-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 3 (HealthDay News) -- Bunions, a common but
painful deformity of the foot, are more likely to develop in older
people and women, a new study has found.
And the more severe the bunion, the more likely the person is to
have pain in other parts of the body, leading to declines in both
general and foot-specific health-related quality of life,
A bunion is a bump that develops on the side of the big toe as
it leans toward the second toe, instead of pointing straight
For this study, associate professor Hylton Menz, of La Trobe
University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues at the Arthritis
Research U.K. Primary Care Centre at Keele University, England,
examined data from 2,831 people, aged 56 and older, who were taking
part in an osteoarthritis research project in the United
The study findings are published in the March issue of the
Arthritis Care & Research.
Just over one-third of the participants had some degree of
bunion, with a greater prevalence among women and older people. In
addition to causing pain and physical impairment, bunions affected
general health, vitality, social function and mental health,
according to the researchers.
This means that bunion treatments offer patients benefits other
than simply relieving pain at the site of the bunion, they
explained in a news release from the journal's publisher.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has more about
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