Using insoles doesn’t help prevent back pain: Study

November 14th, 2007 - 2:24 am ICT by admin  
And, the review adds, there is inadequate proof about whether or not they help treat existing low-back pain.

Some people have suggested that insoles in shoes might help back pain by absorbing shock, keeping the foot more stable as it touches the ground, thereby helping the person’s walking action to become more stable and fluent.

A team of researchers searched international literature for relevant studies and found six randomised controlled trials that met their inclusion criteria. These involved over 2300 participants.

The researchers came to two main conclusions that there is strong evidence that the use of insoles does not prevent back pain in someone who does not have it already, and, there is limited evidence that using insoles may reduce back pain in people who have pain - but it may also shift the pain from the back to the legs.

“We do need some good studies of the effect of insoles on existing or recurrent back pain, so that we can make recommendations with a greater sense of certainty,” says lead researcher Dr Tali Sahar who works at the Department of Family Practice at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. (ANI)

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