How effective are custom-made orthoses for different types of foot pain?
Comparisons to custom-made insoles included sham orthoses, no interventions, standardised interventions given to all participants, non-customised (prefabricated) foot orthoses, combined manipulation, mobilisation or stretching, night splints and surgery. Follow-up ranged from one week to 3 years. The vast majority of analyses contained data from only one trial.
Foot pain has been reported to have a prevalence of 24 per cent for women and 20 per cent for men aged 18 to 80 years.¹ Foot pain may be experienced following an injury, long term overuse, infection or systemic disease involving any tissue of the foot, including bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, skin and nails. Foot orthoses are commonly recommended for the treatment of foot pain. 1. Garrow AP et al. Pain 2004;110: 378–384.