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Stable, supportive shoe improved knee pain more than flat, flexible shoes


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Journal
Annals of Internal Medicine
Reuters Health - 11/01/2021 - People with knee osteoarthritis who wear stable, supportive shoes for six hours a day may experience less pain than their counterparts who wear flat, flexible shoes, a randomized trial suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 164 patients with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis to wear either stable, supportive shoes or flat, flexible shoes for at least six hours a day for six months. For the primary endpoint of difference in walking pain and physical function, the study found no significant difference between the groups. Stable, supportive shoes did, however, appear superior to flat, flexible shoes for secondary endpoints including pain, ipsilateral hip pain, and knee-related quality of life, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "The findings were somewhat surprising," said senior study author Rana Hinman of the University of Melbourne in Australia. "Our previous biomechanical research showed that kne...


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