Effects of foot orthoses on patellofemoral load in recreational runners

Sinclair, Jonathan Kenneth orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2231-3732, Vincent, Hayley, Selfe, James, Atkins, Stephen, Taylor, Paul John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9999-8397 and Richards, Jim orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4004-3115 (2015) Effects of foot orthoses on patellofemoral load in recreational runners. Foot and ankle online journal, 8 (2). p. 5. ISSN 1941-6806

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3827/faoj.2015.0802.0005


The most common chronic injury in recreational runners is patellofemoral pain. Whilst there is evidence to suggest that orthotic intervention may reduce symptoms in runners who experience patellofemoral pain the mechanism by which their clinical effects are mediated is currently poorly understood. The aim of the current investigation was to determine whether foot orthoses reduce the loads experienced by the patellofemoral joint during running. Patellofemoral loads were obtained from fifteen male runners who ran at 4.0 m·s-1. Patellofemoral loads with and without orthotics were contrasted using paired t-tests. The results showed that patellofemoral joint loads were significantly reduced as a function of running with the orthotic device. The current investigation indicates that through reductions in patellofemoral loads, foot orthoses may serve to reduce the incidence of chronic running injuries at this joint.

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