Good Moves June 2003 Issue

When OA Strikes Hands And Feet

A woman’s extremities are particularly vulnerable to osteoarthritis. Here are ways to lessen pain and disability.

While osteoarthritis often affects knees and hips, OA can also occur in the hands and feet—particularly among women. Typical risk factors include repetitive stress, overuse and poor circulation.

While OA in women has a tendency to develop after menopause, a study of 1,053 women under age 45 found evidence of osteoarthritis in their hands and knees by age 40. Almost 70 percent of people over 70 have X-ray evidence of OA, but only half of…

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