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The Effect of Customized Insoles on the Reduction of Postwork Discomfort

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  • 1 Associate Professor, Division of Orthopedics, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, 53 E 124th St, New York, NY 10035.
  • | 2 Professor, Division of Orthopedics, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY.
  • | 3 Professor and Former Chairman, Department of Orthopedics, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY.
  • | 4 Research Biostatistician, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.
  • | 5 Staff Physician, Shaarei Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.
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This study examined the effect of customized insoles in relieving postwork discomfort in healthy individuals whose jobs require long periods of standing and walking. CompuSole insoles were worn by 122 New York City Police Department officers for up to 5 weeks for an average of 7 hours per day. The officers walked an average of 3 miles per day. Before the study, one-fifth of the police officers in this study experienced foot pain or discomfort at the end of their workday; 15% had calluses, corns, or athlete’s foot; 18% had sought treatment for a foot problem in the past; and 20% had worn foot orthoses. There was a significant reduction in tiredness in the feet at the end of the day after wearing the insoles, but no improvement in back or leg discomfort. At the end of the workday, 68% had less foot discomfort and 60% were more comfortable at work when wearing the insoles. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 91(10): 515-520, 2001)