Key Insights On Treating Plantar Psoriasis

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Myron A. Bodman, DPM

   New biologic therapies like etanercept (Enbrel, Amgen) and tumor necrosis factors are available for severe unresponsive psoriasis and may be tertiary care choices. Richetta and coworkers found that adalimumab (Humira, AbbVie) for 12 weeks was safe and efficacious in an open-label clinical trial of patients with palmoplantar psoriasis.7

Strategies To Avoid Exacerbating Psoriasis

It is widely accepted that psychosocial stress can trigger exacerbations of psoriasis so one should consider stress reduction exercise and behavioral counseling recommendations.8 Even in patients with mild psoriasis, there is a significant increase in the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke from this chronic inflammatory disease so internal medicine consultation is also appropriate.9,10 Patients should be aware of the recurring course of psoriasis with its periods of improvement followed by acute flares. It is also important to screen for underlying inflammatory arthritis with foot radiographs.11

   Dr. Bodman is an Associate Professor at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Bodman is in private practice in Ohio.

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dinovisjpsays: December 11, 2013 at 11:33 am

One diagnosis I would add to the differential in light of the patient's contact with two family members at risk is Norwegian crusting scabies. Scabies does not spare the dorsal or volar surfaces however.

The ectoparasite can be ruled out by its absence in scrapings of the exfoliated thickened epidermis by a dermatopathologist. I will be checking out the book for purchase at the New York Conference. Thank you Drs. Bodman, Vlahovic and Schleicher.

Jim DiNovis, DPM

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