Discovering Psoriatic Arthritis Early
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis. Psoriasis is a condition that features red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. While the majority of people develop psoriasis first and are later diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, the joint problems can sometimes begin before skin lesions appear.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that gets worse over time, but you may have periods where your symptoms improve or go into remission alternating with times when symptoms become worse. Common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include the following:
- ✪ Swollen fingers and toes
- ✪ Foot pain
- ✪ Lower back pain
What Causes Psoriatic Arthritis?
Many people who have psoriatic arthritis have a family history of either psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Physical trauma or something in the environment, such as a viral or bacterial infection may also trigger psoriatic arthritis in individuals with an inherited tendency.
Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment
Our early arthritis clinic can help diagnose and treat arthritis in its early stages. If you already have this condition, our trained doctors can help develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
Risk Factors for Psoriatic Arthritis
There are a few risk factors that can increase your risk of psoriatic arthritis, including having psoriasis lesions on your nails, family history of psoriatic arthritis or if you are between the ages of 30 and 50.