Author(s): Cummings SR, Ling X, Stone K
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study examined the prevalence and consequences of foot binding in older Chinese women. METHODS: Women older than 70 years in Beijing, China, were assessed for bound feet, falls, functional status, and bone density. RESULTS: Thirty-eight percent of women aged 80 years and older and 18\% of women aged 70 through 79 years had bound-foot deformities. Women with bound feet were more likely to fall, less able to squat, and less able to stand up from a chair without assistance than women with normal feet. They also had 14.3\% less functional reach (a test of balance) and 5.1\% lower hip bone density. CONCLUSIONS: Foot binding has caused substantial disability that is still evident in many elderly Chinese women.
This article was published in Am J Public Health
and referenced in Journal of Biomimetics Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering