The Lower Extremity Functional Scale

Name:  Date:

We are interested in knowing whether you are having any difficulty at all with the activities listed below because of your lower limb problem for which you are currently seeking attention. Please provide an answer for each activity.

Today, do you or would you have any difficulty at all with:

  Activities Extreme difficulty/unable to perform Quite a bit of difficulty Moderate difficulty A little bit of difficulty No difficulty
1 Any of your usual work, housework, or school activities.
2 Your usual hobbies, recreational or sporting activities.
3 Getting into or out of the bath.
4 Walking between rooms.
5 Putting on your shoes or socks.
6 Squatting.
7 Lifting an object, like a bag of groceries from the floor.
8 Performing light activities around your home.
9 Performing heavy activities around your home.
10 Getting into or out of a car.
11 Walking 2 blocks.
12 Walking a mile.
13 Going up or down 10 stairs (about 1 flight).
14 Standing for 1 hour.
15 Sitting for 1 hour.
16 Running on even ground.
17 Running on uneven ground.
18 Making sharp turns while running fast.
19 Hopping.
20 Rolling over in bed.


Minimum level of detectable change (90% confidence): 9 points.

  Score:     /80               % Disability 


Source: Binkley et al (1999): The Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS): Scale development, measurement properties, and clinical application. Physical Therapy. 79:371-383.