Research indicates higher prevalence of arthritis than previously believed

Arthritis is a debilitating condition that causes pain, stiff joints, bunions and immobility, and researchers believe it may be more common than was suggested in the past. 

Research indicates higher prevalence of arthritis than previously believed A team of researchers at Newcastle University found that arthritis may be a more prevalent condition than past studies have suggested, with their recent report indicating that about 65.4 percent of people older than 85 have the condition. 

Additionally, arthritis appears to be more common among women than men, much like bunions and hammer toe.

“Establishing the impact of arthritis on disability, health and well-being and healthcare use, is fundamental before we can determine treatment approaches and measure their success; particularly in the presence of multimorbidity in this age group," said study authors.

The most common sites of pain include the knee, foot, ankle and lower back.

Individuals with bunions stemming from arthritis may want to consider supplementing their doctor-prescribed treatment with bunion splints or orthotics, which may help correct the bony deformities without the need for additional medication or invasive operations.

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