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Te Rōpū Haumanu Waewae O Aotearoa


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International survey to explore insole prescription habits amongst podiatrists

Podiatrists are being invited to participate in an international survey of insole prescription habits. The survey will directly inform clinical studies in a range of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis. All participants are also being offered the chance to win an iPad mini.

Lead researcher Dr Backhouse explained “A common criticism of research involving foot orthoses, is that researchers choose to test insoles based on their own preference rather than for the design characteristics of the insole, or to test what is currently used in clinical practice.” If researchers get this wrong, it may limit the generalisability of the study and cause some clinicians to question how relevant it is to their practice. Currently, surprisingly little is known about which types of insoles are most widely used for specific conditions and this is the first multinational study of insole prescription habits for over fifteen years.

“This research will directly inform future studies exploring the biomechanical and clinical effects of foot orthoses in a range of conditions. It’s really important we get as representative a response as possible so I’d urge as many podiatrists to complete the survey as possible” said Dr Backhouse.

Complete the survey, and for your chance to win an iPad.


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