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Foot Problems are a Common Concern for Aging Adults

By November 29, 2012

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The Framingham Heart Study (FHS) is a well-known study that has shown the importance of key factors in heart health, most notably, diet and exercise.  This long-term study has analyzed data from thousands of participants, over multiple generations since 1948.  A spin-off of the FHS is the Framingham Foot Study, which showed the prevalence of certain foot problems and how they are related to other health concerns. From the Framingham Foot Study, we've seen how shoes can affect foot health, particularly for women. The study showed that women who trended toward wearing good shoes in the past were less likely to have foot problems later in life, specifically in the heel and hind-foot areas.  It was also learned from the study that 25% of study participants, all older adults, related generalized foot pain on most days.

Source: Foot Pain: Is Current or Past Shoewear a Factor? The Framingham Foot Study

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