Journal article

Effects of laterally wedged insoles on symptoms and disease progression in medial knee osteoarthritis: a protocol for a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial

Kim Bennell, Kelly-Ann Bowles, Craig Payne, Flavia M Cicuttini, Richard Osborne, Anthony Harris, Rana Hinman

BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS | BMC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Whilst laterally wedged insoles, worn inside the shoes, are advocated as a simple, inexpensive, non-toxic self-administered intervention for knee osteoarthritis (OA), there is currently limited evidence to support their use. The aim of this randomised, double-blind controlled trial is to determine whether laterally wedges insoles lead to greater improvements in knee pain, physical function and health-related quality of life, and slower structural disease progression as well as being more cost-effective, than control flat insoles in people with medial knee OA. METHODS/DESIGN: Two hundred participants with painful radiographic medial knee OA and varus malalignment will be recruited..

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