Psoriasis on the foot can be uncomfortable and challenging to manage. The palmo-plantar type of pustular psoriasis can be difficult.
Corticosteroids: These anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce redness, itching, and inflammation.
Topical Retinoids: Retinoid creams, such as tazarotene, can help slow down the growth of skin cells and reduce inflammation.
Salicylic Acid: Products containing salicylic acid can help remove scales and reduce itching. Be cautious not to use salicylic acid on open wounds or areas of broken skin.
Moisturizers: Regularly applying moisturizers can help soothe the skin and reduce dryness and itching. Urea creams can be helpful.
Coal Tar: Coal tar-based products can help alleviate symptoms by reducing inflammation and slowing down the growth of skin cells.
Phototherapy: Light therapy or phototherapy involves exposing the affected areas to natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light. Controlled doses of UV light can help slow down the rapid growth of skin cells and reduce inflammation.
Oral or Injectable Medications:
Systemic medications, such as oral retinoids, methotrexate, cyclosporine, or biologics, may be prescribed by a specialist if the psoriasis is severe or resistant to other treatments. These medications work internally to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation.
Basic foot care is extremely important. Feet should be kept clean and dry. Avoid wearing tight or poor fitting shoes that can irritate the affected areas.
Stress seems to play a significant role in flare up of psoriasis, so reduce stress levels through techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises, as stress can trigger or worsen psoriasis symptoms. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as these can worsen psoriasis symptoms.