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How Psoriatic Arthritis Affects the Feet

Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, is a condition intricately linked with psoriasis, affecting up to 50 percent of those individuals with PsA. Psoriatic arthritis targets the joints, tendons, and ligaments of the feet, leading to inflammation and discomfort. Symptoms can include swelling, pain, stiffness, and changes in appearance, such as nail pitting and skin lesions. Foot involvement in PsA can make walking and daily activities challenging, with conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis causing significant pain and limiting movement. Complications like dactylitis, which is a sausage-like swelling of the toes, and arthritis mutilans, or joint deformity, can occur if left untreated. Podiatrists can offer tailored treatment plans, including medication and specific orthotics to alleviate symptoms and enhance mobility. If you believe you have psoriatic arthritis that is affecting your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Inc.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, Mentor, and Tallmadge, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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