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Table 3 Number and proportion of people who received advice regarding good or bad footwear styles for knee osteoarthritis (OA) (n = 204)

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

  Advice received
Good for knee OA Bad for knee OA
Footwear style N % (95% CI)* N % (95% CI)*
Athletic shoes/sneakers 82 40 (34 to 47) 7 3 (1 to 6)
Cushioned shoes 78 38 (32 to 45) 2 1 (0 to 2)
Sturdy/supportive shoes 96 47 (40 to 54) 2 1 (0 to 2)
Flexible thin soled shoes 6 3 (1 to 5) 46 23 (17 to 28)
Hard-soled shoes 9 4 (2 to 7) 28 14 (9 to 18)
Shoes with in-built arch supports 84 41 (34 to 48) 3 1 (0 to 3)
Lace up oxford or similar 32 16 (11 to 21) 4 2 (0 to 4)
Work boots 13 6 (3 to 10) 8 4 (1 to 7)
High heeled shoes 2 1 (0 to 2) 82 40 (34 to 47)
Flat shoes 39 19 (14 to 24) 34 17 (12 to 22)
Slip on style shoes 10 5 (2 to 8) 38 19 (13 to 24)
Slippers 7 3 (1 to 6) 25 12 (8 to 17)
Sandals 21 10 (6 to 14) 25 12 (8 to 17)
Clogs or `crocs’ 12 6 (3 to 9) 30 15 (10 to 20)
Thongs/flip flops 6 3 (1 to 5) 58 28 (22 to 35)
Buckled shoes 7 3 (1 to 6) 12 6 (3 to 9)
Velcro-fastened shoes 20 10 (6 to 14) 7 3 (1 to 6)
Above ankle boots 14 7 (3 to 10) 14 7 (3 to 10)
Barefoot 19 9 (5 to 13) 39 19 (14 to 24)
Surgical/custom shoe 14 7 (3 to 10) 2 1 (0 to 2)
Other 8 4 (1 to 7) 2 1 (0 to 2)
  1. *Participants could respond to multiple categories hence proportions may not add up to 100%.