Most people don’t associate skin problems with arthritis, but if you suffer from psoriasis, you should keep an eye out for arthritis symptoms.
At Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin, we can help you treat your psoriasis and advise you on treatments if you develop psoriatic arthritis. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dermatology Associates today.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, psoriatic arthritis may first appear as swollen joints. Your fingers or toes may appear swollen or you may feel stiff when you get up in the morning.
The majority of those who develop psoriatic arthritis do so anywhere from five to 12 years after their psoriasis first appears, although some may develop each condition simultaneously.
For psoriasis sufferers, there is no way to predict if you will eventually develop psoriatic arthritis. That makes it important to be on the lookout for symptoms and to visit your dermatologist on a regular basis.
Treatments for psoriatic arthritis are available and can range from medicine to exercise or physical therapy. Psoriatic arthritis can appear and go away without warning, and it can be a lifelong issue for many.
Some symptoms include:
- A very swollen toe or finger.
- Tender or swollen joints.
- You wake up with stiffness, but it fades when you move around.
- Pitted nails.
- Nails that separate from the nail bed.
- Low-back pain.
- Heel pain.
There are methods to manage this condition. They include:
- Exercise – consult your doctor on what regimen is best for you.
- Physical therapy.
- Water exercises.
Everyone is different and different workouts are needed to combat psoriatic arthritis, depending on your age and overall health.
Taking walks and bike rides are good options, as is light weight training. Even if you find it tough to move around, a moderate amount of exercise can help reduce painful symptoms.
- Make joints more flexible.
- Increase muscle tone.
- Decrease stress.
- Improve mood.
Many local organizations offer classes that are arthritis-friendly. Check with your local YMCA or gym to see what’s out there.
Rest is also important. If psoriatic arthritis flares up, resting your joints is a must. That’s because using joints during flare-ups places additional stress on the joints. This added stress can cause lasting damage.
You may want to use knee and other braces for better support.
Those who deal with arthritis often report that certain activities, habits and even foods can prompt arthritis flare-ups. So if psoriatic arthritis flares up, take the time to record what you were eating or doing when the flare-up occurred.
This can help you determine what your arthritis triggers are – and it allows you to take steps to avoid these triggers.
Keeping your weight at a healthy level also can decrease joint pain – and it promotes flexibility and better movement.
If you are concerned about psoriatic arthritis and whether it is affecting your life and health, contact Dermatology Associates P.C. today.