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How can you ease foot pain from psoriatic arthritis?

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You can try:

  • Medications to treat the underlying disease
  • Cold packs to bring down swelling
  • Keeping toenails short (to reduce risk of separation from the nailbed)
  • Steroid injection beneath the toenail to help control nail changes
  • Steroid injection into a joint to quickly reduce inflammation

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Classification of Psoriatic Arthritis,” “About Psoriatic Arthritis,” "5 things you didn’t know about PsA."

Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism: "Dactylitis: A hallmark of psoriatic arthritis.” 

Arthritis Foundation: “Anatomy of the Foot,” "Arthritis & Diseases that Affect the Foot,” 10 Hand- and Foot-Care Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis."

Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases: "Psoriasis and the risk of foot and ankle tendinopathy or enthesopathy in the absence of psoriatic arthritis: a population-based study.”

Rheumatology: "Metatarsophalangeal joint pain in psoriatic arthritis: a cross-sectional study.”

UpToDate.com: “Psoriatic arthritis (Beyond the Basics).” 

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Synovitis.” 

Expert Review of Clinical Immunology: "Focusing on the foot in psoriatic arthritis: pathology and management options."

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriatic arthritis.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 22, 2019

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Classification of Psoriatic Arthritis,” “About Psoriatic Arthritis,” "5 things you didn’t know about PsA."

Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism: "Dactylitis: A hallmark of psoriatic arthritis.” 

Arthritis Foundation: “Anatomy of the Foot,” "Arthritis & Diseases that Affect the Foot,” 10 Hand- and Foot-Care Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis."

Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases: "Psoriasis and the risk of foot and ankle tendinopathy or enthesopathy in the absence of psoriatic arthritis: a population-based study.”

Rheumatology: "Metatarsophalangeal joint pain in psoriatic arthritis: a cross-sectional study.”

UpToDate.com: “Psoriatic arthritis (Beyond the Basics).” 

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Synovitis.” 

Expert Review of Clinical Immunology: "Focusing on the foot in psoriatic arthritis: pathology and management options."

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriatic arthritis.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 22, 2019

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