Shoe insoles in the workplace

J. R. Basford, M. A. Smith

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Ninety-six women participated in a crossover study to evaluate the effectiveness of viscoelastic polyurethane insoles in reducing back, leg, and foot pain among adults who spend the majority of each work day standing. Twenty-five of the subjects reported that the insoles made their shoes too tight to be comfortable. The remainder, however, found the insoles very comfortable (P<.002, Wilcoxon, signed-rank test) and reported significant reductions in back pain (P<.02), foot pain (P<.03), and leg pain (P<.007). When these subjects were asked whether they would prefer to wear their shoes alone or with insoles, the preference for insoles was overwhelming (P<.007, back; P<.03, leg; and P<.009, foot pain). It is concluded that viscoelastic insoles can effectively improve comfort and reduce back, leg, and foot pain in individuals who must stand throughout the day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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