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So, Its Psoriasis Awareness Month and in honour of that, we thought we’d well, make you more aware of this condition!

Ask most people what they think psoriasis is, and they would probably note that it is a condition of the skin. And this is true. But psoriasis is actually much more than a simple condition of the skin. Psoriasis is known as an autoimmune disease; a systemic condition which results from the body’s immune system attacking itself. In the case of psoriasis, the body’s skin cells are forced into overproduction. This process whereby skin cells are produced usually takes one month but with psoriasis, it only takes a few days. This leads to the presentation of the 5 Ps:  purple, planar, pruritic (itchy) papules and plaques.  The plaques tend to appear on the outside of the knees, elbows, and shins but can also appear on the foot. While as chiropodists we need to be aware of the effects of psoriatic plaques on the feet, there is another condition related to psoriasis which we also need to be aware of and that is psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that arises in people with psoriasis. It can take years after a diagnosis of psoriasis to present itself- or a patient with psoriasis may never get arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis most commonly occurs in the joints of the toe, which swell and become very painful.  Often a single toe will swell producing what is often referred to as a “sausage digit.”  Patients present to clinic when this happens because it is alarming and often occurs out of the blue.

The good news is that psoriatic arthritis, like most forms of arthritis can be managed through medications and accommodative footwear and orthotic devices. If you have psoriasis and want to learn more about arthritis or want to learn more about orthotics, give us a call at 519-624-4122. We can help! 

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