Effects of kinesiotaping on foot posture in participants with pronated foot

The authors conducted this study to investigate whether kinesiotaping improves excessive foot pronation compared with sham kinesiotaping. They screened one hundred and thirty participants were for inclusion. Sixty-eight participants with pronated feet [Foot Posture Index (FPI)≥6] were enrolled, and the follow-up rate was 100%. Participants were placed in one of two groups: an experimental kinesiotaping group (KT1) and a sham taping group (KT2). Measures were collected by a blinded assessor at baseline, and 1minute, 10minutes, 60minutes and 24hours after taping. The primary outcome was total FPI score, and the secondary outcome was rear-foot FPI score. They found no substantial differences in total FPI score between kinesiotaping and sham taping at any time point. Similarly, there were no significant differences in rear-foot FPI score, apart from at 60-minute follow-up when the difference between groups was significant (P=0.04) but the effect size was very small (0.85 points on the rear-foot FPI score between -6 and +6).

They concluded that kinesiotaping does not correct foot pronation compared with sham kinesiotaping in individuals with pronated feet.