What is psoriatic arthritis (PsA)?
In psoriatic arthritis, both joints and skin may be affected
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an autoimmune disease that may affect both the joints and skin. When you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In PsA, your immune system attacks the healthy tissue in the joints and skin. This causes inflammation, which triggers joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Skin symptoms may also include thick, raised areas of the skin, scaling, and redness.
PsA is a chronic, progressive condition. This means it lasts a long time and the symptoms can get worse over time. Without treatment, PsA may lead to serious joint damage. This is why early diagnosis and treatment are so important. And although there is no cure for PsA, there are medicines—such as SIMPONI ARIA®—that can help control symptoms and help you perform everyday activities with less difficulty.
Who is affected by psoriatic arthritis?
Psoriatic arthritis symptoms
The symptoms of PsA are common to other types of arthritis, which can make it challenging to diagnose. They also vary from person to person, but some of the most common symptoms include:
- Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
- This typically occurs in the ankles, knees, fingers, toes, and lower back
- Swelling of an entire finger or toe
- Pain or tenderness in the heel of the foot
- Thick, red, scaly patches on the skin
Find a rheumatologist
Finding a rheumatologist may be the first step in taking control of your condition. Our rheumatologist locator can help you find and contact a rheumatologist in your area. To get started, enter your city/state or your ZIP code and click the “Search” button.
This database is compiled for informational purposes only. No fees have been received or paid in exchange for participation in this database. The database of physician information which drives Rheumatologist Locator does not contain sufficient information with which to verify physician credentials under the standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) or the Utilization Review Accreditation Committee (URAC).
Inclusion in this database does not represent an endorsement, referral, or recommendation from Janssen Biotech, Inc. In addition, physicians participating in this search feature do not necessarily endorse the use of SIMPONI ARIA®. Janssen Biotech, Inc. undertakes reasonable efforts to keep the information contained in Rheumatologist Locator accurate. However, because Janssen compiles such information from numerous and varied sources and may experience reporting and processing errors or delays, Janssen makes no representations or warranties of any nature with respect to the information obtained through this website including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. The material included in this website is for informational purposes only.
Your selection of a physician is your sole responsibility and is an important decision that should be undertaken with care. For example, you may consider checking credentials with the appropriate medical boards or discussing this with others. In addition, you can obtain names of other physicians by contacting a local medical society. If you are a physician visiting this site and need to update your information or opt out, please call 866-714-6588.