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.