n International SportMed Journal - A systematic review of running shoes and lower leg biomechanics : a possible link with patellofemoral pain syndrome? : review article
|Article Title||A systematic review of running shoes and lower leg biomechanics : a possible link with patellofemoral pain syndrome? : review article|
|© Publisher:||International Federation of Sports Medicine|
|Journal||International SportMed Journal|
|Author||Roy T.H. Cheung and Gabriel Y. Ng|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||107 - 116|
|Keyword(s)||Injury, Knee, Motion control, Patellofemoral pain syndrome and Running shoe|
<I>Objective:</I> This paper aims to review the relationship between running shoes and lower leg biomechanics in order to establish a possible link between patellofemoral pain syndrome and running shoe design. This may shed light on the alternative management of patellofemoral pain syndrome. <br><I>Data sources:</I> MEDLINE (PubMed), CINAHL and EMBase databases were searched using the following keyword: patellofemoral, footwear, motion, kinematics, shoe, running, knee, pain. <br><I>Study section:</I> A total of 42 articles were screened. <br><I>Data extraction:</I> Manuscripts were read and then grouped into the different sub-topics of this review paper, including (1) patellofemoral pain syndrome; (2) the relationship between excessive foot pronation and patellofemoral pain syndrome; (3) footwear for controlling excessive rearfoot pronation; and (4) the relationship between patellofemoral pain syndrome and running shoes. <br><I>Data synthesis:</I> Possible kinematics transfer from the rearfoot to the patellofemoral joint is illustrated. This may provide a rationale for tackling patellofemoral pain syndrome through the appropriate selection of running shoes. <br><I>Conclusion:</I> Appropriate footwear selection may contribute to the effective management of patellofemoral pain syndrome in runners with excessive rearfoot pronation.
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