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Formthotics decrease back pain and lower limb injury

Larsen, K., Weidich, F., and Leboeuf-Yde, C. (2002). Can custom-made biomechanic shoe orthoses prevent problems in the back and lower extremities? A randomized, controlled intervention trial of 146 military conscripts. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.25:5.p. 326-330.

Formthotics decrease incidence of back pain by 20% and lower limb injury by 10% in military recruits.

In this Danish randomised contol trial it was shown that thermoformed Formthotics may prevent back and lower extremity problems in military recruits. 

Custom thermoformed Formthotics significantly reduced the overall occurrence of back and lower extremity injuries and were particularly effective in reducing the incidence of shin splints, achilles tendon pain and ankle sprains in the sample group. 

In a later study in the New Zealand army, a screening test was used to identify recriuts who might be a greater risk of overuse injuries. The results of the study showed that Formthotics significantly reduced the incidence of injuries in recriuts identified by the screening as at risk.