The primary aim of this research study was to compare the effects of two types of readily available off-the shelf walking shoes on knee osteoarthritis symptoms in people with osteoarthritis in the outer (lateral) compartment of the knee joint. There is little evidence from clinical trials to determine which shoes are best for self-managing knee osteoarthritis in the outer compartment of the knee joint. Participants in each group were be provided with a pair of study shoes to wear daily for 6 months.
Status of project: completed
FOLK was designed and developed by researchers (Prof Rana Hinman, Prof Kim Bennell, Dr Kade Paterson, Mr Tim Wrigley, Ms Penny Campbell, Mr Ben Metcalf) at the University of Melbourne. This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
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