British Journal of Sports Medicine - Findings on Plantar Heel Pain


Plantar heel pain typically affects highly physically active people, such as running athletes,


A randomised clinical trial of 185 patients that compared custom-made insoles with sham insoles, as well as general practice (GP)-led usual care. ports Medicine.


A randomised clinical trial of 185 patients that compared custom-made insoles with sham insoles, as well as general practice (GP)-led usual care.


The hypothesis was that custom-made insoles would be better than sham insoles and GP-led usual care at 12 weeks follow-up in terms of pain at rest and during activity.


What the research actually showed was of the 176 patients that completed the 12-week follow-up there was no difference in pain or function between the insole and the sham groups at 12 weeks.


Participants in the GP-led usual care group reported less pain during an activity at 12 weeks, compared with participants in the custom insole group.


Conclusions - Referral to a podiatrist for a custom-made insole does not lead to a better outcome compared to sham insoles or compared to GP-led usual care.

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