Dan Bonanno discusses his recent BJSM systematic review evaluating evidence for the usefulness of foot orthoses and shock absorbing insoles to prevent injuries.
Knee cap pain is the most common form of knee pain. Pain can be hard to pin point but may be around, behind, or under the knee cap. It affects both males and females of all activity levels and ages. It can cause problems that limit your ability to complete simple daily activities such as walking, running,…read more
1. Review of research: Stride frequency changes do not influence running economy in minimalist footwear or conventional running shoes. (Warne et al., 2016) Why we like it: club level runners (experienced runners running 52 ± 11km/week) were used as the test subjects and given 6 weeks to become accustomed to the minimalist footwear before testing was…read more
An early morning Jetstar flight to Launceston to hear Tasmanian PhD candidate and podiatrist Narelle Wyndow at the Tasmanian State Podiatry Symposium was well worth it. “The patellofemoral joint (knee cap) is the most common form of knee osteoarthritis” says Wyndow. 69% of people with knee pain over the age of 40 will have knee cap…read more
Foot orthoses are a common intervention used for individuals with plantar heel pain. Two broad categories of foot orthoses are customised and prefabricated. Customised foot orthoses, as the name suggests, are customised to the patient’s feet by taking an impression, cast or laser scan. The orthoses are then fabricated based on a prescription supplied by…read more
1. Review of research: The effectiveness of proprioceptive training in preventing ankle sprains in sporting populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. (Schiftan et al., 2016) Why we like it: someone else has done the literature search for us! Even better, they were able to conduct a meta-analysis to combine all the included article’s results (a large…read more
1. Review of research: The effect of orthotic devices on knee adduction moment, pain and function in medial compartment knee osteoarthritis: a literature review. (Rood sari et al., 2016) Why we like it: numerous articles included (31). Confirmation that orthoses work just as well as knee braces to offload the medial compartment of the knee, however, due to…read more
There are a number of conditions that cause pain on the bottom of your heel. The most common cause is plantar fasciitis, which affects approximately 1 in 10 people. The plantar fascia is a ligament-like structure that runs from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot, and helps to support the…read more