Abstract
ASSESS THE FOOT HEALTH STATUS AMONG OLDER ADULTS IN SELECTED AREAS OF COMMUNITY AT MANGALURU

Sneha C. K., Snehaja Alphonsa, Sreedevi Rajan, Sruthi C. C., Steffi Saji, Sruthi K. and Vani R.*

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Background: Foot is an important part of our body it contains 25% of total bones and also comprises of joint and muscles. 8% of the population of India are older adults and need support to maintain their foot health by knowing warning signs of health deterioration for some of the major disease. Objectives of the Study: To determine the level of foot health status among older adults, To find the association between foot health status scores and selected demographic variables. Methods: A non evaluatory quantitative survey approach with descriptive research design was conducted with 80 older adults. Foot pain assessment and foot health assesssment is done through color coded pain scale and rating scale using convenience sampling technique. Pilot study was conducted to find out the feasibility of the study. Data collected from the sample were analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: Overall foot health status of the older adult shows that 48.8% of older adults have adequate foot health status, 28.8% have moderately adequate foot health status and 22.5% have inadequate foot health status. Conclusion: There is a significant association between foot health status score and baseline characteristics such as age, residing and BMI. The overall findings of the study revealed that majority of the older adults have adequate foot health status. Implications for nursing: Nurses play a major role in the health promotion and maintenance. Nurses can help to prevent foot health problems by teaching importance and maintainance of safer foot health practices. Implications for social policy Older adults will be able to realise the importance and maintains a safe foot health status, which will result in better economic and social outcomes for individual and communities.

Keywords: Assess, Foot Health Status, Older Adults, Community Area.


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