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Barefoot or shock absorbing insole for knee osteoarthritis?

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Craig Payne, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator


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    Biomechanical and clinical outcomes with shock-absorbing insoles in patients with knee osteoarthritis: immediate effects and changes after 1 month of wear.
    Turpin KM, De Vincenzo A, Apps AM, Cooney T, MacKenzie MD, Chang R, Hunt MA.
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Mar;93(3):503
    Walking barefoot decreases loading on the lower extremity joints in knee osteoarthritis.
    Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Aug 31;54(9):2923-2927
    Shakoor N, Block JA.
    (the second one was discussed [URL="http://www.podiatry-arena.com/podiatry-forum/showthread.php?t=46569]here[/URL])
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  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    No one took the bait :bang: :bang: :bang: :bang:

    One of the studies is being touted on some barefoot sites as reducing knee osteoarthritis.....

    One of the studies is only a theoretical risk reduction and one of the studies is an actual clinical outcome study. Who you gonna believe?
  3. Yeah, I personally don't get the point of the latter. Strap a seal to the sole of each foot or move to the moon and I suspect the peak loads would reduce even further. Its not practical in everyday life!
  4. dsfeet

    dsfeet Active Member

    Interesting conclusions!
    Having severe O/a knees myself , i personally find soft insoles or walking on soft surfaces like the soft sand make my knees 10x worse than a firm orthotic or the hard sand. this from a pain perpersative. But good orthotics and shoes definetly improve pain , barefoot a killer.
    might read the full articles before further comment.

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