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Quality of life related to foot health status in women with fibromyalgia: a case-control study

Patricia Palomo-López, César Calvo-Lobo, Ricardo Becerro-de-Bengoa-Vallejo, Marta Elena Losa-Iglesias, David Rodriguez-Sanz, Rubén Sánchez-Gómez, Daniel López-López

Arch Med Sci 2019; 15 (3): 694–699
Online publish date: 2018/07/10
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Introduction
To date, the Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) has not been applied to women who suffer from fibromyalgia. The main purpose of this study was to compare both foot and general health-related quality of life between women with fibromyalgia and healthy matched women. We hypothesized that women with fibromyalgia may present an impaired quality of life related to foot and general health.

Material and methods
A sample of 208 women, mean age of 55.00 ±8.25 years, was recruited from an outpatient clinic and divided into 2 groups, 104 women with fibromyalgia (for the case group) and 104 healthy matched women (for the control group). Demographic data and the domains of the FHSQ scores were registered.

Results
Statistically significant differences (p < 0.001) between case and control groups were found for both all specific foot domains (pain, foot function, foot health and footwear) and all general wellbeing domains (general health, physical activity, social capacity and vigor), showing a worse foot and general health-related quality of life (with lower scores for all FHSQ domains) in the women with fibromyalgia compared to healthy matched women.

Conclusions
Impaired foot and general health-related quality of life was observed in women who suffered from fibromyalgia compared to healthy matched women.

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fibromyalgia, foot, foot injuries, musculoskeletal pain, quality of life

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