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The Evolution of Kinesiology Tape

Leslie Trotter

Written by Leslie Trotter

Kinesiology tape – more than pretty colours?

Pink bands in a crisscross pattern on a tennis player’s shoulder, blue strips surrounding a cyclist’s knee, a red streak along a hurdler’s Achilles tendon: clearly athletes, Olympic and otherwise, subscribe to the use of elastic therapeutic, or kinesiology, tape. But is this a fashion statement or does kinesiology tape have a real function? […]

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Kinesiology Taping an Ankle Sprain

anklesprainAnkle sprains are traditionally associated with thick white strips of rigid athletic tape but no more…kinesiology taping works wonders!

We’ve all done it. That quick twist of the ankle from stepping into rut or landing slightly off balance. It often seems like the most benign of situations.

An ankle sprain can happen very unexpectedly and become an incredible challenge to manage. Proper rehabilitation of a moderate to severe sprain can take many months and creates a susceptibility to doing it again quite easily in the future.[…]

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Kinesiology Taping the Achilles Tendon and Calf

Achilles-tapingClose to Home

This is one of my personal favorites, having experienced a nasty calf tear while playing badminton about 4 years ago! I wish I had known about kinesiology taping then!

Walking around my own sports medicine clinic, dragging my leg behind me like Kwasimoto, was certainly a humbling experience.

Without the ability to “toe-off” (or rise up to push off with each step), the only choice for forward movement is dragging the afflicted leg along the floor.[…]

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Kinesiology Taping for Plantar Fasciitis

plantar-fasciitis-tapingThose first few excruciating steps upon getting out of bed in the morning are hallmark plantar fasciitis!

I’ve got that T-shirt! And so have 10% of the adult population. This is such a common condition that a foot specialist could run a practice just for this condition alone.

Anatomy

The plantar (sole of the foot) fascia (tissue) is a strong connective band that starts on the inside of the heel bone and spread through the arch towards the tendons of the toes.[…]

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Kinesiology Taping for Shin Splints

shinsplint-lateralI wish kinesiology taping had been around when I was playing soccer in my teens. The pain was very debilitating at times and the coaching lore of the day was to use heat, do shin strengthening exercises and keep on running – completely the opposite of today’s medical best practises!

Shin Splints (bad, but common term) or what many prefer to call Tibial Stress Syndrome (TSS), is a common condition in people who play weight bearing sports or those who walk a lot at their job.[…]

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Kinesiology Taping for Low Back Pain

lowback1Low back pain is a common affliction in our society affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives.

Kinesiology taping is a superb way to improve low back problems, in particular, postural issues but also in those who are susceptible to low back muscular strain and fatigue from work and sports.

The vast majority (95%) of low back pain is non-specific in nature and usually due to lifestyle issues that strain muscles and other soft tissues of the back.[…]

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Articles on Orthotics

A Closer Look on Orthoses

Pressure Plate OrthosisThis mini-study serves to show the visual difference between an orthotic manufactured from a 3-dimensional foam cast versus a pressure pad versus a photocopy of the foot. […]

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Feet Still Sore? You’ll be Surprised When You Read This About Orthotics!

Orthotics Compression TestDon’t drop your monocle when you read this but it’s time for straight talk about orthotics.

Everyone sells orthotics these days -the Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker – did I leave anyone out? Oh yah…the guy in the kiosk at the Home Show.

There are reasons for this ridiculous industry misstep but that would be a longwinded read. I’d rather equip the consumer with the self-assessment tools to help determine if you have the real deal or a sham. […]

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The Mechanics of Running and the Need for an Orthotic

OrthoticThe beauty of the human foot is that it serves two opposite, but equally important, functions for the act of walking or running.

Upon striking the ground the foot serves as a shock absorber so that the impact of hitting hard surfaces is reduced. It also transitions into a rigid lever so there is a firm “push off” at the end of each step.[…]

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These Are Real Cases of Fraud in Orthotics!

Shoe-Modification-300x225Case study #1: “Shoe Modifications”

A practitioner charged this patient $640 for a “modified orthopaedic shoe”.

Shoe medial arch support = $260.00

Toe box stretching =$140.00

Heel reinforcement = $120.00

Ecco Shoe = $120.00

Grand Total= $640.00

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Watch Out for Fraud in Foot Orthoses!

imagesThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Wild West we call the Orthotics Industry – Foot Orthoses and Fraud (The Ugly)

“When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.”

~Bill Copeland

In my role as an independent medical consultant for several large insurance companies, I see a range of questionable products and claims. Some are simple misunderstandings, most however, are one of two types of fraud.[…]

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What is the Evidence for Using Foot Orthoses?

images (1)The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Wild West we call the Orthotics Industry – Evidence for Using Foot Orthoses (The Good)

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”

-Will Durant

It is not uncommon for medical professionals to claim that foot orthoses are an effective treatment for low back pain and a variety of other muscular complaints and indeed many “orthotics wearers” would agree.

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What Orthotic Technology Gives Accurate Information About Your Foot?

orthotics-image-treatments-page-300x199The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Wild West we call the Orthotics Industry – Orthotics and Technology (The Bad)

“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” -Richard P. Feynman

No technology is actually “bad”. Information derived from technology tells us something.[…]

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