Use of footwear and foot condition among rural Ethiopian school children

Watanabe, Emi, McBride, Colleen M, Tora, Abebayehu, Ayode, Desta A, Farrell, David and Davey, Gail (2014) Use of footwear and foot condition among rural Ethiopian school children. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, 4 (4). pp. 323-325. ISSN 2210-6006

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate whether shoe-wearing affords foot protection among school children living in southern Ethiopia.

METHODS

Data collectors conducted a standardized foot assessment with children in an elementary school in southern Ethiopia (N=168).

RESULTS

54% reported wearing shoes consistently in the prior three days. Children wearing closed-toed shoes showed less adherent soil and toe nail dystrophy than those wearing open-toed sandals. There were no differences by shoe type with regard to signs of foot trauma or heel fissures.

CONCLUSIONS

Shoe wearing provided limited foot protection. Interventions are needed to build behavioral skills, including foot washing and wearing appropriate shoes that maximize foot protection.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Footwear; Prevention; Children; Assessment
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0440 Study and teaching. Research
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0773 Personal health and hygiene Including clothing, bathing, exercise, travel, nutrition, sleep, sex hygiene
Depositing User: Gharib Murbe
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 13:16
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 14:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53006

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