Beating osteoarthritis knee pain: Beyond special shoes

We have plenty of fairy tales about shoes that work magic in people’s lives: glass slippers that brought love to Cinderella, and sparkly red heels that gave Dorothy powers in MGM’s version of The Wizard of Oz. In real life, footwear magic is limited to “unloading” shoes that may help relieve knee pain from osteoarthritis. These unloading shoes have stiffer soles, and slightly tilted insoles that reposition the foot, intended to reduce (or unload) strain on the knee. But a study published online July 12, 2016, in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that unloading shoes are no better than a good pair of walking shoes at making pain disappear. About the study Researchers randomly assigned 164 people with knee arthritis (age 50 or older) to wear either new unloading shoes or new conventional walking shoes every day for six months. By the end of the study, it appeared that both types of shoes were equally effective at reducing pain and improving physical function, with pain reduced an average of about 25%, and function improved by about 22%. It didn’t prove that both shoes are equally effective, but an editorial accompanying the study says the findings highlight “the promise of simple biomechanical interventions” to address knee pain. Both shoes used in the study cost $180. But custom-made unloading shoes, and even custom-made insoles that can be inserted into a shoe, can cost many hundreds of dollars. What to look for in a walking shoe I...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Exercise and Fitness Health Osteoarthritis Pain Management Source Type: news

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Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Osteoarthritis Science Medical research Health Source Type: news
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Source: Pain Physician - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) Source Type: research
Abstract INTRODUCTION: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a potentially efficacious treatment for ankle osteoarthritis (OA), but its use has not been examined in high-quality studies. Systematic reviews show that PRP injections significantly decrease pain and improve function in patients with knee OA. Ankle OA is more common than hip or knee OA in the young active population; with a prevalence of 3.4%.PRP injections in ankle OA are shown to be safe and improve quality of life over time, but no randomised controlled trial has been conducted. Our randomised controlled trial will evaluate the efficacy of PRP injections fo...
Source: Pain Physician - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: BMJ Open Source Type: research
This study confirmed that the benefit of a joint unloading device in the management of young patients with medial knee OA is maintained over 2 years. This trial was registered with ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT02711254). PMID: 31579106 [PubMed]
Source: Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord Source Type: research
Conditions:   Osteoarthritis;   Arthritis, Rheumatoid;   Arthritis, Psoriatic Interventions:   Drug: Naltrexone;   Drug: Placebo Sponsors:   Brigham and Women's Hospital;   VA Boston Healthcare System Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
In 1975, researchers from Yale investigated an epidemic of 51 patients with arthritis who lived near the woodsy town of Lyme, Connecticut. The most common symptom was recurrent attacks of knee swelling. A few had pain in other joints, such as the wrist or ankle. Many had fever, fatigue, and headache. Some remembered a round skin rash before the onset of knee swelling. We now know that Lyme disease is an infection acquired from tick bites, caused by a spiral bacterium named Borrelia burgdorferi. After a tick bite, Borrelia bacteria wriggle through the skin away from the bite site. This leads to a circular red rash, known as...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Arthritis Bones and joints Infectious diseases Source Type: blogs
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Source: World Journal of Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: World J Orthop Source Type: research
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Source: JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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