Effectiveness of neuromuscular taping on pronated foot posture and walking plantar pressures in amateur runners

This study aimed to determine the effect kinesiotaping (KT) in comparison to sham kinesiotaping (sham KT) in the repositioning of pronated feet following a short running. 116 amateur runners were screened by assessing the post-run (45min duration) foot posture to identify pronated foot types (defined by Foot Posture Index [FPI] score of ≥6). Seventy-three runners met the inclusion criteria and were placed into one of two treatment groups, KT (n=49) and sham KT (n=24). After applying either the KT or sham KT and completing 45min of running (mean speed of 12km/h), outcome measures were collected (FPI and walking Pedobarography). FPI was decreased in both groups, more so in the KT group (mean FPI between group difference=0.9, CI 0.1-1.9), with a score closer to neutral. There were statistically significant differences between KT and sham KT (p<.05 and p<.01) in pressure time integral, suggesting that sham KT had a greater effect.

KT may be somewhat useful to clinicians in correction of pronated foot posture in a short-term. There wasn't any effect of KT, however on pressure variables at heel strike or toe-off after a short duration of running, the sham KT technique produced a greater effect.