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20-03-2018 | Rheumatoid arthritis | Article

The effectiveness of therapeutic shoes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Journal:
Rheumatology International

Authors: Marloes Tenten-Diepenmaat, Marike van der Leeden, Thea P. M. Vliet Vlieland, Leo D. Roorda, Joost Dekker

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Abstract

The study summarizes the evidence on the effectiveness of therapeutic shoes on foot function, foot pain, physical functioning, health-related quality of life, adherence, adverse events and patient satisfaction in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Studies investigating the effect of (ready- or custom-made) therapeutic shoes were included. For between-group designs, studies comparing therapeutic shoes versus non-therapeutic shoes were included. A literature search was conducted in The Cochrane Central Registry for Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), PubMed, EMBASE and PEDro up to January 19, 2017. Quantitative data analysis was conducted; when this was not possible qualitative data analysis was performed. Eleven studies were identified. For custom-made shoes, no studies reporting between-group differences were available. Qualitative data-syntheses of the within-group differences resulted in weak evidence for the reduction of foot pain and improvement of physical functioning. For ready-made shoes, one study reported between-group differences, resulting in inconclusive evidence for improvement of foot function. Quantitative data-analyses of within-group differences resulted in a medium to large effect for the reduction of foot pain (SMD 0.60, 95% CI 0.28–0.92; P ≤ 0.001; 184 participants) and a small to medium effect for the improvement of physical functioning (SMD 0.30, 95% CI 0.04–0.56; P = 0.02; 150 participants). Qualitative data-synthesis of within-group differences resulted in weak evidence for improvement of foot function. Within-group results indicate that therapeutic shoes are likely to be effective in patients with RA. Definitive high-quality RCTs are necessary to investigate the between-group effectiveness of therapeutic shoes in patients with RA.

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