Results from the Chingford Women's Study, a 20 year examination of osteoarthritis in middle-aged and older women in the United Kingdom, has revealed that a higher body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat based on height and weight) is associated with foot-joint pain for women in this age bracket. (Click here to quickly calculate your number.)
The 639 women included in the review were between the ages of 45 and 64 when the study began in 1988. As the participants’ weight fluctuations were tracked over the years, researchers noticed that with every point increase in a woman’s BMI, her odds of developing foot joint pain went up by 2.7%. The odds of having persistent foot joint pain increased by 7.9% with every BMI uptick.
It’s not a big secret that weight gain negatively impacts the health of both women AND men—we all know that obesity is associated with diabetes and other problems like heart disease—but it is certainly interesting to take note of the quantifiable effect it can have on your day-to-day comfort, particularly in terms of the amount of pain you’ll experience when on your feet.
Maintaining a healthy weight is just one of many ways to stave off foot pain and make sure you continue walking comfortably for years to come. For more suggestions on preventative care and for relief of existing foot problems, schedule a visit with Dr. Andrew Schneider.