People who get Psoriatic Arthritis usually start experiencing symptoms between 30 to 50 years of age.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that will develop in up to 30 percent of people who have the chronic skin condition psoriasis. The exact causes are not yet known, but a number of genetic associations have been identified in a study of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis can affect people of any age, both male and female, but psoriatic arthritis tends to affect more adults than young people. People with psoriasis may also have other types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, but these aren’t linked to the psoriasis.
Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis can include:
- Pain and stiffness in and around your joints
- Swollen fingers or toes (dactylitis), caused by inflammation in both joints and tendons
- Buttock pain, a stiff back or a stiff neck, which is caused by inflammation in your spine (spondylitis)
- Pain and swelling in your heels, caused by inflammation where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone
- Pain in other areas where tendons attach to bone (enthesitis), such as your knee, hip and chest
- Pitting, discoloration and thickening of your nails
- Fatigue, which can be caused by the activity of the disease and the emotional effects that come with living with a long-term condition.
Dr Peter Browne and his nurse Trish will be responsible for your condition and treatments