Shock absorbing insoles help arthritic knees

June 5, 2008 2:37:04 PM PDT
People with arthritis of the knee seem to find walking a relatively long distance less painful if they put shock absorbing insoles in their shoes, according to a study reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Scientists studied the effect on knee pain of putting relatively cheap off-the-shelf shock absorbing insoles inside the shoes of 60 seniors with painful knee arthritis. The study participants reported significantly less knee pain.

Researchers say they're not sure why it works, but if it does and it means someone can be more active, then it's worth using them.