Ten Signs and Symptoms You Could Be Having Psoriatic Arthritis
It has been estimated that 30% of people diagnosed with psoriasis also end up with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Psoriasis is basically an autoimmune condition which is characterized by a rapid turnover of your skin cells. The symptoms of this condition are known as flare-ups, which are the excess skin cells creating scaly lesions on your skin. When your body attacks your healthy joints, causing inflammation, it is the occurrence of the autoimmune condition- PsA or psoriatic arthritis. If left untreated, this condition can result in permanent joint damage. People, who develop psoriasis symptoms, are usually the ones to develop PsA. While this may not always be the case, here are the symptoms of PsA:
All types of arthritis cause joint swelling, but a unique type of swelling in the toes and fingers are caused by PSA. You will notice a sausage-like swelling around the joints in your fingers and toes before noticing other symptoms in your joints. If you let it remain without treatment it can be extremely painful and can even end up causing permanent deformities in your fingers and toes.
PsA commonly attacks the tendons too, unlike most other forms of arthritis which only causes joint pain. While the tendons are responsible for attaching the muscles to the bones, tendon pain can be excruciating. The tendon pain in your feet is a common symptom of PsA. There are two conditions of PsA that usually occur- Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis.
Achilles tendinitis causes the tendon connecting the lower calf muscles to the heel bone to get inflamed. This makes people experience pain within their heels. Plantar fasciitis causes the tendon connecting the heel to the toes to get inflamed. It is the most common symptom of PsA and is responsible for the pain you feel at the bottom of your feet.
PsA can also cause spondylitis which is a condition wherein joint inflammation occurs in two main areas: between your spine’s vertebral bodies and in between the pelvis and spine (sacroiliac region). Lower-back pain is its most common symptom. It is estimated that about 20% people who have psoriatic arthritis in time also develop psoriatic spondylitis.