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Clinical Trial
. 1993 Feb;73(2):62-8; discussion 68-70.
doi: 10.1093/ptj/73.2.62.

Evaluation of Soft Foot Orthotics in the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Clinical Trial

Evaluation of Soft Foot Orthotics in the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

J J Eng et al. Phys Ther. .

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  • Phys Ther 1993 May;73(5):330


Background and purpose: The effectiveness of soft foot orthotics in the treatment of patients who have patellofemoral pain syndrome was investigated.

Subjects: Subjects were 20 adolescent female patients, aged 13 to 17 years (mean = 14.8, SD = 1.2), who were diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome and who exhibited excessive forefoot varus or calcaneal valgus.

Methods: Subjects were randomly assigned to one of two groups: a control group (n = 10), which took part in an exercise program, or a treatment group (n = 10), which used soft foot orthotics in addition to participating in the exercise program. The exercise program consisted of quadriceps femoris and hamstring muscle strengthening and stretching exercises. A visual analogue scale was used to assess the level of pain of the subjects over an 8-week period.

Results: Both the treatment and control groups demonstrated a significant decrease in the level of pain, but the improvement of the treatment group was significantly greater than that of the control group.

Conclusion and discussion: The results suggest that in addition to an exercise program, the use of soft foot orthotics is an effective means of treatment for the patient with patellofemoral pain syndrome.

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