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Insoles no help for knee osteoarthritis

August 21, 2013


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October 18, 2013

I’m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I’m very happy I came across this in my hunt for something concerning this.

James Howell
October 9, 2013

I remember getting a pair of insoles by Dr. Scholls from Walmart and trying out their sole evaluation machine after buying a new pair of boots. The recommended insole from the machine made the boots comfortable to step in but since I have thin feet and the boots were a little loose, even though they were my size, walking became a bit of a pain if it was prolonged, specially if I had to raise my foot high when walking out during winter.

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October 8, 2013

Excellent blog you have got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!

September 13, 2013

My friend recommended SmartSole Insoles to me. They’re only $20 on Amazon. I’m so glad that I bought them. They are so worth the money. They’re even better than my $500+ custom orthotics from my podiatrist!

I love them because they prevent me from having foot and leg pain at the end of the day.

I have unusually high arches and my feet slightly turn when I stand, walk or run. Without any inserts or orthotics, if I stand or walk for too long, my heels and arches are so painful and it causes my thigh muscles to ache all night and I can’t sleep. My orthotics lessened this quite a bit but they don’t fit in most shoes because they’re too bulky.

With these, I can walk or stand all day and my feet are in next to no pain at the end of the day. Now, I prefer wearing these instead of my orthotics. I’ve had these for 6 months now and use them nearly every day and they’re still holding up.

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September 5, 2013

I am new to the board and I am looking for some psychological tips. I see here is the many expert.

Dr. Mike Abrams

September 2, 2013

That is an insightful yet disappointing set of results. Insoles are an obvious path of investigation for a lot of people suffering from this, but it sounds like very few will get any meaningful results.

August 23, 2013

I really feel sad when i saw my mom had knee osteoarthritis. This article is very useful to resolve the problem. Thank you so much information.

August 22, 2013

Is MBT one type of those shoes mentioned above? Also, please explain what was meant in : “ones that mimic the natural movement of walking barefoot”. Thank you.

Mark Skoyles
August 21, 2013

Hi, nice article.

“There is evidence that wearing flat heeled flexible shoes….” can you quote any references for this evidence??

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