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Footwear and risk of knee OA: The search for meaning in moments

from Lower Extremity Review

Although footwear may in fact play a role in the development of knee osteoarthritis and its clinical management, those relation­ships are turning out to be much more complicated than once thought. It all started with a shot across the starboard bow of high-heeled shoes. In the late 1990s, researchers began to investigate the relationship between certain types of footwear and the development and progression of knee osteoarthritis. The concern was that certain shoe types — particularly those with high heels or stiff soles — could affect how loading forces passed through the knee, increasing risk for the disease. more


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