This randomised controlled trial assessed the effectiveness of low-Dye taping, a commonly used short-term treatment for plantar heel pain. Ninety two participants were randomly allocated to low-Dye taping and sham ultrasound or sham ultrasound alone. Participants treated with low-Dye taping reported a small improvement in first-step pain after one week of treatment compared to those who did not receive taping. There were no other statistically significant differences between groups. The authors conclude that when used for the short-term treatment of plantar heel pain, low-Dye taping provides a small improvement in first-step pain compared with a sham intervention after a one-week period.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2006, 7:64, online