Did you ever think your stubborn psoriasis could be causing autoimmune inflammation inside your joints? Up to 30% of patients with psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis. Unfortunately, many patients don’t recognize they have this condition, because psoriatic arthritis is not very painful. However, with time, it can lead to progressive damage and deformities of the joints which are not reversible.
If you have skin psoriasis and persistent joint pain and or swelling in your fingers, can’t get your rings to fit, experience Achilles pain or plantar fasciitis, have stiffness for more than 30 minutes in your joints upon awakening and or have experienced inflammation in your eyes, then you may have underlying psoriatic arthritis.
A simple rheumatology evaluation and blood testing can help confirm the presence of this disease. Early intervention including highly targeted treatments that are now available can put both the psoriasis as well as the psoriatic arthritis into full remission.
This is the best therapeutic approach, as studies are showing increased risk of malignancy and heart disease in patients with untreated inflammatory arthritis conditions.