As you may already know, psoriasis is a chronic skin condition where new cells grow at an abnormally fast rate building up thick patches called plagues. In your situation, it is affecting the bottom of your feet commonly known as plantar psoriasis.The exact cause of psoriasis is not known although immune system and genetics seems to play major role in its development. What may cause one person’s psoriasis to become active, may not affect another but there are some established triggers such as stress, injury to skin via vaccinations, sunburns, scratches, certain medications (lithium, antimalarias, inderal, quinidine, indomethacin), and infection such as strep throat, earache, bronchitis, respiratory infection etc. Also, keeping an close eye to allergies, diet, smoking, and weather can also help narrow down your triggers although these are not scientifically proven as triggers for psoriasis.
Psoriasis lesions are very painful and can affect your everyday living, therefore, I suggest you consult a doctor to find an appropriate treatment plan. Some of the common traditional topical treatment for sole psoriasis includes tar, salicylic acid, and corticosteroids. Additionally, mild soaps, moisturizers, wearing comfortable shoes, and thick padded socks can also help. People with psoriasis have found phototherapy treatment that involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light on a regular basis under medical supervision to be helpful as well. Depending upon your severity, your doctor may recommend you intravenous or oral treatments as well to help alleviate the pain and reduce the flare-ups.
Besides that, there are some complementary and alternative therapies available that includes diet, herbal supplements, aromatherapy, mind/body therapy, and acupuncture. It is important that you find a licensed naturopathic physician to guide you in choosing the best treatment plan for you. Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight can help the severity of psoriasis so if you are overweight, it is very important to make some lifestyle changes for weight loss as well as minimize the risk of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Some people with psoriasis are sensitive to gluten, ask your physician for a simple blood test to rule out the gluten sensitivity or eliminate gluten from your diet for 2-3 months and see if it helps. At this time, there are no studies to show a direct link between supplements and psoriatic disease, however people have found omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D to help clear lesions and ease pain. Please remember that supplements are not monitored by the FDA and it is important you talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements or over the counter medications.