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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2019, Volume : 10, Issue : 4
First page : ( 36) Last page : ( 40)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-5506.2019.00660.0

Effect of Barefoot Functional Rehabilitation in Flat Foot among Obese Women

Patel Hemali1,*, Anandh S2

1Physiotherapist, Faculty of Physiotherapy, KIMS ‘Deemed to be’ University, Karad, Maharashtra, India

2Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Krishna College of Physiotherapy, KIMS ‘deemed to be’ University, Karad, Maharashtra, India

*Correspondance: Hemali Patel, Physiotherapist, Faculty of Physiotherapy, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed to be university, Karad, 415110, Maharashtra, India. Ph no: 8850019978, Email id: patelhemz95@gmail.com

Online published on 6 April, 2019.



Flat foot is among the commonest problems observed now a days. There have been researches that prove weight to be an associated factor to flat foot. This study is carried out to find out effects of barefoot functional rehabilitation among obese women.


To study the effect of Barefoot functional rehabilitation in flat foot among obese women.

To study the effect of conventional exercise alone in flat foot among obese women.

To compare the effect of barefoot functional rehabilitation along with conventional exercises V/S conventional exercises alone in flat foot among obese women


40 subjects were selected according to selection criteria. They were divided into 2 groups; barefoot functional rehabilitation group and other conventional group. Outcome measures were navicular drop test and foot function index.


Results revealed that barefoot functional rehabilitation along with intrinsic muscle strengthening was more effective than intrinsic muscle strengthening alone in improving navicular drop score and foot function index in subjects with flat foot


Barefoot functional rehabilitation exercises help in adapting the foot to different surfaces. These exercises help in strengthening certain smaller muscles of foot located at the bottom which helps in decreasing the navicular drop and foot function scores. Thus reduction in both the scores decreases the flat foot structure.



Obesity, foot abnormality, foot function index, navicular drop test.


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