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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: June | Volume: 7 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 218-223

Community Awareness of Risks Related to Footwear Problems

Vrutika Khabia1, Dr. Purti Haral2

1Final year BPT, 2Assistant Professor,
School of Physiotherapy, D.Y.Patil University, Navi Mumbai, India

Corresponding Author: Dr. Purti Haral


Footwear being an important part in today’s world is also a leading cause of various health problems. This survey focused on the study of common traits of the respondents in the process of selecting their footwear and consequences caused by various types of footwear.
Method: A cross sectional survey was carried out among the ambulatory individuals within the age of 15-35 years using a self-administered questionnaire. 200 subjects were invited in the study out of which 170 responded.
Result: Worst type of footwear according to them were heels (74%), flip flops (13%), sandals (10%) and shoes (2%). 21% of them got pain in the ankle and foot due to inappropriate footwear. 77% of them were not aware of the health problems caused by footwear. 72% of respondents check for comfort while purchasing footwear, 19% for proper fit, 4% for design and style and 2% for brand.
Conclusion: Data analysis concluded that majority of people were not aware of the health problems caused by footwear and some were not aware of their footwear size. Hence, it becomes important that they become aware about the health conditions. Many of them chose comfort over brand & style. Therefore, people were somewhat aware about the various aspects to be considered before purchasing a footwear.

Key words: Footwear, awareness, health problems

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