Windlass Taping Technique for Symptomatic Relief of Plantar Fasciitis

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Context:

Windlass taping is used to reduce pain in plantar fasciitis and thought to take stress off the plantar fascia.

Objective:

To investigate the effects of windlass taping.

Design:

Single group, repeated measures.

Setting:

Outpatient physical therapy clinics.

Patients:

20 subjects with plantar fasciitis.

Intervention:

Windlass taping technique.

Main Outcome Measures:

Pretaping and posttaping measures included pain levels using a visual analog scale (VAS), resting-stance calcaneal position, tibial position, and navicular height. Fifteen also reported a VAS after wearing the tape for 24 h.

Results:

Median VAS score 37 mm pretape and 6 mm immediately posttape and 24 h later. Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed ranks test significant (P = .001) for reduction in pain scores. Paired t tests significant (P = .01) for a difference between means of pretaping and posttaping measurements for resting-stance positions.

Conclusions:

Windlass taping decreased pain in patients with plantar fasciitis and caused small changes in resting-stance positions.

Jamali, Walker, and Echternach are with the School of Physical Therapy, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529. Hoke is with Atlantic Physical Therapy, 1016 First Colonial Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.