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Foot orthoses reduce sports injury but shock absorbing insoles do not, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 13 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6666
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Foot orthoses that closely fit the contour of the sole protect against injuries or stress fractures from physical activity, but shock absorbing insoles do not reduce exercise related musculoskeletal problems, a review of randomised trials has found.1

Injuries are common in people who exercise regularly, particularly in endurance sports involving repetitive movements, such as long distance running. The most common injuries include medial tibial stress syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, and patellofemoral pain.

To prevent these injuries people often …

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