OSTEOARTHRITIS: Studies explore mechanisms for distal knee OA therapies

By Jordana Bieze Foster Studies presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, added to knee experts’ understanding of the mechanisms underlying distal interventions to reduce pain and joint loading in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA). As patient compliance with traditional offloading knee braces remains largely suboptimal, clinicians who treat patients with medial knee OA are exploring the potential benefits of devices worn distal to the knee joint, which are less prone to migration and may be more discreet. These include a shoe with a series of grooves on the sole at major flexion points to mimic barefoot-like foot movement and an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) that shifts the center of pressure of the ground reaction force laterally

By Jordana Bieze Foster Studies presented in May at the 2017 ISPO World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, added to knee experts’ understanding of the mechanisms underlying distal interventions to reduce pain and joint loading in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA). As patient compliance with traditional offloading knee braces remains largely suboptimal, clinicians who treat patients with medial knee OA are exploring the potential benefits of devices worn distal to the knee joint, which are less prone to migration and may be more discreet. These include a shoe with a series of grooves on the sole at major flexion points to mimic barefoot-like foot movement and an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) that shifts the center of pressure of the ground reaction force laterally

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OSTEOARTHRITIS: Studies explore mechanisms for distal knee OA therapies