Psoriatic arthritis: Signs and symptoms

Psoriatic arthritis: Signs and symptoms

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How to recognize psoriatic arthritis

For most people, psoriatic arthritis develops years after psoriasis. Tell your dermatologist if you have psoriasis and any of these signs and symptoms:

  • A very noticeable swollen finger or toe.
  • Swollen and tender joints.
  • Stiffness when you wake up or sit for hours; stiffness fades as you move.
  • Nails that are pitted.
  • Nail separating from nail bed.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Heel pain.
  • Swelling on the back of your leg above your heel.

Learn more about psoriatic arthritis:

Image 1 used with permission of the American Academy of Dermatology National Library of Dermatologic Teaching Slides.

Images 2, 6, and 8 used with permission of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, J Am Acad Dermatol 2010;63:733-48.

Images 3 and 4 used with permission of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, J Am Acad Dermatol 2008;58:851-64.

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