How to manage psoriasis on the feet and legs

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Psoriasis on the legs

Having psoriasis on your legs can cause them to feel sore and itchy.1 If you have psoriatic arthritis your knee joints can be swollen and painful.1 Severe symptoms can mean you struggle to walk and climb stairs.2 Make sure that you tell your healthcare professional what impact having psoriasis on your feet and legs has so you can discuss the best approach to your care.

Keeping your legs as moisturised as possible, by daily use of moisturising creams or emollients, can relieve the itchy feeling.3 Keeping your legs moving can ease stiffness. Talk to your healthcare professional about what types of exercises are best for you.2

If your knees are swollen raising your feet when sitting or lying down can help reduce the swelling.4

Psoriasis on feet

Certain types of psoriasis can affect your feet.1,5 There are two forms of psoriasis that can be seen on the feet.5 A milder form causes the feet to be dry and scaly, and a more severe form causes pustular psoriasis, red bumps filled with pus, to form.5 Psoriasis on the soles of your feet can be difficult to cope with.5 Psoriatic arthritis can affect your ankles.1 This can cause the joint to be swollen and painful and the skin to be red and inflamed.1 Your toes may also become swollen.6 Dactylitis is a type of psoriatic arthritis which can cause an entire toe to swell.6

Keeping your feet moisturised can help. Once or twice a day soak your feet in warm water, pat them dry and cover them with moisturising cream, petroleum jelly or colloidal oatmeal to lock in the moisture.5

You may want to choose shoes that will keep your feet cool and dry and allow the air to circulate freely.7 Soft, sturdy shoes will help support your feet.8 You could also try foam, leather, cork or rubber insoles which cushion sore feet.9

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

UK/IE MAT-26488 Date of prep: July 2019

  1. www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis# (accessed July 2019).
  2. www.healthline.com/health/psoriatic-arthritis# (accessed July 2019).
  3. www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/topicals/over-the-counter (accessed July 2019).
  4. www.healthline.com/health/how-to-reduce-swelling-in-knee-quickly# (accessed July 2019).
  5. www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/symptoms/when-psoriasis-affects-your-feet/ (accessed July 2019).
  6. www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriatic-arthritis (accessed July 2019).
  7. www.podiatrytoday.com/guide-dry-skin-disorders-lower-extremity (accessed July 2019).
  8. www.webmd.com/arthritis/psoriatic-arthritis/psoriatic-arthritis-and-your-feet-finding-shoes-that-fit#1 (accessed July 2019).
  9. www.everydayhealth.com/psoriatic-arthritis/treatment/psoriatic-arthritis-shoe-tips/ (accessed July 2019).

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