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AAOS Knee OA Treatment Guideline – Recommendation 8

August 22, 2010
lateral heel wedges

lateral heel wedge

This is a continuation of our series of articles from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Guideline for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 8 – Lateral heel wedges are not recommended as a treatment option for osteoarthritis of the knee.

A systematic review of literature reveals there is no evidence that lateral heel wedges are more effective than neutral heel wedges at relieving pain associated with knee OA.  In fact there is some data that suggests patients who do not use lateral heel wedges may experience fewer symptoms than those who do.



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