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Always consult a healthcare professional if you feel you have any of these symptoms as they may be a associated of psoriatic arthritis.

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory joint disease that can affect your joints, fingers and toes. It affects men and women equally, and can start at any age although it is more likely to appear between the ages of 30–50 years.

  • Psoriatic arthritis is estimated to affect 2-3% of the general population in UK & Ireland and is found in up to 30% of those already diagnosed with a form of psoriasis
  • Joints can become swollen and as a result can cause stiffness, pain and lack of movement in areas that are affected
  • It can affect various joints in the body ranging from the small joints in your hands and feet to the larger joints such as those found in your legs and back. 
  • Sometimes, whole fingers or toes become swollen as a result of the condition. This is called ‘dactylitis’ but is more commonly referred to as ‘sausage fingers or toes’.



Inflammation in psoriatic arthritis can also affect the tendons that attach to your muscles to the bone. This inflammation of the tendons is known as ‘enthesitis’ and more commonly occurs at the heel of either foot.


Dactylitis (Sausage Fingers or Toes)

In more severe cases the condition can cause whole fingers or toes to become swollen. The medical term for this is ‘dactylitis’, but is more commonly referred to as ‘sausage fingers’ or ‘sausage toes’.
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