Although obesity is a trigger for a myriad of diseases including stroke, high blood pressure and even certain forms of cancer, there is now proof that women with severe weight gain are at a higher risk of developing arthritis, according to a Mayo Clinic study. Pain in the feet and hands are common among older women in general, but taking steps toward a healthy lifestyle can keep these symptoms from becoming severe.
According to researchers, cases of rheumatoid arthritis rose 9.2 percent per 100,000 women from 1985 to 2007, and weight gain accounted for 52.2 percent of the increase, the Chicago Tribune reported. This crippling condition has been prevalent more often due to the rise in obesity rates across the country. More than 1 million people in the United States suffer from the disease, and two out of three times, the patients are women.
According to the Mayo Clinic, preventing arthritis is as simple as choosing the appropriate joint for the task at hand. Relying on smaller, more fragile joints to accomplish heavy tasks can cause inflammation. This inflammation can spur on a lot of foot problems, including stress fractures and an increased rate of bunions.