Can foot orthotics relieve knee pain?

Foot orthoses provide knee pain relief in study

Prefabricated foot orthoses are superior to flat inserts in the short-term

Prefabricated foot orthoses are superior to flat inserts in the short-term improvement of patellofemoral pain, according to a randomized clinical trial conducted at the University of Queensland’s School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences in Brisbane, Australia. The study was published in the British Medical Journal.

The four study test groups included those using Vasyli Medical foot orthoses, those wearing the flat inserts (placebo), those undergoing multimodal physiotherapy, and those using a combination of physiotherapy and foot orthoses. Participating in the study were 179 subjects, aged 18 to 40, who had clinical diagnoses of patellofemoral pain.

Subjects were evaluated over a 52-week period and all groups showed long-term improvement in patellofemoral pain management with no significant differences. At six weeks, the group using the Vasyli Medical foot orthoses experienced superior levels of knee pain relief when compared with the placebo group using flat inserts.

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Soccer headgear minimizes concussions

Soccer players who wear protective headgear suffer nearly half as many concussions as those who play without helmets, according to a study conducted by researchers at Canada’s McGill University.

Researchers followed 250 adolescent (ages 12 to 17) soccer players during the 2006 season. They found that 53 percent of those who did not wear protective headgear suffered concussions compared to 27 percent of those who wore safety gear.

The study, published in the July 2007 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, also found that:

  • Nearly half of the players (47.8%) experienced symptoms of a concussion during the 2006 season.
  • Approximately 4 out of 5 athletes did not realize that they had suffered a concussion
  • Multiple concussions were less frequent among the injured athletes (50.0%) who wore protective headgear than those who did not (69.3%).
  • Nearly one-quarter (23.9%) of players suffering concussions experienced symptoms for at least one day or longer.
  • Female soccer players were at increased risk of suffering concussions.
  • Female soccer players not wearing protective headgear were also at increased risk of suffering other kinds of head injuries, such as abrasions, lacerations or contusions on areas of the head that otherwise would have been covered by the headgear.
In addition to wearing protective headgear during soccer, there are other measures soccer players can take to prevent soccer injuries. Browse our soccer pages to see the best braces for soccer players.

The Sports Bracing and Therapy Experts re-launch website www.betterbraces.com

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The Sports Bracing and Therapy Experts re-launch website www.betterbraces.com

New website offers additional features to enhance customer experience for knee and ankle braces for orthopedic and sport uses.

San Diego, California – October 28, 2009 – BetterBraces.com, the sports bracing and orthopedic therapy experts, is pleased to announce the re-launch of the website www.betterbraces.com. The new site continues BetterBraces.com commitment to provide customers with top quality braces and now offers added features that allow customers to tailor their shopping experience.

Rather than just choosing from an assortment of orthopedic and sport knee braces or ankle braces, customers also now have the opportunity to tailor their search based on the sport they participate in or by the injury that plagues them. According to Jason Zinn, president of www.BetterBraces.com, this functionality allows customers to draw upon the expert knowledge of the BetterBraces team and get the brace that is most suited for their particular needs.

“A football offensive linemen needs a very different knee brace than a patient suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee,” stated Zinn. “Our team of Brace Coaches has carefully reviewed every product and has determined what sport or injury that brace would work best for.”

The new www.betterbraces.com also offers an Injury Info Center as resource for customers. The Injury Info Center includes detailed information on common sports injuries, rehabilitation and therapy exercises for orthopedic injuries, as well as tips for injury prevention.

BetterBraces.com is the official source for sports and orthopedic braces, supports, and therapy products from the industry’s leading brands – DonJoy, Aircast, Compex, ProCare, and Chattanooga.

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