09/24/2011 10:52 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2015

Psoriatic Arthritis: 9 Risk Factors

Psoriatic arthritis can't be prevented or cured, but it can be treated. It's not easy to predict who will get this painful joint condition, but if you're at risk, it makes sense to watch for early symptoms such as swollen and painful fingers and toes.

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms can be mild or severe, depending on the individual, but either way, getting treatment sooner rather than later can help you avoid permanent joint damage.

Here are some reasons you may be at higher risk of psoriatic arthritis: