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Flip-flop footwear with a moulded foot-bed for the treatment of foot pain: a randomised controlled trial

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, November 2016
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Title
Flip-flop footwear with a moulded foot-bed for the treatment of foot pain: a randomised controlled trial
Published in
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, November 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12891-016-1327-x
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Authors

Vivienne Helaine Chuter, Angela Searle, Martin J. Spink

Abstract

Foot pain is a common problem affecting up to 1 in 5 adults and is known to adversely affect activities of daily living and health related quality of life. Orthopaedic footwear interventions are used as a conservative treatment for foot pain, although adherence is known to be low, in part due to the perception of poor comfort and unattractiveness of the footwear. The objective of this trial was to assess the efficacy of flip-flop style footwear (Foot Bio-Tec©) with a moulded foot-bed in reducing foot pain compared to participant's usual footwear. Two-arm parallel randomised controlled trial using computer generated random allocation schedule at an Australian university podiatry clinic. 108 volunteers with disabling foot pain were enrolled after responding to an advertisement and eligibility screening. Participants were randomly allocated to receive footwear education and moulded flip-flop footwear to wear as much as they were comfortable with for the next 12 weeks (n = 54) or footwear education and instructions to wear their normal footwear for the next 12 weeks (n = 54). Primary outcome was the pain domain of the Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ). Secondary outcomes were the foot function and general foot health domains of the FHSQ, a visual analogue scale (VAS) for foot pain and perceived comfort of the intervention footwear. Compared to the control group, the moulded flip-flop group showed a significant improvement in the primary outcome measure of the FHSQ pain domain (adjusted mean difference 8.36 points, 95 % CI 5.58 to 13.27, p < 0.01). Statistical and clinically significant differences were observed for the secondary measure of foot pain assessed by a VAS and the FSHQ domains of foot function and general foot health. None of the participants reported any pain or discomfort from the intervention footwear and six (footwear group = 4) were lost to follow up. Our results demonstrate that flip-flop footwear with a moulded foot-bed can have a significant effect on foot pain, function and foot health and might be a valuable adjunct therapy for people with foot pain. ACTRN12614000933651 . Retrospectively registered: 01/09/2014.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 94 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 20 21%
Student > Bachelor 14 15%
Researcher 8 9%
Other 4 4%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 3%
Other 7 7%
Unknown 38 40%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 14 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 13 14%
Psychology 5 5%
Design 4 4%
Sports and Recreations 3 3%
Other 11 12%
Unknown 44 47%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 25. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 July 2022.
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#1,331,694
of 23,316,003 outputs
Outputs from BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
#253
of 4,132 outputs
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#25,797
of 312,081 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
#4
of 56 outputs
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