Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease characterized by the development of inflammation in the joints, spine, places of attachment of tendons and ligaments to the bones (the area of the heels, patella, etc.). The disease often develops in patients suffering from psoriasis.
The range of clinical manifestations of psoriatic arthritis is very wide. Most often, psoriatic arthritis affects the large joints of the limbs, as well as the joints of the hands and feet. Inflammatory changes in the latter, if left untreated, often lead to disfiguring and disabling consequences. Damage to the spine is clinically manifested by pain and limited mobility. Sharply painful," sausage-shaped " deformity of the fingers is also characteristic of psoriatic arthritis.
Timely referral to a rheumatologist, adequate treatment and dynamic follow-up by a rheumatologist and a dermatologist allow you to achieve and maintain remission of the disease, and, consequently, maintain a high quality of life.
Fig. 1, 2 Deformity of the feet and hands according to the type of "mutating" arthritis in psoriatic arthritis