Psoriatic arthritis symptoms

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease that can cause irreversible joint damage and affect other parts of your body, so it’s important to discuss your symptoms with your rheumatologist. The sooner psoriatic arthritis is

the sooner it can be managed appropriately.

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include skin symptoms like red, scaly skin patches known as plaque psoriasis, as well as joint symptoms like joint pain and swelling. Additionally, psoriatic arthritis symptoms usually flare and then diminish, vary from person to person, and can change locations in the same person over time.


Common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis may include:

Swollen fingers and toes (dactylitis)
Swollen fingers

“Sausage-like” swelling along the entire length of fingers and toes—also called dactylitis—is often a telltale sign of psoriatic arthritis, as opposed to rheumatoid arthritis, in which the swelling is usually confined to a joint. In PsA, it is possible to have swelling in your hands and feet before developing joint symptoms.

Tender, painful, or swollen joints
Red, scaly skin patches known as plaques
Reduced range of motion
Morning stiffness
Back and neck pain
General fatigue
Changes to nails
Foot, ankle, and heel pain
Eye pain

The impact of psoriatic arthritis symptoms

The pain and discomfort of red, scaly skin patches as well as the joint pain, swelling, and stiffness of psoriatic arthritis can have a negative impact on your

—making even your regular, daily activities difficult. Upon waking up in the morning, some patients experience stiffness that can last more than 30 minutes. Additionally, if the joints of the feet, ankles, or knees are affected, routine tasks like walking or getting out of a chair can be painful.

You may know that mild, regular exercise can help you stay flexible and alleviate stiffness. However, if you’ve experienced any of the symptoms above and/or are

 like getting out of bed, cutting your own food, combing your hair, brushing your teeth, or not being able to do activities you used to do because of your joint pain, tell your doctor.

Watch This 15-Second Video – Then Take the PsA Symptom Quiz

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Find out if your skin and joint symptoms could have something in common: psoriatic arthritis.

Have you been diagnosed with PsA?

Since you answered “yes,” you might want to learn more about PsA inflammation and disease progression. 

Find out if your skin and joint symptoms could have something in common: psoriatic arthritis.


About 1 in 3 people with psoriasis may develop PsA. People with PsA may also have other conditions involving the eyes, heart, and/or GI tract.

Other conditions that are associated with psoriatic arthritis

In addition to psoriasis, some people with PsA may have diseases that have been shown to be associated with PsA, including:

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Heart disease

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Eye disease (uveitis—an inflammatory condition)

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IBD (inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)

If any of these symptoms seem familiar, talk to your doctor.

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