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Fat mass is a predictor of incident foot pain


Butterworth, PA and Urquhart, DM and Cicuttini, FM and Menz, HB and Strauss, BJ and Proietto, J and Dixon, JB and Jones, G and Landorf, KB and Wluka, AE, Fat mass is a predictor of incident foot pain, Obesity, 21, (9) pp. E495-E499. ISSN 1930-7381 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 The Obesity Society

DOI: doi:10.1002/oby.20393


Objective: 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. © 2013 The Obesity Society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
ID Code:87005
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-11-05
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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