Custom-Made Foot Orthotics No Benefit for Plantar Heel Pain

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Custom-Made Foot Orthotics No Benefit for Plantar Heel Pain
Custom-Made Foot Orthotics No Benefit for Plantar Heel Pain

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Custom-made foot orthotics appear to be no better than over-the-counter insoles or other conservative treatments for heel pain, according to a review published online March 19 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Nadine Rasenberg, from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to identify randomized controlled trials comparing foot orthotics to a control (defined as no intervention, sham, or another type of conservative treatment).

The researchers identified 20 studies investigating eight different types of foot orthotics. Pooled data from six studies showed no difference between prefabricated orthotics and sham orthotics for short-term pain. Similarly, there was no difference between sham orthotics and custom orthotics for short-term pain. Finally, there was no difference between prefabricated orthotics and custom orthotics for short-term pain.

"We conclude that clinicians should be reserved in prescribing foot orthoses in all patients with plantar heel pain and take factors like patient preference and adherence into account," the authors write.

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