Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Degree Program

Physical Therapy


Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common diagnosis treated by health care personnel. This study investigates the effectiveness of foot orthotics in the treatment of PFPS. Fourteen subjects experiencing PFPS participated. Each completed a Functional Pain Assessment (FPA) consisting of walking, stairs, biking, squatting and resting (sitting). Function was assessed using the Activities of Daily Living Scale (ADLS). After the initial FPA and ADLS. foot orthotics were placed in the shoes of participants and worn for the duration of the study. No other intervention was given. Follow-up testing was performed immediately after insertion of orthotics, after two weeks and again at four weeks in which subjects completed the FPA and ADLS. Results indicate that orthotics do not immediately decrease pain (p=.29). However, after two and four weeks, significant improvement was found (p=.004, p=.002) respectively. Functional improvements were found at both two and four weeks (p=.042. p=.014) respectively. This study does support the use of orthotics in the treatment of PFPS.


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