Assessment of Foot Deviations and Associated Foot Injuries and its Effect on Foot Functional Activity among Amateur Adolescent Female Kathak Dancers in Selected Dance Schools in Bengaluru

Authors

  • Pavana
  • Shradha Vadiraj Chanageri
  • Pruthviraj. R

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v17i3.19550

Keywords:

Kathak Dancers, Foot Posture, Foot Function Index, Adolescent Females, BMI.

Abstract

Background & purpose: Kathak is a north Indian classical dance form that requires fast rhythmically sophisticated
footwork and fast turns, which puts the dancers at risk of foot injuries. Any foot deviations or reduced foot function
are associated with an increased risk of a foot injury. This study aims to assess foot deviations and related foot
injuries and their effect on functional activity and create awareness among kathak dancers about foot position and
its risk factor for injury. Methods: This study included 100 recruited subjects based on the inclusion and exclusion
criteria. Demographic data and other variables were collected and recorded, and measures like foot posture and
function indexes were used.
Results: The foot posture index mean and SD of the left feet for the subjects recruited in the present study were
1.83 and 1.43 and of the right feet were 1.89 and 1.54 respectively. The overall foot functional index score mean and
SD, for the subjects recruited in the present study were 9.76 and 10.39.
Conclusion: The present study concluded by stating that the foot posture index was normal and didn’t have
restrictions on foot usage while performing the kathak dance form. Whereas with the foot function index, it was
observed that the pain experienced by subjects was severe which restricted their activity pattern and hindered
their dance performance.

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Author Biographies

  • Pavana

    Associate Professor, RV College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India,

  • Shradha Vadiraj Chanageri

    III B.P.T Student,RV College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India,

  • Pruthviraj. R

    Professor, Principal, R V College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru.

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Published

2023-07-21

How to Cite

Assessment of Foot Deviations and Associated Foot Injuries and its Effect on Foot Functional Activity among Amateur Adolescent Female Kathak Dancers in Selected Dance Schools in Bengaluru. (2023). Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy - An International Journal, 17(3), 54-59. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v17i3.19550