Do foot orthoses and shock absorbing insoles work for the prevention of injury?

Quite a big question really. And what about prefab vs custom, is one better than the other? Read on..

This is pretty much the question of life for many who have spent a lifetime trying to understand if or how orthoses influence lower limb injury.

An important new paper was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine recently:

Effectiveness of foot orthoses and shock-absorbing insoles for the prevention of injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Bonanno DR, Landorf KB, Munteanu SE, et al. Br J Sports Med. Published Online First:2017

If you want to read the abstract, I have included it for you in this article, however, my job is to synthesise the key points so you can go and enjoy a nice cup of tea!

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical