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Maturitas. 2011 Jan;68(1):83-7. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.08.010. Epub 2010 Sep 29.

Predictors and persistence of foot problems in women aged 70 years and over: a prospective study.

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Musculoskeletal Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3086, Australia. h.menz@latrobe.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the prevalence and correlates of foot problems in older women over a 6-year period.

STUDY DESIGN:

Women aged 70-75 years who participated in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health completed a postal questionnaire incorporating questions relating to demographics, major medical conditions and health status in 1999 (n=8059) and 2005 (n=4745).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Self-reported foot problems at baseline and at 6 years follow-up, major medical conditions, body mass index (BMI).

RESULTS:

At baseline, 26% of the sample reported foot problems. At follow-up, 37% remained free of foot problems, 36% had developed a new foot problem, 13% experienced resolution of their foot problems and 14% experienced persistent foot problems. Increase in BMI was significantly associated with the development of new foot problems and the persistence of existing foot problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Foot problems are common in older women and are associated with increased BMI. Maintaining a healthy bodyweight may therefore play a role in the prevention of foot disorders in older women.

PMID:
20884140
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.08.010
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