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“Unloading shoes” are no better than walking shoes for knee osteoarthritis, trial finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 13 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3870
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

New walking shoes seem to be as effective as specially designed “unloading” shoes for patients with knee osteoarthritis, a randomised controlled trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found.1

Unloading shoes have modified, stiffer soles designed to reposition the foot and reduce the load on the knee. Clinical guidelines for knee osteoarthritis recommend appropriate footwear alongside exercise and weight loss. However, little evidence exists from clinical trials to …

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