Author(s): Muzna Munir
Background: Foot and ankle function is crucial to successful performance of any sports. Athletes’ own perception about function of foot and ankle is more important than clinical screening. This may lead to further clinical interference of any level. Athletes continue to play without addressing any deficit of foot and ankle which usually further leads to more severe injuries. An estimation about perception of athletes about their foot issues may help improve sports by reducing intensity and cost of disability.
Objective: The objective of the study was to determine the perception of athletes regarding disability and function in chronic ankle instability.
Methods: It was a cross sectional study which as conducted among 30 athletes using sample of convenience. Both male and female athletes with age ranging between 18 to 30 years were included. The data was collected using the questionnaire which was given to each participant after taking signed consent. Demographics, Foot and ankle disability index FADI and Self-reported foot and ankle questionnaire (SEFAS). The participants were helped in calculating their body mass index. In case participants were also helped in interpretation any question in questionnaire. The data was analyzed using SPSS 25.0.
Results: The results regarding descriptive statistics of FADI Function Score, FADI pain score, FADI total score and Total SEFAS showed that there was mean and standard deviation of 70.56±9.27, 13.46±1.79, 80.76±10.37 and 36.56±6.06 respectively. The results regarding descriptive statistics of FADI Total Score and Total SEFAS showed that there was mean and standard deviation of 80.76±10.37 and 36.56±6.06 respectively. Both scales were highly correlated (Pearson correlation 0.816).
Conclusion: The finding of study concluded that there was very mild disability of foot and ankle according to self-assessment and perception of young athletes.