Low-dye taping versus medial arch support in managing pain and pain-related disability in patients with plantar fasciitis

Foot Ankle Spec. 2011 Apr;4(2):86-91. doi: 10.1177/1938640010387416. Epub 2010 Dec 1.


Plantar fasciitis is thought to develop because of repeated mechanical stresses. This study aimed to compare 2 means of foot arches support-low-Dye tape (LDT) and medial arch support (MAS)-in patients with plantar fasciitis. Thirty patients with unilateral plantar fasciitis (23 men and 7 women) were randomly assigned to the LDT or MAS groups. Both groups were assessed before and after experiment for pain and foot function. Both groups received 9 sessions over 3 weeks consisting of ultrasound and calf muscles stretching. They were instructed to maintain supportive intervention (LDT or MAS) throughout this period. Pre-post comparison showed reduced pain and improved function in both groups. Between-groups analysis showed non-significant difference in pre-VAS and pre-FPDS. Post-VAS and post-FPDS showed significant improvement in patients in MAS group. Results indicate that MAS is more convenient for short-term management of pain and disability in patients with plantar fasciitis than LDT.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ankle Joint*
  • Arthralgia / diagnosis
  • Arthralgia / etiology
  • Arthralgia / rehabilitation*
  • Bandages*
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Equipment Design
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / complications*
  • Fasciitis, Plantar / therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthopedic Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Treatment Outcome