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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Psoriasis: What You Can and Can’t Control | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Psoriasis: What You Can and Can’t Control
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Psoriasis: What You Can and Can’t Control | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to reproduce too rapidly. It can affect the skin and nails on your feet. Typically, at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, patients will notice red, scaly patches on their feet that don’t go away with normal moisturizing. Nails may become pitted or discolored. In both cases, patients who have not yet been diagnosed with psoriasis may mistake these signs for athlete’s foot or a fungal toenail infection. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel to get skin or nail symptoms checked out. The foot doctor will examine your feet and nails and also get a medical history to determine the cause of your condition.

Genes and Triggers

Part of the reason that the podiatrist gets a patient’s medical history is because many conditions have a hereditary component. Genetics play a big part in deciding who gets psoriasis. Scientists have now identified at least 25 gene variants that make a person more likely to get the disease. Current research shows that about 10 percent of the population inherits one or more of these genes. However, only 2 to 3 percent of those with the genes actually develop psoriasis. That’s where “triggers” come in. There are a wide variety of circumstances and items that can cause psoriasis to develop or flare up. Many of these can be controlled. Common known triggers include:

  •  Infection—because psoriasis is an immune system disorder it is not uncommon for an infection in another part of your body to be followed by a psoriasis flare up.
  • Stress—has been known to bring on the initial flare up of psoriasis and to aggravate existing cases.
  • Medications—certain medications have been linked with increases in psoriasis symptoms. These include antimalarials, medications for treating depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and arthritis.
  • Injury—areas of the skin that have been traumatized from scratches, sunburn and even vaccinations are more susceptible to psoriasis.

 

Psoriasis is a systemic disorder that requires a coordinated medical plan of treatment. If you have noticed anything abnormal about the skin on your feet or toenails, contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Psoriasis: What You Can and Can’t Control, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen