When OA Strikes Hands And Feet

A womans extremities are particularly vulnerable to osteoarthritis. Here are ways to lessen pain and disability.

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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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