About Psoriatic Arthritis
"Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.
Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50. Genes, the immune system and environmental factors are all believed to play a role in the onset of the disease.
Psoriatic arthritis can develop slowly with mild symptoms, or it can develop quickly and be severe. Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis can help prevent or limit extensive joint damage that occurs in later stages of the disease."
Source: National Psoriasis Foundation
I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2012, but I have been noticing undiagnosed symptoms since 1989. Prior to my diagnosis, I was told my symptoms were due to excess weight. This made sense to me and is probably why I never pursued further testing. This is a photo of the deformities caused by this disease in my right foot, pre-surgery. Perhaps if I were properly diagnosed sooner, I could have avoided surgery. I also have psoriatic arthritis in my right knee, right shoulder, left hip, spine and ankles.