Psoriatic Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the joints associated with psoriasis (a skin-related auto-immune disease). It commonly affects the feet and ankles, and is characterized by swelling of the toes and feet, changes to the toenails, and skin rashes on the feet. The joints in the toes, feet and ankle may also become stiff and painful.
Like Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is an inflammatory disorder with an auto-immune component, meaning that it occurs when our immune system starts fighting healthy cells. Because both conditions involve chronic inflammation in the joints, the symptoms and presentation are often similar.
About 30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis. Usually people develop psoriasis before psoriatic arthritis, but sometimes the arthritic symptoms may present before the disease starts affecting the skin.
Some of the common symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis in the feet are:
Psoriatic Arthritis is secondary to (and often preceded by) Psoriasis. Both are auto-immune diseases where the body’s immune system becomes overactive and starts attacking healthy cells: With Psoriasis, the body attacks skin cells; with Psoriatic Arthritis it attacks the joints. When these cells are attacked, the immune system tries to protect and heal the damage by triggering its inflammatory response, which produces inflammation in the affected areas. Although the inflammatory response is part of our body’s natural, healthy way to heal injuries, with an auto-immune disease like psoriatic arthritis, the immune system gets confused and repeatedly misfires its inflammatory response. This causes excessive inflammation buildup in the joints, which leads to pain and stiffness and can damage the surrounding muscle and tissue over time.
The exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown. There is believed to be a strong genetic component that either causes or predisposes a person to developing Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. There is also evidence that infection or trauma can be a contributing factor, because both of these trigger the body’s inflammatory response.
Psoriatic arthritis cannot be cured, but it can be effectively managed and treated. Some of these treatment options include:
Looking for solutions to manage psoriatic arthritis in your feet? We’re here to help! Use our online booking form below or call us at 416-769-FEET(3338) to book an appointment with one of our chiropodists. We’re open 7 days a week – no referral needed!
Risk factors for developing Psoriatic Arthritis are:
There is evidence that infection or trauma may contribute to the disease, but this is yet to be determined.
There is no known way to prevent psoriatic arthritis. In psoriasis patients, risk factors can be mitigated with overall healthy lifestyle habits, like regular exercise, strengthening the muscles in your feet and ankles, and a balanced diet.
Our foot clinic offers many solutions for managing and preventing the effects of psoriatic arthritis. To book an assessment with one of our foot specialists, use our online booking form or contact us at 416-769-FEET (3338) – no referral needed!
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