Which finger joints are affected by psoriatic arthritis?

In psoriatic arthritis, the swelling often affects the whole finger but more at the middle joint (figure 2). There may be pitting, ridging or crumbling of the fingernails. The joint at the end of the finger may become deformed (figure 3). Other parts of the hand and wrist are not usually affected.

Can psoriatic arthritis affect one finger?

Yes, people can have PsA symptoms in just one finger, or just in one hand, according to the Arthritis Foundation. PsA affects everyone differently. Doctors are not sure what causes it or why some people with psoriasis develop joint problems where others do not.

What helps psoriatic arthritis in fingers?

Overview. One of the first areas of your body where you might notice psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is in your hands.

  • Try a pain reliever. NSAID drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) are available over the counter.
  • Take breaks.
  • Cool it.
  • Or warm it.
  • Get a hand massage.
  • Wear a splint.
  • Practice hand fitness.
  • What does psoriatic arthritis look like in fingers?

    Stiff, puffy, sausage-like fingers or toes are common, along with joint pain and tenderness. The psoriasis flares and arthritis pain can happen at the same time and in the same place, but not always. You may also notice: Dry, red skin patches with silvery-white scales.

    Does psoriatic arthritis hurt all the time?

    Joint pain or stiffness Psoriatic arthritis usually affects the knees, fingers, toes, ankles, and lower back. Symptoms of pain and stiffness may disappear at times, and then return and worsen at other times. When symptoms subside for a time, it’s known as a remission.

    What treatment options are available for psoriatic arthritis?

    both over-the-counter and prescription

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • which may reduce inflammation and slow or stop joint and tissue damage
  • How serious is psoriatic arthritis?

    Psoriatic arthritis tends to alternate between flare-ups and periods of improvement. It leads to joint damage and severe disability in many of the people it affects. Some people may need surgery. Rarely, complications such as joint dislocations of the neck and leaking of the heart valves may develop.

    What does psoriatic arthritis affect?

    Psoriatic arthritis tends to affect the distal joints (those closest to the nails) in the fingers and toes, although it can also affect the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, neck, and lower back. There are five types of psoriatic arthritis, which are defined by which joints are affected, and how many.

    Does psoriatic arthritis cause swelling?

    Psoriatic arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in any joint in your body, from your hands to your back — and often, in your feet. You can read here about common psoriatic arthritis symptoms.