Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)
Prevalence of flat foot deformity among the students of elite and slum schools of union territory of Chandigarh
Author(s): Anurag Choudhary, Dr. GS Brar, Dr. Parminder Singh
Abstract: Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the prevalence of flat foot deformity among the male students of elite and slum schools of the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Material & Methods: A total of 600 hundred (N-600) schools students of Union Territory of Chandigarh consisted of three hundred (n-300) elite male students and three hundred (n-300) slum male students were selected for the study using non probability sampling technique namely purposive sampling. The age of the subjects ranged between 9 to 13 years. Pedograph was used to take print of the foot of the students and Clark’s method of foot print angle was used to measure the angle of the subject’s foot prints. Severity of foot deformity was ascertained through the procedure suggested by Forriol & Pascual. Results: The result of the study showed that 12.5% school students of the Union Territory of Chandigarh suffered with the Flat Foot deformity. Severe flat foot deformity was reported 18.3% in the elite and 6.7% in slum schools students. The study revealed that the medial longitudinal arch of foot (t= 7.86, p <.000) of the slums were significantly higher to the elite schools students.