Psoriasis on the bottom of the foot can appear differently from person to person, but it generally shares some common characteristics with psoriasis in other areas of the body. The bottom of the foot is different to other parts of the body as we bear weight on it and the foot sweats creating a more moist environment. Both if these elements will change the character of psoriasis on the bottom on the foot.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system, leading to a more rapid growth of skin cells. Some common features of psoriasis on the soles of the feet may include:
- Thickened, scaly patches: Psoriasis can cause the skin on the soles of the feet to become thick and scaly. The scales can be silvery-white or a lighter color than the surrounding skin.
- Redness and inflammation: The affected skin may appear red or inflamed due to increased blood flow and skin cell turnover.
- Itchiness or pain: Psoriasis on the soles of the feet can be itchy and uncomfortable. In some cases, it may cause pain or a burning sensation, especially if cracks or fissures develop.
- Pitting and ridges: Some individuals with psoriasis on the soles of the feet may notice small depressions or pits in their nails or ridges on the nails, a condition known as nail psoriasis.
Psoriasis on the bottom of the foot can be mistaken for other skin conditions, such as eczema or fungal infections and a dermatologist may need to assess it properly to determine exactly what it is and make an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.