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Foot Ankle Spec. 2011 Apr;4(2):86-91. doi: 10.1177/1938640010387416. Epub 2010 Dec 1.

Low-dye taping versus medial arch support in managing pain and pain-related disability in patients with plantar fasciitis.

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Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. attmanonly@hotmail.com

Abstract

Plantar fasciitis is thought to develop because of repeated mechanical stresses. This study aimed to compare 2 means of foot arches support-low-Dye tape (LDT) and medial arch support (MAS)-in patients with plantar fasciitis. Thirty patients with unilateral plantar fasciitis (23 men and 7 women) were randomly assigned to the LDT or MAS groups. Both groups were assessed before and after experiment for pain and foot function. Both groups received 9 sessions over 3 weeks consisting of ultrasound and calf muscles stretching. They were instructed to maintain supportive intervention (LDT or MAS) throughout this period. Pre-post comparison showed reduced pain and improved function in both groups. Between-groups analysis showed non-significant difference in pre-VAS and pre-FPDS. Post-VAS and post-FPDS showed significant improvement in patients in MAS group. Results indicate that MAS is more convenient for short-term management of pain and disability in patients with plantar fasciitis than LDT.

PMID:
21123667
DOI:
10.1177/1938640010387416
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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