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Psoriatic Arthritis and the Feet

Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

Psoriatic arthritis often occurs with people who have already been diagnosed with psoriasis, a disease that produces a skin rash, typically on the scalp and hands. But many of those affected also experience pain in the feet and Achilles tendon. This is known as enthesitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the tendons and ligaments that connect to bones. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and redness. Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis in the feet is not a straightforward process, as it may develop before the symptoms of psoriasis appear. Treatment options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications of varying strength, depending on the severity of the disease. Seeing a podiatrist is a good idea, so that a complete examination and diagnosis can be made. A podiatrist can also offer other lifestyle and footwear changes that may help to reduce the effects of psoriatic arthritis in the feet and ankles.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Chambersburg, and Mcconnellsburg, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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