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Does Psoriatic Arthritis Cause Heel Pain?

Recently, I've been experiencing very sharp pain in my heels when I first get out of bed in the morning. I have psoriatic arthritis and am wondering if this might just be a new symptom. Does psoriatic arthritis cause heel pain?

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One of the possible symptoms of psoriatic arthritis is tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, which can cause quite a bit of pain in the heel area. Plantar fasciitis, also common in people with psoriatic arthritis, is another possible culprit. Plantar fasciitis often causes intense, stabbing pain in the heel area, usually with the first steps of each day.
 
If you have already been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and are beginning to experience heel pain, be sure to bring up this new symptom with your rheumatologist. If you have already been diagnosed with psoriasis but have not yet been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, you might want to discuss this with your dermatologist or family doctor, who can refer you to a rheumatologist if necessary.
 
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