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.