What is a Podiatrist and their training When it comes to taking care of our bodies, our feet often get overlooked. Enter the podiatrist, a healthcare […]
Have you been suffering from psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis for some time? If so, then you would likely benefit from getting in touch with a podiatrist, who can help you with your foot problems. Psoriatic arthritis frequently affects the feet, which means that you would do better to consult a professional podiatrist who can provide specialised foot care. While you certainly need the help of a professional rheumatologist and dermatologist to manage your specific case of psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, a podiatrist can help you to manage the specific types of problems that impact your feet. Podiatrists are expert physicians who can offer medical treatment for conditions that affect different parts of feet and ankles as well as the bones, muscles, skin, tendons and nails.
Depending on the specific nature of the condition, the podiatrist can carry out a detailed diagnosis of the foot condition and recommend appropriate treatments. If you are affected by psoriasis, a podiatrist can immediately detect and diagnose the condition. In fact, professional podiatrists are frequently the first medical experts who can recognize the symptoms of psoriasis. At the initial stages, psoriasis may affect the nails and appear like fungus that has impacted the nails. Sometimes psoriasis may also affect the areas between the toes and take on the appearance of athlete’s foot. In order to diagnose the condition and make sure that he is dealing with a case of psoriasis, the podiatrist will perform a biopsy by collecting a sample of lesion and examine it under a microscope. The podiatrist can administer injections or recommend topical treatment, where appropriate.
Typically podiatrists refrain from administering phototherapy, a process mainly used by dermatologists to cure moderate or severe psoriasis. The podiatrists may also discuss your case with dermatologists before recommending any systemic treatments. The podiatrist may closely check your elbows and also inquire about any previous history of dermatological problems before prescribing a dermatologist for your case. Similarly another major foot disorder that can be treated by a podiatrist is psoriatic arthritis. In many cases, the condition may initially appear as plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of tissue on the sole or bottom of the feet. It can lead to a lot of pain and discomfort in the middle of the feet or the heel, particularly when you stand up after sitting or sleeping for a long time.
The podiatrist that you choose to consult may make use of different types of medications or other forms of therapies to cure the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. However, you may require extensive treatment if your plantar fasciitis is associated with psoriatic arthritis. Some of the other conditions that are often associated with psoriatic arthritis include Achilles tendonitis, strong pain affecting the toes and psoriatic disease impacting the toenails. Each of these conditions can be diagnosed and cured by a professional podiatrist. Therefore if you find yourself being affected by any of the symptoms associated with these conditions, you should definitely consult a podiatrist for immediate cure.
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.