Journal article

The Effect of Flat Flexible Versus Stable Supportive Shoes on Knee Osteoarthritis Symptoms A Randomized Trial

Kade L Paterson, Kim L Bennell, Penny K Campbell, Ben R Metcalf, Tim Wrigley, Jessica Kasza, Rana S Hinman

ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE | AMER COLL PHYSICIANS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Experts recommend that persons with knee osteoarthritis wear stable supportive shoes; however, evidence suggests that flat flexible shoes may be more beneficial. OBJECTIVE: To compare flat flexible with stable supportive shoes for knee osteoarthritis symptoms. DESIGN: Participant- and assessor-blinded randomized trial. (Prospectively registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry [ACTRN12617001098325]). SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: 164 patients with moderate to severe symptomatic radiographic medial knee osteoarthritis. INTERVENTION: Flat flexible (n = 82) or stable supportive shoes (n = 82), worn for at least 6 hours a day for 6 months. MEASUREMENTS: Pr..

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