The Use of Orthotic Insoles to Prevent Lower Limb Overuse Injuries: A Critically Appraised Topic

J Sport Rehabil. 2018 Nov 1;27(6):591-595. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2016-0142. Epub 2018 Oct 13.


Overuse injuries are common in physically active populations. Lower limb overuse injuries can occur anywhere in the lower-extremity and include injuries such as medial tibial stress syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and anterior knee pain. One reason that overuse injuries have received attention is because they have both short- and long-term consequences on health and burden the lives of physically active people. Over the years, a variety of approaches have been proposed for prevention of lower limb overuse injury that addresses various intrinsic or extrinsic risk factors. One extrinsic risk factor is footwear and the use of orthotic insoles to prevent injury. To date, there is no consensus as to whether these supports prevented lower limb overuse injuries. A critical appraisal of recent studies examining the injury prevention capabilities of orthotic insoles was completed. The long-term objective of this research is to help identify effective strategies for preventing injuries in physically active people.

Keywords: athletic training; chronic; injury management; prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Foot Orthoses*
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity / injuries*