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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of the sample of people with knee OA

From: A survey of footwear advice, beliefs and wear habits in people with knee osteoarthritis

Characteristics n = 204
Female, n (%) 138 (68%)
Mean (SD) age (years) 62.4 (7.7)
Affected knee, n (%)  
Left only 29 (14%)
Right only 29 (14%)
Both - left most painful 44 (22%)
Both - right most painful 64 (31%)
Both equally painful 38 (19%)
Mean (SD) duration of OA (years) 19.4 (151.6)
Mean (SD) daily pain 6.4 (1.8)
Mean (SD) walking pain 6.6 (2.0)
Current or previous treatment, n (%)  
Anti inflammatory tablets or capsules 168 (82%)
Paracetamol 179 (88%)
Topical anti inflammatory creams or gels 149 (73%)
Glucosamine or Chondroitin 159 (78%)
Oral corticosteroids 30 (15%)
Topical liniment rubs 142 (70%)
Opioid oral medication 24 (12%)
Herbal or vitamin therapies 104 (51%)
Weight loss 179 (88%)
Aerobic, strengthening or stretching exercises 165 (81%)
A walking stick, cane, walker or other object 80 (39%)
Taping of the knee cap/ knee bracing 124 (61%)
Objects to help with daily living 52 (25%)
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) 45 (22%)
Viscosupplementation 25 (12%)
Hydrotherapy 95 (47%)
Heat/cold treatment 134 (66%)
Massage therapy 68 (33%)
Acupuncture 55 (27%)
Magnet therapy 60 (29%)
Other 43 (21%)