Stiff shoe inserts a boon in osteoarthritis of the toe: study

Pain reduction seen with carbon-fibre insole

Patients with osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint may benefit from using a stiff insert in their shoe, Australian research suggests.

woman with sore feet and walking stick

One hundred patients with the condition were randomised to receive either a stiff carbon-fibre insert under the entire length of their foot or a sham insert that was stiff at the heel but soft elsewhere, according to the study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting 2018 in Chicago, US.

“The stiff inserts limit movement of the joint to only 5 or 10 degrees,”