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Factors associated with prevalent and incident foot pain: data from the Tasmanian Older Adult Cohort Study


Laslett, LL and Menz, HB and Otahal, P and Pan, F and Cicuttini, FM and Jones, G, Factors associated with prevalent and incident foot pain: data from the Tasmanian Older Adult Cohort Study, Maturitas, 118 pp. 38-43. ISSN 0378-5122 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.10.004


Objectives: To describe factors associated with prevalent and incident foot pain in a population-based cohort of older adults (n=1092).

Study design: Longitudinal observational study.

Main outcome measures: Prevalent foot pain, incident foot pain after 5 years.

Methods: Potential correlates included demographic factors, anthropometry, leg strength, metabolic factors, steps per day (using pedometer), pain at 6 other sites, and psychological wellbeing. Data were analysed using log binomial models.

Results: Participants were aged 5080 years (mean 63 years), 49% male, mean body mass index (BMI) 27.8 4.7 at baseline. The prevalence of foot pain at baseline was 38% and the incidence of new pain over 5 years was 20%. BMI, pain at other sites (neck, hands, knees, pain at three or more sites), and poorer psychological wellbeing were independently associated with baseline foot pain. Baseline BMI and pain in the neck, hands, and knees were independently associated with incident foot pain; but change in weight or BMI, total number of painful joints and psychological wellbeing were not. Self-reported diabetes and cigarette smoking were not associated with prevalent or incident foot pain.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates that greater body weight and joint pain at multiple sites were consistently associated with prevalent foot pain and predict incident foot pain. Addressing excess body mass and taking a global approach to the treatment of pain may reduce the prevalence and incidence of foot pain in older adults.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:foot, obesity, pain, aged, body composition, cohort studies, pain/epidemiology
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Laslett, LL (Dr Laura Laslett)
UTAS Author:Otahal, P (Mr Petr Otahal)
UTAS Author:Pan, F (Dr Feng Pan)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
ID Code:129068
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (1070586)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2018-11-07
Last Modified:2019-11-18
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