Story Check Prof. Dr. Alexander Mehlhorn from the Schön Clinic’s Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery in Munich-Harlaching has conducted an up-to-date study evaluation concerning treatment with foot orthoses in cases of osteoarthritis of the knee. How does raising the lateral edge of the foot help?
- In cases of medial osteoarthritis (men are affected more by this, bandy legs, football players), a foot orthosis can provide lateral support and relief of the medial knee joint compartment, measurably reducing the adduction of the knee joint.
- Patients can use exercise to support their treatment goal of reducing pain.
- If pain reduction is not achieved, the osteoarthritis may not be as unilateral as initially assumed. The medial compartment of the patellofemoral joint may also be affected. Other conditions must also be considered.
- There is currently no definitive research on lateral osteoarthritis of the knee.