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Most people have seen commercials advertising different medications for psoriasis. You know, the commercials where people try to hide patches on their skin that cause them embarrassment. Well, psoriatic Arthritis is often preceded by psoriasis, the skin condition that forms inflamed patches of skin with scales that become visually unpleasing and uncomfortable for people. Psoriatic arthritis is another form of arthritis that can affect the feet.
Aside from the skin condition, psoriatic arthritis can resemble rheumatoid arthritis. This type of arthritis more commonly affects the toe joints creating them to become painful, warm and swollen (resembling sausage toes). If left untreated it can cause significant joint damage. Psoriatic arthritis is also known for causing pain where tendons and ligaments insert such as the plantar fascia on the bottom, resembling plantar fasciitis of the foot or the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can also affect your nails and toenails causing them to flake and pit.
Your rheumatologist can help you manage this condition with medications, but your Podiatrist can help you keep your feet feeling as comfortable as possible with different shoe gear & insert options, injections, and surgical procedures. If your feet are suffering from psoriatic arthritis, please call Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to schedule an Appointment.
Types and Symptoms of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis- This is the most common form and generally has a gradual onset. Sufferers generally feel muscle weakness and deterioration, breakdown in cartilage, and possible bone spurs. This form comes with pain that can also progress but can also be relieved with rest. Osteoarthritis is a problem in feet when people are overweight due to the amount of pressure on the many joints in the foot.
Rheumatoid Arthritis- This form is a major crippling disorder and the most serious of the forms of arthritis. This systematically affects more than a dozen smaller joints during its course. Sufferers generally feel stiffness, fatigue, and weight-loss. Women are 3 times more likely to be affected then men. Rheumatoid Arthritis can alternate between periods of remission and exacerbation, it can be active for months or years then stop, sometimes permanently.
Gout Arthritis- This usually affects a single big toe joint and is extremely painful. Men are more affected then women. Heredity, as well as diet, dehydration, and water pills/fluid retention can be factors and can affect those suffering from this form of arthritis.
Psoriatic Arthritis- This form only shows up in 1 in 20 psoriasis patients. It mildly affects only a few joints usually the ends of fingers and toes. Psoriasis affects the skin, and in severe cases it can affect the joints. As the skin worsens so does this form of arthritis.
If have any questions or feel that you are suffering from any of these symptoms of Arthritis please Contact Us at Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic today to schedule your appointment withDr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS in Bismarck or Hazen, North Dakota today. 701-255-3338.
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