Articles on Elastic Therapeutic Tape
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? […]
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.[…]
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.[…]
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.
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.[…]
I 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.[…]
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.[…]
Articles on Orthotics
This 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. […]
Don’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. […]
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.[…]
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
The 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.”
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.[…]
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.”
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.
The 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.[…]