Kinesio® Tex Tape: Valuable Conservative Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?
|Daryl Lawson*, Amanda Hoffmeyer, Ashley Pearsall and Srikant Vallabhajosula|
|Department of Physical Therapy Education, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, USA|
|Corresponding Author :||Lawson D
Department of Physical Therapy Education
Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received: August 24, 2015; Accepted: September 8, 2015; Published: September 16, 2015|
|Citation: Lawson D, Hoffmeyer A, Pearsall A and Vallabhajosula S (2015) Kinesio® Tex Tape: Valuable Conservative Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?. J Nov Physiother 5:271.doi:10.4172/2165-7025.1000271|
|Copyright: © 2015 Lawson et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
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Purpose: To determine if Kinesio Taping® as a therapeutic intervention will decrease plantar pain and improve functional outcomes in individuals with plantar fasciitis (PF).
Methods: 10 (7 F/3 M; mean age 40.3 years old) subjects reported for three sessions: baseline measurements, after 1 week of taping application, and after 3 weeks of taping application. At each session, the following data were collected: 1) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK US) imaging of plantar fascia thickness via a long-axis scan at the insertion of the calcaneus; 2) Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS); and 3) Foot and Ankle Ability Measure Scores (FAAM). At the initial session, patients were instructed on Kinesio Taping® protocol and supplied with enough product for daily re-application throughout the study. A 1-way ANOVA was used to compare the outcome measures from the three visits.
Results: There was a trend towards significant decrease in thickness between the baseline and final measures (P=0.063). This study also revealed a significant and clinically meaningful decrease in NPRS scores (MCID=2) from baseline measurement to week 3 (P=0.031). No significant changes in FAAM scores for the ADL (P=0.639) or Sports (P=0.107) subscales were revealed over the treatment period.
Conclusion: Kinesio Taping® may be considered an effective, conservative, and practical intervention in the treatment of plantar fasciitis for short-term pain relief when used with the exercise protocol. However a larger sample sized study with a control group is needed to warrant these results.