Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

The Effects of Psoriatic Arthritis on the Feet and Ankles

Psoriasis is a visible autoimmune disease characterized by red patches of skin with silvery scales. It results from an overactive immune system, attacking healthy tissue and causing excess skin cell production. However, this immune response can also trigger inflammation in joints. Approximately one-third of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, a chronic inflammatory joint disease. Often, psoriasis precedes PsA, but joint issues can emerge before skin symptoms, or may be so mild that patients do not connect them with psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint, including the ankles and tendons around them. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, swelling, and warmth in the joints. Foot-related problems from PsA can include swelling of entire toes, heel pain from Achilles' tendon inflammation, and sole pain due to plantar fascia inflammation. Additionally, it can cause nail changes such as lifting, pitting, discoloration, or thickening. Managing PsA involves symptom control and joint protection. If you have psoriatic arthritis and it is impacting the comfort of your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a correct diagnosis and treatment options.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. 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 our offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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