Thursday, November 16, 2017

Are custom made insoles really effective?: The Cochrane Library

According to Cochrane Library researchers approximately one in four people are affected by foot pain at any variety of conditions. Custom-made insoles (foot orthoses) can reduce foot pain in some cases according to one study . However, the absence of independent studies has previously called into question the use of customised foot orthoses as a general panacea.

The systematic review of 10 trials involving over 1300 people included only three relating to shoes and insoles. Researchers found custom-made orthoses can relieve foot pain in adults with arthritis, and symptomatic high arched feet. Despite these findings foot orthoses are not considered a panacea and from the scant evidence (see below) the benefit of foot orthotic treatment remains unclear.

More information

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Cambron JA, Dexheimer JM, Duarte M, Freels S (2017) Shoe Orthotics for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: a Randomized Controlled Tria Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
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Powell M, Seid M, Szer IS (2005) Efficacy of custom foot orthotics in improving pain and functional status in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a randomized trial Journal of rheumatology
Reina M, Lafuente G, Munuera PV (2013) Effect of custom-made foot orthoses in female hallux valgus after one-year follow up Prosthetics and orthotics international
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