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Foot orthoses in lower limb overuse conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis--critical appraisal and commentary

PainSci » bibliography » Richter et al 2011
Tags: treatment, overuse injury, running, orthotics, foot, knee, hip, bad news, injury, pain problems, exercise, self-treatment, leg, limbs, biomechanics, etiology, pro, devices

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A review of studies of foot orthoses to treat overuse injuries of the lower limb with a mostly negative conclusion: “no difference between custom and prefabricated foot orthoses” and “the evidence was insufficient to recommend foot orthoses (custom or prefabricated).” (One thin ray of light was that the evidence supposedly supports the use of foot orthoses to prevent a first injury … but, even if true, hardly anyone seeks out orthoses before they develop an overuse injury. And why would they be good only for a first injury? Makes no sense, therefore likely not true.)

~ Paul Ingraham

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CONCLUSIONS: The evidence supports the use of foot orthoses to prevent a first occurrence of lower limb overuse conditions and shows no difference between custom and prefabricated foot orthoses. The evidence was insufficient to recommend foot orthoses (custom or prefabricated) for the treatment of lower limb overuse conditions.

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