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In the winter months it is important to constantly lotion your feet to help prevent your skin from drying out. Drying out of the skin can lead to cracks, fissuring and scaling which can lead to portals of entry which can cause infections. However, it is important to differentiate between simply dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or a rare condition.

 
One rare condition, known as ichthyosis vulgaris can resemble dry skin in the mild stages so it is important to get your foot evaluated by a foot specialist if your dry skin looks abnormal. 
 
Icthyosis vulgaris also known as “fish skin disease”. It is an inherited skin disorder in which dead skin cells accumulate in a thick, dry and scaling pattern without shedding. This inherently causes a chronic build up of keratin in the upper layer of the skin. Sometimes this disease can often go undiagnosed as it can be mistaken for extremely dry skin. Icthyosis vulgaris has no cure currently and only the symptoms of the condition can be treated. 
 
Symptoms include: dry, scaly skin, flaky scalp and deep painful cracks in your skin. The scales can develop on the hands, plantar aspect of the feet and also on the lower extremities and upper extremities (arms and legs). Symptoms can also worsen in cold and dry environments and tend to improve in the summer months and in warm and humid environments. Icthyosis vulgaris can also be associated with cancer, thyroid disease and HIV/AIDS. In some individuals, the skin thickness and scales can interrupt the normal sweating process which can cause overheating in individuals due to lack of the ability to cool down through sweating. Skin splitting and cracking is also important, especially for diabetics, as it could lead to increased risk of infections.
 
If you or a loved one is suffering from dry skin this winter or may believe it is something bigger than just dry skin, do not hesitate to contact your foot care specialist. It is important to visit your foot specialist/Chiropodist to determine the cause so that you can successfully treat the condition or symptoms! 
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

 

 

 

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.  
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
 
 

 

 

PODIATRIST, DR. GARY  PICHNEY STATES, "IF YOU NOTICE PITTED TOENAILS, IT COULD BE BE PSORIASIS. IF YOU FIND TINY HOLES, GROOVES. OR RIDGES IN YOUR TOENAILS, YOU MAY HAVE NAIL PSORIASIS.  THOUGH MOST PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE NAIL PSORIASIS ALSO HAVE SKIN PSORIASIS (AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE THAT MAKES SKIN PATCHY AND IRRITATED), 5 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WITH NAIL PSORIASIS AREN'T AFFECTED ELSEWHERE.  IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PSORIASIS, BUT YOUR TOENAILS HAVE LITTLE PITS IN THEM, YOU SHOULD GET THEM CHECKED OUT.  OTHER SYMPTOMS INCLUDE WHITE PATCHES AND HORIZONTAL LINES ACROSS THE NAILS.  TO TREAT PSORIASIS, YOUR DOCTOR MAY PRESCRIBE TOPICAL CREAMS OR STEROIDS TO BE INJECTED UNDER THE NAIL."

AT MY FOOT CLINIC WE DO SEE SOME PATIENTS WITH PSORIASIS OF THE NAILS.  THIS IS A DIFFICULT CONDITION TO TREAT AS IT IS AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AND MANY TIMES YOU CAN ONLY DEAL WITH THE COSMETICS THROUGH NAIL CARE. WE REALLY DON'T RECOMMEND STEROID INJECTIONS AND TOPICAL CREAMS MAY PROVIDE SOME RELIEF.

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A. HARDY, RETIRED CHIROPRACTOR, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS AND STAFF CONSULTANT.

 



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