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If you have a painful rash on your feet that has scaly patches and dry, itchy skin, chances are you’re having a psoriasis outbreak. Diagnosing psoriasis, however, needs an exam and testing. At Foot & Ankle Associates Drs. Marco Vargas and Joyce Lee examine the skin on your feet for the common signs of the condition, such as red and inflamed skin. The dry skin might also be peeling. Frequently the scaly patches have a silvery look. It might even affect your nails, turning them crumbly and pitted. The doctors may choose to take a small skin biopsy to rule out other look-alike skin problems and confirm the diagnosis. If this does appear on your feet, you need prompt medical attention. The condition can make it painful to walk or wear shoes. Worse, because the skin is compromised during an outbreak, you are more vulnerable to infections. Don’t ignore a possible breakout—contact Foot & Ankle Associates in Texas for an appointment or more information by visiting the online contact page or by calling (888) 784-5335.