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Efficacy of calcaneal taping over low dye taping in plantar fasciitis

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by ernepod, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. ernepod

    ernepod Member

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    Hi there-I'm in the process of writing research proposal with a view to examining LDT and calcaneal taping(investigated by Hyland) for the treatment of plantar fasciitis.My query is ,has anyone come across any studies which have already done so and if not ,are Hyland et al the only authors that have used calcaneal taping for this condition.I can find lots on LDT but not Calc.taping.Thanks in advance
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  3. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    Playing the devils advocate ...

    Why do you want to do this study?

    There are so many variations of the two taping techniques, so no matter what result you get, if one of the techniques was varied, you could easily get a different result.

    If the aim of strapping in plantar fasciitis is to lower the load in the plantar fascia then I can apply both taping techniques to achieve this and there will be no difference between the two techniques. I can also apply both techniques to NOT lower the load going through the plantar fascia and there will still be no difference between them! or I could ... etc

    See the thread I started on The Redundancy of Research on Custom Made vs Prefabricated Foot Orthotics .... rather than think about custom vs premade, think of low dye vs calcaneal strapping - the same arguments apply .... think in terms of using strapping to deliver the prescription variable needed (ie reduce load in plantar fascia) vs strapping that does not deliver the prescription variable needed.
  4. ernepod

    ernepod Member

    Thankyou Craig for your reply.Yes I realise what you are saying with regard to the potential for different results depending on the method of application and indeed lowering and not lowering the load on the pl.f.
    To give you some background ,the research proposal is following on from a systematic review as part of a masters programme.
    The Hyland study promotes the calc.taping technique as a specific 4 piece design as it tries to control the position and alignment of the calcaneum and the Achilles tendon. They stated that 'previous studies have tried to support the arch in the midfoot region and hypothesised their technique will show a greater decrease in pain and function. The investigators repositioned the calcaneum closer to neutral and increased the height of the longitudinal arch in order to reduce stress and subsequent micro-traumas to the plantar fascia'. Their sham taping technique was also calc taping but no attempt to control position.
    In my review I found so much heterogeneity in intervention characteristics, outcome measures and follow-up , no study that I had come across seemed to compare mid foot taping and calc taping so I suppose I thought it was a bit novel ?!
    I may not complete the research project and know there is a minefield wrt positioning in neutral etc etc but I 'd be grateful for your thoughts

    Many thanks again

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