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Table 5 Personal hygiene behaviour of lymphoedema patients in the study area, N = 280

From: Foot care practice and associated factors among patients with lymphoedema in Boreda district, Gamo zone, southern Ethiopia, 2020. Implications for elimination of podoconiosis and lymphatic filariasis

Variables Category Frequency Percentage (%)
Situations in which patients walk barefooted Never barefooted 167 59.6
No habit of shoe wearing 7 2.5
Barefooted when farming 33 11.8
Barefooted when at home 73 26.1
Age at which shoes worn 20 year or below 196 70
Above 20 year 84 30
Number of pairs of shoes owned Only one pair 55 19.6
Two pair 186 66.4
Three or more pair 39 14
Number of pairs of shoes needed per year 4 or less pairs 177 63.2
Above 4 pairs 103 36.8
Conditions where patients take care their legs Wash legs with water and soap 137 49
Wash legs with water only 56 20
No habit of washing legs 0 0
Washed legs last night 246 87.9
Washed lags daily last week 215 76.8