Many people think magnets in the sole of your shoe can relieve pain by altering blood flow and nerve response in the foot, but a new study at the Mayo Clinic finds that magnetic shoe insoles don't make a difference.
Researchers found instead that half the people who improved thought they were wearing magnets, but were actually wearing fakes. Sharon Ryg was in the study group that improved, even without the magnets.
She says that they gave her better insole than she had been buying over the counter because they helped her pain.
Mark Winemiller, Mayo Clinic researcher, says that this study found conclusive evidence that the magnets in the insoles that they studied were not at all helpful in relieving pain.
The Mayo Clinic study suggests instead that people with heel pain go to a physician for help. Because there are many supportive shoes, arch-supporting insoles and even stretching exercises that can usually treat that painful condition which is called Plantar Fasciitis. Dr. Winemiller says no one is quite sure what causes Plantar Fasciitis, but that studies are ongoing to answer that question.
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