Research to find if the insoles would help with running
Dr. George Ampat, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Ms. Fionnuala Geoghegan from University of Bolton have teamed together to conduct a research study on runners. The study is to determine whether the use of Lynco® Sport Orthotics / Insoles would decrease the rate of injuries, improve comfort and increase running performance. Running is one of the most accessible physical activities worldwide. It is estimated that 10.5 million people run in the UK alone. Despite the significant health benefits, running-related injuries (RRIs) are common. It can range from 2.5 injuries per 1000 hours of running in professional runners to as high as 33.0 injuries per 1000 hours of running in novice runners. The research team are hoping to recruit 100 voluntary participants from neighbouring local running clubs in Liverpool, Southport, Manchester and London for this study. Participants will be screened to ensure specific eligibility criteria are met. Participants must be between the age of 20 and 75 years old and will need to have been a regular runner for the past two years. A regular runner will be defined as someone who would have run at least 365 miles annually in the preceding two years. This will help ensure that those included in the study are avid runners with good experience. The study will exclude participants who have used an orthotic in the past or are currently using one; have pain and/or deformity in the foot unrelated to any particular running injury; suffer from a serious health condition; undergone any surgery in the last six months; or have undergone any surgery in the foot during their lifetime. The exclusion criteria eliminate factors that can confound the research. Participants will be instructed to run within their own normal range with and without the orthotic on alternate weeks. Their running performance will then be measured and this will be achieved by asking participants to record the time it takes them to run a route they normally would. Runners would be encouraged to use an app to record their distance and time taken. Researchers will explain the importance of participants running within their normal, comfortable range and not to either voluntarily increase or decrease their speed or distance. This will help allow for a fairer comparison of running times as it ensures that the effort factor will remain constant throughout the duration of the 4 weeks. Runners would also be encouraged to rate comfort levels during the run both with and without the orthotic. Participants would also be informed to note any pain or injury during the study period and for 2 weeks following the end of the study. The Orthotics for this study is being provided free of cost by Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. 414 Alfred Avenue Teaneck, NJ 07666 http://aetrex.com/lynco-orthot
If you are interested in participating in the study and can attend for assessments either in Liverpool, Southport, Manchester or London please fill in the contact form.
Please note that participants will be provided with a free Orthotic if they qualify to participate in the study. There is no financial remuneration to participate in this study.
Dr. George Ampat, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon http://www.ampat.co.uk/
Ms. Fionnuala Geoghegan (Finn) is Senior Lecturer at University of Bolton - http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Subjects/Sport-Leisure-Physical-Activity/Staff/Fionnuala-Geoghegan.aspx
Ethical permission to conduct this study has been provided by the University of Bolton