Kinesiology Taping for Foot Drop

Case Study Full Name: A New Approach for Helping Patients With Foot Drop: Kinesiology Taping By: Kevin Jardine, DC, Med. Ac., CSCS, ART   Abstracts: Clinical presentation of foot drop can present the practitioner with a potentially complex problem. Foot drop, in which the patient experiences weakness of the ankle dorsiflexors, can range from an inability to actively bring the toes toward the shin to a weakness only evident upon resisted dorsiflexion. Depending on the underlying cause, foot drop may end up being a temporary or permanent condition. The clinical impetus for drop foot can vary and therefore requires the practitioner to provide a thorough evaluation in order to identify the root cause. Once the primary reason for the foot drop has been identified by thorough physical evaluations and often electrodiagnostic testing, the foot drop itself still needs to be locally addressed, as alterations in gait associated with foot drop may exacerbate the overall condition.   The therapeutic use of kinesiology tape varies depending on whether the tape or the muscles the tape is applied to are stretched before the tape is adhered. In the case of drop foot, a structural application would be applied in which the clinical objective is to prevent motions or postures from occurring that are potentially harmful. With drop foot, the potentially harmful motion you want to reduce is the excessive plantar flexion during walking, which leads to the characteristic sweeping of the foot along the floor, compensatory use of alternative gait muscles and the often-heard foot slap after heel strike.

Kinesiology Taping for Foot Drop

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