Sunday, December 31, 2017

Over the counter (OTC) shoe inserts: Fail to impress?

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association almost 90 percent of women experience pain from wearing shoes. Many seek the assistance of shoe inserts to alleviate pain.

Several reports to investigate the efficacy of the more commonly used over the counter shoe inserts found them wanting. A brief review appears in Consumer Reports Fight Back Against Foot Pain Orthotics can help, and they don't have to cost a fortune (2017). The range of simple OTC products is extensive and the cost vary too. The available evidence remains inconsistent about whether intervention with OTC or bespoke foot orthoses are always beneficial and Consumer Reports cautions to consumers, not to expect a complete relief of symptoms in all cases.

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