If you’re living with psoriatic arthritis, you probably want to know if there are things you can do to help your condition and prevent future damage. Psoriatic arthritis tends to impact the joints in the fingers, wrists, ankles and knees. The inflammation and swelling that can occur can lead to permanent joint damage. That makes it very important to work with a rheumatologist and/or dermatologist to treat your condition medically.

“It’s better to treat effectively and aggressively from the beginning, because who knows how bad it could get over time,” says dermatologist Susan Bard, M.D. of Vive Dermatology in Brooklyn, New York. “Why allow it to get to that point?”

Medically supervised treatment is the number one thing you can do to protect your joints from future damage. But there are also some tips and tricks you can use in your daily life that can help protect your joints and make certain tasks easier while living with joint pain.