
- Burning, itching, or soreness
- Rigid, thickened or pitted nails
- Stiff and swollen joints
The silvery scales and red patches of skin can be itchy and rather painful, but there are times when the symptoms are not as prevalent as others.
This is not actually a single condition – there are several different types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common and can develop anywhere on your body. If you have any of the aforementioned symptoms and suspect this condition is causing the issues for your lower limbs, you should contact our office for an appointment so you can come and have the problem diagnosed. Dr. Reister can take a small sample of skin (a biopsy) and use it to determine if this disease is the root cause of your discomfort and suffering.
Psoriasis Home Care and Treatment
Whereas home remedies will not cure your psoriasis, they can be beneficial in improving symptoms and making your skin look and feel better. Some of these home techniques that you may wish to try include:
- Sunlight. The sun produces ultraviolet light that can be used to improve lesions caused by the condition. Now, with that being said, it is important to control your exposure to sunlight. Whereas a certain amount is beneficial, too much will either trigger new outbreaks or worsen existing ones. Additionally, there is an increased risk of melanoma (skin cancer) when you spend excessive time in the sun.
If you want to try natural sunlight as part of your psoriasis home care, be sure to consult with our office first. We can provide guidelines to help keep you safe.
- Daily baths. If you aren’t already doing so, bathing daily is a method you can use to calm inflamed skin and remove scales. It’s important to note that you should keep the water warm—and not excessively hot—and use mild soaps.
You can find additional benefit by adding Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, colloidal oatmeal, or bath oil to your water before soaking for a while.
- Moisturizers. After you have finished bathing, gently blot your skin and apply a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer. Be careful with the blotting because you do not want to completely dry your skin before applying your moisturizer. If your skin tends to be very dry, you may find oil-based products to be more effective.
- Avoiding triggers. Smoking, stress, intense sun exposure, infection, injury to the skin, and even drinking alcohol are all potential triggers for the condition. These activities and conditions worsen psoriasis and should be avoided. It is especially important to avoid alcohol because it tends to decrease the effectiveness of certain treatment methods.
Since it cannot replace professional treatment, home care should be viewed as supplementary activities that support your treatment plan.
Dr. Reister’s goals for psoriasis treatment are to slow the growth of your skin cells and remove scales, which may be achieved with topical treatments, systemic medications, and light therapy. There are a wide range of treatment options, so Dr. Reister will work to develop a specific plan to address your condition. It is not uncommon for a combination of different treatment methods to be used to effectively care for a patient’s psoriasis.
If you’re experiencing any nail or skin condition on your feet or toes, let Dr. Reister help you. Richardson Podiatry Center provides effective lower limb care, so there’s no need to suffer from pain and irritation! Instead, contact us today by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request your appointment with our Richardson, TX office right now.