|Document ID (ISN)||100738|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
|Convention or series no.
||Torkki M., Malmivaara A., Reivonen N., Seitsalo S., Laippala P., Hoikka V.
||Individually fitted sports shoes for overuse injuries among newspaper carriers
||June 2002, Vol.28, No.3, p.176-183. Illus. 10 ref.
||The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of new, individually fitted sports shoes against lower limb overuse injuries among newspaper carriers. 176 patients were randomly assigned to use either the new, individually adjusted footwear with good shock absorbing properties (test group = 86) or the subjects' own, used footwear (control group = 90). At the 6-month follow-up, there was a difference in favour of the test group with respect to lower-limb pain intensity and number of painful days. After one year, 53% and 33% of the test and control groups, respectively, thought they were better than at the time of the baseline examination. The test subjects had less foot fatigue and fewer hyperkeratotic skin lesions. There was no difference in the number of diagnosed overuse injuries between the groups. During the year of follow-up, the all-inclusive mean costs of foot care were USD 70 and USD 158 in the test and control groups, respectively.
||shock absorption; repetitive strain injury; deliverymen; lower extremity disorders
||subjective assessment; economic aspects; foot injuries; case-control study; medical supervision; vibration damping
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Finland|
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system