Fat mass is a predictor of incident foot pain

Peter Butterworth, Donna Michelle Urquhart, Flavia Maria Cicuttini, Hylton B Menz, Boyd Josef Gimnicher Strauss, Joe Proietto, John Dixon, Graeme Jones, Karl B Landorf, Anita Estelle Wluka

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Foot pain is a common complaint in adults. Increased BMI and fat mass have been linked only to foot pain prevalence. Therefore, a longitudinal study to examine the relationship between body composition and incident foot pain over 3 years was conducted. Design and Methods Sixty-one community dwelling participants from a previous study of musculoskeletal health, who did not have foot pain at study inception in 2008, were invited to take part in this follow-up study in 2011. Current foot pain was determined using the Manchester Foot Pain and Disability Index, and body composition was measured using dual X-ray absorptiometry at study baseline. Results Of the 51 respondents (84 response rate, 37 females and 14 males), there were 11 who developed foot pain. BMI ranged from underweight to morbidly obese (17-44 kg/m2), mean 27.0 ? 6.0 kg/m2. Incident foot pain was positively associated with both fat mass (odds ratio [OR] 1.11, 95 confidence interval [CI] 1.03-1.20) and fat-mass index (OR 1.28, 95 CI 1.04-1.57) in multivariate analysis. Conclusions Fat mass is a predictor of incident foot pain. This study supports the notion that incident foot pain in overweight individuals is associated with fat mass rather than body mass alone. Copyright ? 2013 The Obesity Society. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reaxys Database Information
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E495 - E499
Number of pages5
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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