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Low dye taping and orthoses application

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by MariosElena1612, Mar 16, 2009.


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    Dear all,

    Dye taping can be used as a short term management prior to follow up orthotic therapy. However is it possible to use functional orthoses and dye taping at the same time for controlling abnormal pronation? I am aware that padding can be accomodated with dye taping, yet is there any research testing orthoses and dye taping?

    Thank you
  2. Admin2

    Admin2 Administrator Staff Member

    Re: Dye taping and orthoses application

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  3. Mark_M

    Mark_M Active Member

    Ive used low dye taping with orthoses plenty of times, and seems to work just fine. Sometimes a patient already has orthoses and may come in with a new complaint, or the patient may want another taping as they are breaking in their orthoses. Regardless ive never had a problem.

    I cant help you with any research, but looks like admin2 took care of that
  4. Thanks Mark for your useful post. I thought it should not be a problem combining functional orthoses and dye taping. I just was not sure whether there is any relevant research evidence of the efficacy of this intervention.

  5. Harradine PD, Herrington L, Wright R: The effect of low dye taping upon rear foot motion before and after exercise. The Foot. 11(2):2001. p57-61


    The effect of Low Dye taping was assessed upon rearfoot motion and position of seven excessively pronated individuals (14 feet). A measurement of calcaneal stance position was taken prior to taping and before and after 30 minutes of walking while taped. Taping immediately reduced resting calcaneal stance position significantly (P<0.05) but this control was lost after exercise. Taping made no significant difference to total pronation or maximum pronation velocity measured during walking.

    It was concluded that Low Dye taping may still be beneficial to certain specific conditions but its use as amethod of reducing dynamic excess pronation or static pronation over a period of time may be inappropriate.

    We don't know whether low dye taping has a kinetic effect from this study, but it doesn't appear to have much of a kinematic effect during dynamic function.
  6. Hylton Menz

    Hylton Menz Guest

    There has been a recent systematic review on the effects of low-Dye taping:

    Radford JA, Burns J, Buchbinder R, Landorf KB, Cook C. The effect of low-Dye taping on kinematic, kinetic, and electromyographic variables: a systematic review.
    J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2006 Apr;36(4):232-41.

    STUDY DESIGN: A systematic review. OBJECTIVE: To determine the strength of evidence of the effect of low-Dye taping on lower limb kinematic, kinetic, and electromyographic variables. BACKGROUND: Low-Dye taping is a foot-taping technique that aims to limit foot pronation and is commonly used to treat a number of foot disorders. METHODS AND MEASURES: Systematic review of randomized or quasi-randomized trials examining the effect of low-Dye taping compared with no taping on kinematic, kinetic, and electromyographic variables. Trials were identified by searching CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, SPORTDiscus, and CENTRAL, and by recursive checking of bibliographies. Data were extracted from published trials and from mail contact with authors for further information as necessary. Meta-analyses were planned for all outcomes using the generic inverse variance method. Sensitivity analyses were planned by pooling data from nonrandomized trials. Statistical heterogeneity was assessed using the quantity I2. RESULTS: Six trials met inclusion criteria and, of these, 5 trials reported sufficient data on kinematic and kinetic variables to be included in the analysis. Results from the 5 randomized trials were considered robust when pooled with data from 7 nonrandomized trials in a sensitivity analysis. When compared to no taping, low-Dye taping increased navicular height immediately after application (weighted mean difference [WMD], 5.90 mm; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.41 to 11.39; P = .04) and had no effect on navicular height post exercise (WMD, 4.70 mm; 95% CI, -0.61 to 10.01; P = .08), maximum rearfoot eversion while walking (WMD, -0.59 degrees; 95% CI, -2.53 to 1.35; P = .55), and total rearfoot range of motion while walking (WMD, 2.3 degrees; 95% CI, -0.64 to 5.24; P = .13). CONCLUSIONS: Low-Dye taping provides a small change in navicular height post application, although it is unclear whether this change is clinically important. There was high heterogeneity between some trials examining other variables, indicating that more research is needed to confirm the results of previous trials.
  7. Footwear perhaps will enhance or detract the efficacy of the LD taping, since plantar peak pressures may be altered as result of the intervention. I would thought appropriate advice should be given to patients when this intervention introduced, although it is only used for a short period of time.
  8. pod29

    pod29 Active Member

    Hi Here are some papers looking at the effect of Low dye taping;

    1.Vicenzino B, Feilding J, Howard R, et al. Investigation of anti-pronation effect of two taping measures after application and exercise. Gait Posture 1997;5;1-5

    2.O’Sullivan K, Kennedy N, O’Neill E, et al. The effect of low dye taping on rearfoot motion and plantar pressure during the stance phase of gait. BMC Musculoskelet disord. 2008;9;111

    3.Vicenzino B, McPoil T, Buckland S. Plantar foot pressures after the application of Altered Low Dye Technique. J Athl Train 2007;42:374-380

    4.Franettovich M, Chapman A, Blanch P, Vicenzino B. A physiological and psychological basis for anti-pronation taping from a critical review of the literature. Sports Med. 2008;38:617-31.

    5.Franettovich M, Chapman A, Vicenzino B. Tape that increases medial longitudinal arch height also reduces leg muscle activity: A preliminary study. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2008;4;593-600.

    6.Radford JA, Landorf KB, Buchbinder R and Cook C. Effectiveness of low-Dye taping for the short-term treatment of plantar heel pain: a randomised trial Musculoskelet disord 2006, 7:64

    7.Lange B, Chipchase L, Evans A. The effect of low dye taping on plantar pressures, during gait, in subjects with navicula drop exceeding 10mm. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2004;4;201-9.

    We have been conducting studies looking at the effect of Augmented Low Dye taping on plantar pressure and EMG of vasti and gluteals during running. The paper has only recently been sent for publication, hopefully available for all to see in the not too distant future.


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    Use of antipronation taping to determine foot orthoses prescription: a case series.
    Meier K, McPoil TG, Cornwall MW, Lyle T.
    Res Sports Med. 2008;16(4):257-71.
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    Effects of low-dye taping on plantar pressure pre and post exercise: an exploratory study.
    Nolan D, Kennedy N.
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Apr 21;10(1):40. [Epub ahead of print]
  11. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    duh? Everyone with a big foot will have > 10mm!

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