Foot pain: Custom-made insoles offer relief
Custom-made insoles known as foot orthoses can reduce foot pain caused by arthritis, overly prominent big toe joints and highly arched feet, a new systematic review shows. A team of Cochrane Researchers found that custom orthoses were safe interventions for foot pain in a number of different conditions. However, more research is required to develop an in depth understanding of their effectiveness.
Approximately one in four people are affected by foot pain at any given time. It is often disabling and can impair mood, behaviour, self-care ability and overall quality of life. People suffer from foot pain for a variety of reasons, but pain is more common in the elderly and those with chronic conditions such as arthritis. In the majority of cases, patients undergo a combination of different treatments, one of which may be custom-made foot orthoses (insoles moulded to a cast of the foot).
The Cochrane Systematic Review focuses on the results of 11 trials that together involved 1,332 people. Researchers found that custom foot orthoses can relieve pain within three months in adults with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, an early onset form of the disease. Adults with painful highly arched feet or painfully prominent big toe joints also benefited from treatment with orthoses over three and six month periods respectively.
"Custom foot orthoses can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, but there are still many causes of foot pain for which the benefit of this treatment is unclear. There is also a lack of data on the long term effects of treating with orthoses," says Fiona Hawke, the lead researcher, who works at the Central Coast campus of the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Latest Science NewsletterGet the latest and most popular science news articles of the week in your Inbox! It's free!
Learn more about
Check out our next project, Biology.Net
From other science news sites
Popular science news articles
- New study indicates Earth's inner core was formed 1-1.5 billion years ago
- NIST, UC Davis scientists float new approach to creating computer memory
- NOAA declares third ever global coral bleaching event
- Room temperature magnetic skyrmions, a new type of digital memory?
- Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing
- Signs of ancient megatsunami could portend modern hazard
- To breathe or to eat: Blue whales forage efficiently to maintain massive body size
- New dietary guidelines must be sustainable, regardless of politics
- New polymer creates safer fuels
- UD researcher: Players object to extreme physique of video game characters
- A snapshot of Americans' knowledge about science
- Parsing photons in the infrared, UCI-led astronomers uncover signs of earliest galaxies
- Researchers identify 3 new fossil whale species of New Zealand
- Burning remaining fossil fuel could cause 60-meter sea level rise
- Financial distress can hinder success of academically prepared minority students