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The Impact of Psoriatic Arthritis on the Feet and Ankles

Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, is a type of inflammatory arthritis that can manifest in individuals with the autoimmune skin condition psoriasis. This form of arthritis primarily affects the feet and ankles, bringing about inflammation and pain in the joints and supporting structures. PsA is frequently associated with various other foot conditions, including Achilles tendonitis, dactylitis, and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis is characterized by a painful inflammation of the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel where it attaches to the heel bone. Dactylitis involves severe inflammation around the toe joints, leading to swelling that gives the toes a sausage-like appearance and induces rigidity and pain when flexing. Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone, causing discomfort and hindrance in movement. As PsA progresses, it can significantly impede walking and performing daily activities, imposing substantial discomfort and limiting one's ability to engage in regular life pursuits. A cure for PsA does not exist yet, but various treatment options are available to manage the condition, slow its progression, and alleviate the associated symptoms. If you suspect or experience symptoms indicative of psoriatic arthritis, it is strongly suggested that you seek help from a qualified podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.


  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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