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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: June | Volume: 5 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 157-164

Cross-Sectional Study of Foot Posture Index, Navicular Drop and Arch Index in Kathak Dancers

Shweta Chandan1, Savita Tamaria2, Davinder Gaur2, Charu Chadha2, Priyanka Sharma2

1Physiotherapist, 2Assistant Professor;
Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Physiotherapy, New Delhi

Corresponding Author: Savita Tamaria


Background: Foot posture has long been considered to contribute to the development of lower limb musculoskeletal conditions as it may alter the mechanical alignment and dynamic function of the lower limb. The foot and ankle provides a base of support that aids in postural stability and flexibility. During stance, the foot must be able to adapt to the ground surface, aid in shock absorption and transition to a rigid level to propel the body forward during push-off. The foot and ankle of a dancer are particularly vulnerable to injury. The need of the study is to see whether there is deviation in the foot posture of Kathak dancers. The foot posture index is a clinical diagnostic tool with which we quantify the static posture of the foot.
Aim: To study the foot posture in kathak dancers.
Methodology: 100 healthy young kathak dancers fulfilling the inclusion criteria were selected from various dancing schools in Delhi. The foot posture was assessed using the foot posture index, navicular drop and arch index.
Result: 3 % of the population had supinated foot, 7% of the population had normal foot, 25% of the population had pronated foot and 65% of the population had excessive pronated foot. 3% of the population had supinated foot, 48% of the population had normal foot and 49% of the population had pronated foot. 5% of the population had cavus foot, 17% of the population had normal foot and 78% of the population had planus foot.
Conclusion: It can be concluded from the present study that there is deviation in the foot posture of kathak dancers.

Key words: kathak dancers, foot posture, foot posture index, navicular drop, arch index.

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