Like most types of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis
is a condition in which the cartilage in the joint breaks down and is essentially worn out. However, psoriatic arthritis is unique in that it can commonly develop due to psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes skin to become dry, red and flaky.
Here are 5 signs that you may have psoriatic arthritis:
- Your joints are red and swollen.
- Your fingernails are pitting, ridging or crumbling.
- Your end finger joint is deformed.
- Your joints sometimes feel warm.
- You have trouble moving your hands and/or fingers as you normally do or feel stiff.
Psoriatic arthritis can be similar to rheumatoid arthritis
; however, those with psoriatic arthritis tend to see swelling more at the middle finger joint. It can be a debilitating disease that prevents you from doing every day tasks.
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, visit a hand surgeon. The sooner you receive treatment, the higher your chances are of getting better. Your hand surgeon will likely take some x-rays to see the shape of the bones in your hands and look for swelling. Medications can sometimes help psoriatic arthritis. In other cases, surgery is an option. Your surgeon will discuss the best treatment option for you.