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What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis (PsA)?

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) include swollen joints, especially those of the fingers, toes and knees. The swollen joints are usually tender, stiff and sore. The symptoms worsen after resting or in the mornings, but improve after exercise and activity. If the immune system has attacked other parts of the body, there might be problems with the nails, like pitting and ridges. With the immune system army attacking, it uses up lots of energy and makes people feel tired. People who have PsA also have psoriasis, which is a rash that affects places like the scalp or the hands. The rash is patchy, raised, scaly, silvery and red. It usually shows up before the arthritis happens, but it can come after too. For most people with PsA, the rash is mild.

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms may include pain, swelling and warmth around the affected joints, usually those of or close to the hands and feet. Back pain, stiffness in the body, changes in toenails and fingernails, and fatigue may be symptoms of the condition, too. Although psoriasis rash is associated with this arthritis form, it is not always obvious.

Psoriatic arthritis can lead to other complications including dactylitis (a swelling of the fingers and toes), spondylitis (inflammation in the joints of the spine) and enthesopathy of the feet (a condition that causes pain in the sole or heel of your foot).

You should talk to your doctor about your psoriatic arthritis symptoms to rule out other health conditions and to receive medication to lessen your joint pain. Also talk to your doctor to determine the best course of treatment.

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