How to manage psoriasis on the legs and feet

Psoriasis on the legs

If you have psoriasis on the legs, often the skin on your shins and knees can be very itchy. You may find that your ankles can also swell at the end of the day because of poor circulation. Keeping your legs as moisturised as possible and bending your knees from time to time when standing, or elevating your feet when sitting or lying down, can really help reduce swelling and any itchiness.

High temperatures or prolonged periods of standing can cause the veins in your leg to swell, putting more strain on the skin.

Psoriasis on the feet

Certain types of psoriasis can also affect different parts of the foot. When your skin on the toes and heels is inflamed, it can crack, blister and become swollen and painful.

Keeping your feet as clean and fresh as possible is key when trying to manage psoriasis on your feet. Footwear should be light and comfortable and, where possible, you may want to choose shoes that will keep your feet cool and dry and allow the air to circulate freely. You could also try foam, cork or water-filled insoles or use insoles made from polymers which act as shock-absorbers and may protect healing skin.

In winter, feet should be kept warm, particularly if you have poor circulation in the legs and in warmer weather, using a daily footbath may be helpful.

This content is not intended to advise you about your health. Always seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professionals.

UK/IE MAT-09232 Date of prep: May 2017

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