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Help for Psoriatic Arthritis of the Feet

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Psoriasis of the feet, particularly palmoplantar psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by thickened, red, and scaly patches on the soles. This form is often accompanied by painful fissures and can severely impact mobility. Another variant, localized pustular psoriasis, presents as pus-filled blisters surrounded by inflamed skin. Nail involvement is common, leading to pitting, discoloration, and onycholysis, or separation of the nail from the nail bed. Triggers for psoriasis include stress, infections, skin injuries, and certain medications. Diagnosis is primarily clinical, supported by a skin biopsy if necessary. Treatments range from topical therapies like corticosteroids and vitamin D analogs to systemic treatments, including biologics and oral medications for more severe cases. Phototherapy is another effective option. In refractory cases, surgical intervention may be considered to remove painful, thickened plaques. If you have discomfort in the feet from psoriasis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for optimal management and personalized care.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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