By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 27, 2016
Tags: Arthritis  

Joint pain in the toes, feet and ankles is a common reason patients make an appointment to see one of our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. There can be several causes for this complaint but in honor of Psoriasis Awareness Month, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to inform out patients about a particular disorder: Psoriatic Arthritis.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects about 750 million Americans. Its telltale symptom is patches of red, scaly skin covered with silvery scales that occur because the body produces new skin cells too rapidly. About 30% of patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. In 85% of these patients, the psoriasis develops first and then the joint disease follows.

What You Need to Know

Early detection of psoriatic arthritis is critical. Studies show that permanent joint damage can occur in as little as 6 months if psoriatic arthritis is not diagnosed and treated. The most common place for psoriatic arthritis to develop is in the distal joints—those closest to the nails on your toes or fingers. In addition to joint pain, symptoms to be on the lookout for include:

  • Extreme swelling of the toes
  • Stiffness and tenderness in the joints
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Changes in your toenails—pitting, discoloration (may appear similar to a fungal infection) or separation of the nail from the bed
  • General fatigue and tiredness
  • Redness or pain in the eye

Getting Treatment

If you have any pain and discomfort in the joints of your feet, it is important to make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office to have it evaluated. Be sure to tell the podiatrist if you have been diagnosed with psoriasis. The foot doctor will examine your feet and get a complete medical history. X-rays or other imaging studies may also be ordered. The foot doctor will want to rule out other possible causes of your joint symptoms. Whether your joint pain turns out to be psoriatic arthritis or another problem, early detection and treatment is best for limiting disability. Don’t delay, contact us today by calling: 732-662-3050.