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Psoriasis and Your Feet: Don’t Sweat the Sandal Saga Wellness

If you have psoriasis on your feet, you can feel like you’re walking on hot coals but, it’s actually more common than we know in PsO. In more than a third of people with psoriasis, the plaques affect sensitive areas such as the hands or feet. Having psoriasis on your feet, and particularly the soles of your feet, is like the pain of running a marathon in sky-high stilettos. There’s definitely none of this and you really don’t want to be flaunting ‘em sexy toes in these . With bikini season – or worse, sandal season – upon us, WHAT IS A GIRL - OR DUDE WHO WEARS SANDALS - TO DO? (Ok I know dudes wear flip flops too)

Nails done and *everything* did

Did you know that half of those with psoriasis have nail problems? #grouphug You might see a few things: thickened nail, pitting and discolouration. Think of it like a shellac mani - except one you really don’t want. But fear not friends, you can still indulge in mani’s and pedi’s like the best of ‘em. Just make sure to ask the nail technician to keep them short (and sweet! Short nails are the best excuse to go super blunt dare-devil in your polish color choice #doit) and be gentle in the buffing department. Have an infection? Skip the polish and let it heal. Hey, it’s just an excuse to go back!

“In more than a third of people, the plaques affect sensitive areas such as the hands or feet.”

“Treat” yo’ self

+ ? Now that’s a prescription you can write me any day! Here’s a quick at-home remedy for you all. Fill up that tub, add some essential oils (like thyme or geranium) or Epsom salts (or all of it really, it’s your call, you da boss of yo’ bathtub), and soak away. This can help soften and remove scales – buh bye alligator skin.

Your healthcare provider may also recommend topical treatments to help relieve your symptoms. If these options don’t work – try, try, try again! Maybe even try that baby feet product that so many are talking about (let me know if you do!) Your healthcare provider or dermatologist can recommend other treatments that affect the psoriasis at a cellular level.

Psoriatic Arthritis of the Foot

Some people who have psoriasis can also develop psoriatic arthritis. It’s an autoimmune disease that affects your joints - and your feet have lots of those! Psoriatic arthritis is BFFs with the toe joints closest to the nail. Ick. For some people, one of the symptoms is called enthesopathy (read as: soreness in those parts where your tendons and ligaments meet your bones). So AGAIN: what’s a girl (or dude) to do?

  • Get support. With all this pain, your feet are going to need a support group – in the form of decent shoes. You’re going to want to look for shoes that give you some cushioning on your heels, arches, and the balls of your feet.
  • Wiggle room. Make sure your toesies are feeling free and leave space behind your heel – let’s not add blisters into the mix!
  • Cover ‘em up. Your toes and ankles can get swollen and sore with psoriatic arthritis, so give them some extra TLC. Protect your feet with shoes and sneakers for full coverage - or sandals that have a good insole. There are lots of stylish options out there if you look hard enough! (Feel free to share suggestions here, I’m looking for a pair myself)
  • Feet on the ground. Heels = cute; your feet after wearing heels = not so much. And don’t get me started on what they do to your poor, aching feet. Opt for lower heels or fashionable (but reasonable) wedges if you’re looking to mix things up from your go-to flats.

Now I’m taking my own advice and lacing up for a baseball game. We want a pitcher, not a foot itcher!! TTYL

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