Women with Fibromyalgia Experience Worse Foot Health and General Quality of Life, Study Suggests

Women with Fibromyalgia Experience Worse Foot Health and General Quality of Life, Study Suggests
Women with fibromyalgia show impairments in foot health and general health-related quality of life, according to a study from Spain. The study, “Quality of life related to foot health status in women with fibromyalgia: a case-control study,” appeared in the journal Archives of Medical Science. Although the prevalence of stiffness or mobility abnormalities may not be different, women with fibromyalgia experience increased foot pain relative to healthy controls. As such, measuring foot health-related quality of life may be needed to better determine the impact of fibromyalgia. The Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) assesses both foot and general health-related quality of life. However, this questionnaire has not been used in women with fibromyalgia. Therefore, the researchers in Spain used the FHSQ in 208 women (mean age of 55 years; range 26–83) recruited from an outpatient clinic between March and May 2018 — 104 with fibromyalgia and 104 were healthy controls. The two groups showed similar age, height, weight, and body mass index. Specifically, the 1.03 Version of the FHSQ included three sections: section one had four domains assessing foot function, foot pain, footwear, and general foot health; section two included four overall health-related quality of life domains — physical activity, general health, social capacity, and vigor; and section three assessed information such as socioeconomic status, comorbidities, satisfaction
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