My Psoriatic Arthritis Journey: Connecting With My Rheumatologist


Summer Scirocco

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Summer Scirocco

Summer Scirocco lives in a small town in Louisiana with her husband, where she’s a community ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation and the National Psoriasis Foundation. She’s also an active volunteer with the U.S. Pain Foundation and other organizations across the country.

After I gave birth to my daughter in December of 2012, my joints were painful and swollen, and I was exhausted, but I assumed it was just a result of having a baby. I figured giving birth does wonky things to your body, and it was all part of being a new mom.

That summer, though, my ankles still looked and felt like I was nine months pregnant, and I noticed a cut on the back of my foot that wouldn’t heal. I went to a podiatrist, one of the few specialists in my small Louisiana town, and he said I probably just stepped on something sharp. He gave me some topical medication and sent me on my way. But then, I noticed dry, flaky skin around the area, and told the doctor; he said it could be athlete’s foot. I took all kinds of medications and creams and nothing helped. And then, it started to spread to my other foot. My heels got so painful and dry that I had to walk around on my tiptoes. I knew something was wrong, but I figured that the doctor knew best.

Living with swollen, achy joints that come with psoriatic arthritis can be difficult, but it’s all about finding the right treatment and staying positive.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 29, 2017

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