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What Is The Standard Of Treatment For Plantar Psoriasis?

Thomas B. Birdwell, Sadiah M. Hoque, Mara C. Kennedy, Jane H. Sim, Tracey C. Vlahovic

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INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Psoriasis is a systemic condition with several dermatological manifestations that affect many individuals on a daily basis. According to Langley et al in a study titled “Psoriasis: epidemiology, clinical features, and quality of life,” psoriasis affects 2% of the American population, which is approximately 6 million people. Out of these 6 million people, approximately 2–3% are affected by palmoplantar psoriasis (Farber et al). Plantar psoriasis in particular can cause significant functional and social disabilities. To date there is paucity of information regarding the standard of treatment for plantar psoriasis. We will attempt to compile and summarize the research that will help doctors treat patients with plantar psoriasis using evidence-based medicine. METHODS: A thorough review of the literature that has been published regarding the care of plantar psoriasis will be investigated and summarized. In this effort, we aim to create a resource to aid the physician in designing a treatment plan for the patient that will be most effective with the highest rate of successful skin clearance. RESULTS: Although many studies have been done about psoriasis and its many forms, not much has been published focusing on plantar psoriasis. There lacks one concise source in regards to which treatment is most efficacious. We predict that through a thorough literature review an effective treatment protocol can be developed for plantar psoriasis. CONCLUSIONS: The intent of this study is to perform a literature review on various treatment modalities to develop a protocol to medically manage plantar psoriasis.