Journal article

Unloading shoes for osteoarthritis of the knee: protocol for the SHARK randomised controlled trial

Rana S Hinman, Tim V Wrigley, Ben R Metcalf, David J Hunter, Penny Campbell, Kade Paterson, Margaret P Staples, Kim L Bennell

BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common and disabling condition. Abnormalities in knee loading play an important role in disease pathogenesis, yet there are few non-surgical treatments for knee OA capable of reducing knee load. This two-arm randomised controlled trial is investigating the efficacy of specially-designed unloading shoes for the treatment of symptoms in people with knee OA. METHODS/DESIGN: 164 people with symptomatic medial tibiofemoral joint OA will be recruited from the community and randomly allocated to receive either unloading shoes or control shoes. Unloading shoes have a specially-designed triple-density midsole where the medial side is softer than normal and th..

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