Weight loss may improve pain stemming from osteoarthritis, bunions

Losing weight has been shown to be an effective strategy to alleviate pain in the lower extremities.

Weight loss may improve pain stemming from osteoarthritis, bunions Previous research has shown that overweight or obese individuals with bunions may have success in reducing their foot pain by shedding pounds. 

Now, Penn State College of Medicine researchers have reported that getting rid of excess body fat may also be effective in alleviating pain from knee osteoarthritis.

"Individuals who underwent isolated weight loss via bariatric surgery and lost an average of 57 pounds within the first six months significantly improved their knee pain, stiffness and physical function. Quality of life, activities of daily living and sports activity also improved. All of this without other arthritic treatments," said lead researcher Christopher Edwards.

The news may not come as a surprise, however, since excess weight puts direct pressure on the feet, ankles, knees and hips, all of which are connected to one another. When one of thee joints is compromised, the others are likely to also experience dysfunction at some point.

Individuals with bunions who experience other problems in their lower extremities may want to gauge whether they need to lose weight. Additionally, bunion splints or orthotics may help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe, making it easier for these people to engage in exercise. 

 

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