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5 Ways to Treat Psoriasis on the Feet

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
July 27, 2021

Our feet are involved in so many of our daily movements and activities—things we take for granted until psoriasis gets in the way.

“Psoriasis of the feet is not just a nuisance,” says Brian Toy, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist with Mission Hospital in California and clinical professor at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. “It can be extremely painful.”

Thick plaques on the feet can make it difficult to walk, and large scales on the soles may snag on flooring. Plaques can crack and bleed, and blisters can fill with pus, says Toy. Any friction or pressure on the feet can exacerbate symptoms, making this type of psoriasis—called palmoplantar psoriasis—distressing. Plus, managing and treating psoriasis on your feet can be challenging because you use this part of your body so much.