Most people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis consult a dermatologist or a rheumatologist. But psoriatic disease often affects the feet, and that’s where a podiatrist can help manage potentially serious symptoms. Podiatrists are trained physicians who specialize in treating all parts of the foot and ankle, including the skin, bone, muscles, tendons, and nails. “We have the knowledge base to make the diagnosis, and we can prescribe and develop an appropriate treatment plan,” says James Christina, doctor of podiatric medicine and executive director and CEO of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Podiatrists are often the first doctors to recognize the signs of psoriasis. When it affects the nails, psoriasis looks like nail fungus, and when it occurs between the toes, psoriasis can be mistaken for the fungal infection known as athlete’s foot. A podiatrist might make a diagnosis through a physical examination or perform a biopsy.
Source: Sandy McDowell, Everyday Health [6/14/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.
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