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Document ID (ISN)100738
CIS number 02-1961
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Torkki M., Malmivaara A., Reivonen N., Seitsalo S., Laippala P., Hoikka V.
Title Individually fitted sports shoes for overuse injuries among newspaper carriers
Bibliographic information June 2002, Vol.28, No.3, p.176-183. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) shock absorption; repetitive strain injury; deliverymen; lower extremity disorders
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; economic aspects; foot injuries; case-control study; medical supervision; vibration damping
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Road transportation
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system