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Lateral Wedge Insoles May Provide No Arthritis Benefit

Reuters reports that “specially angled insoles may not do much to relieve pain for people with knee osteoarthritis,” according to a new review of previous studies. In reviewing 12 trials, researchers found that “people who used so-called lateral wedge insoles rated their pain about two points lower on a 20-point scale than those who used flat insoles or none at all.” When researchers only looked at the high quality trials “any significant benefit went away.” The review covered 855 people in total. Researchers said the findings “do not support the use of lateral wedges,” but some experts maintain that lateral wedges can “make a big difference” in some patients.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in JAMA.