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Effects of Modified Low-Dye Taping on Stroke Patients with an Excessive Pronated Foot
J Korean Soc Phys Med 2018;13(2):69-74
Published online May 31, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Hyun-Wook Kim, MS, PT⋅Young-Uk Ryu, PhD, PT1†

SungSam Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Center
1Dept. of Physical Therapy, Daegu Catholic University
Received March 21, 2018; Revised March 26, 2018; Accepted April 10, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
PURPOSE: Stroke patients may develop an over-pronated foot, resulting in a lower medial longitudinal arch. This can lead to a structural change of the foot due to deformation of the musculoskeletal system. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of modified low-dye taping on stroke patients with an excessively pronated foot. The effect of the taping on the foot after light daily activity was also examined.
METHODS: The subjects consisted of 21 stroke patients with an excessively pronated foot, as measured by the navicular drop test. First, their navicular heights were measured at a relaxed standing position (measure 1) and while standing in the subtalar neutral position (measure 2). Modified low-dye taping was applied to each subject’s affected foot and the navicular height was then measured for the standing posture (measure 3). Finally, each subject walked around for 10 minutes and the navicular height was measured again (measure 4).
RESULTS: Statistical analyses showed that the navicular height value at the relaxed standing position (measure 1) was significantly lower than for the other 3 measurements. That is, the modified low-dye taping was effective in maintaining a subtalar neutral position, even after a 10-minute walk, for stroke patients with an excessively pronated foot.
CONCLUSION: The results suggest that modified low-dye taping applied to stroke patients with an excessively pronated foot could be an effective way to place the subtalar joint in a neutral position, and that its effect can be sustained for light daily activities.
Keywords : Navicular height, Pronated foot, Stroke, Taping

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