What if your Athlete's Foot was really Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by faster-than-normal turnover of skin cells. Normally, new skin cells rise to the surface of the skin once a month; the old surface skin cells die and slough off while the new cells are moving to the surface. In people who have psoriasis, the new cells move to the surface so rapidly that the dead cells build up on the surface in dry, whitish-silver patches.
Some people have mild cases of psoriasis. Others have extensive cases that affect multiple parts of the body.
People with Psoriasis typically have areas of thick, reddened skin with dry, whitish-silver patches. The dry patches are called psoriatic plaques. The skin may feel itchy.
Psoriasis is most commonly found on the elbows, knees, and bottoms of the feet. It can also affect the fingernails, toenails, and joints of the body.
This appearance can mimic Athlete’s Foot! And it is often mistreated as such.
If you have Athlete’s Foot or Psoriasis on your feet, see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can also help determine the cause of reddened, itchy feet. (Again, Psoriasis can mimic severe Athlete's Foot or contact dermatitis.) If you have red, irritated feet that haven't responded to home or medical treatment, contact one of the Foot and Ankle Specialists at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists.