Foot Arch Height and Quality of Life in Adults: A Strobe Observational Study

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López-López, Daniel and Vilar-Fernández, Juan and Barros-García, Gonzalo and Losa-Iglesias, Marta and Palomo-López, Patricia and Becerro de Bengoa Vallejo, Ricardo and Calvo-Lobo, Cesar (2018) Foot Arch Height and Quality of Life in Adults: A Strobe Observational Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (7). p. 1555. ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

Background: Variations in the foot structure related with the high or low arch are identified common lower limb conditions, and it is supposed to be the effect on the quality of life (QoL) associated to foot health in adults. Here we aimed to determine the relationships between relatively high and low feet arches and QoL.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out. Among 138 adults enrolled in the study, 66 had a high arch, 21 had a low arch, and 51 were within the normal range. Changes related to the foot structure were analyzed using Area Calc version 2.6 software, and data obtained using the Foot-Health-Status-Questionnaire (FHSQ), whose domains were compared between foot arch groups by means of the one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA).
Results: The results of the FHSQ comparison between the three groups within the sample population did not show any statistically significant difference (p > 0.05) for any domains of specific foot (pain, function, general health and footwear) and general (general health, physical activity, social function and vigor) health-related QoL.
Conclusions: Specific foot and general health-related QoL did not seem to be influenced by the foot arch height between high, normal and low feet arches heights. Nevertheless, further studies with higher sample sizes and matched-paired groups should be carried out.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Adult; flatfoot; foot disease; flat foot; quality of life
Subjects:Medical sciences > Nursing > Podiatry
ID Code:64176
Deposited On:03 Mar 2021 16:24
Last Modified:04 Mar 2021 13:15

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