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Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms

Rusty Ford
Updated 1-3-2012

Psoriatic arthritis is caused by the autoimmune disease psoriasis.

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include dry, scaly, silver patches of skin combined with joint pain and destructive changes in the feet, hands, knees, and spine.

Summery of Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms

  • Joint swelling and joint pain (arthritis)
    • Usually of the fingers and toes, but other joints can be affected
    • Wrist pain,
    • knee pain,
    • hip pain,
    • elbow pain,
    • ankle pain
  • Pain and swelling at the site of attachment of tendons to bone
    • The Achilles tendon is often involved

Since psoriatic arthritis is a condition caused by psoriasis the symptoms can include all of the symptoms of psoriasis such as scaly skin, skin lesions.

Psoriatic arthritis is a serious condition that can effect joints on one side of the body or both. It is more likely to effect the fingers and toes more than other joints with the hands and feet not far behind. It can also cause spondylitis which effects mostly the lower back by causing inflammation between the vertebrae.

Psoriatic arthritis can also develop tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons). It can cause a specific type of tendonitis where the tendon meets the bone (enthesopathy). This can be very painful especially when if affects the Achilles tendon in the heel of the foot.






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