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Prevalence of Foot and Ankle Pain among Housekeeping Staffs–A Cross Sectional Study
Background: Any kind of pain or uneasiness in the ankle or foot is referred as ankle and foot pain. The housekeeping workers habitually suffer from various musculoskeletal disorders due to many of the tasks which are repetitive in nature. Foot and ankle pain is the most significant problem faced in daily work in wide range of population among hospital cleaning staff. Thus the aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of foot and ankle pain among housekeeping staffs. Objectives: To assess the prevalence of foot and ankle pain among housekeeping staffs. Study Design: A cross-sectional study. Method: Ninety six (n=96) participants who had an experience in housekeeping department for at least 6 months were included in the study. The participants were selected through convenience sampling technique. Each participants BMI was calculated. Standardized Foot and Ankle Outcome Questionnaire developed by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons was used to collect the data purely on voluntarily basis. Result: Out of the (n=96) participants, 89 were females (92.7%) and 7 were males (7.3%). Majority of the housekeeping staffs had difficulty to walk on uneven surface with the prevalence of 64.5 %. This study concluded that the prevalence of foot and ankle pain that interfered with their normal life was 23.9%.Conclusion: A relationship was evidenced with mild symptoms of foot and ankle pain and reduced health related quality of life associated with uneven surfaces in the working environment.
Foot and Ankle Pain, BMI, Standardized Foot And Ankle Outcome Scale, Housekeeping Staff.
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