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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.11 No.1 pp.1950-1953

Effect of Kinesiology Taping for Ankle Instability in Stroke Patients

Donghwan Oha,Jaeyoung Parkb,Jinuk Kimc
aDepartment of Occuptional Therapy, Kyungdong University, Wonju, Republic of Korea; bDepartment of Physical Therapy, Kyungwoon University, Gumi, Republic of Korea; cDepartment of Emergency Medical Services, Kyungdong University, Wonju, Republic of Korea


Background: Ankle instability usually occurs after stroke, and contributes to unsafe walking and associated risk of falling in the affected patients.
Objective: To investigate the effects of kinesiology taping (KT) on gait and balance ability (center of pressure, CoP) in patients with ankle instability after stroke.
Design: One group, pre-post design.
Methods: A total of 11 patients with ankle instability after stroke were enrolled. In all subjects, the gait and balance ability were assessed under 2 conditions: KT and barefoot. Gait and balance ability was assessed using GAITRite system and FDM-S platform.
Results: Comparison between KT and barefoot condition, KT condition was significantly higher in velocity, cadence, step length, and stride length than barefoot condition (P<.05). KT condition was significantly lower in CoP path length and sway speed than barefoot condition (P<.05).
Conclusion: KT indicated potential as a helpful method for walking and balancing ability in patients with ankle instability after stroke. Therefore, this study recommends KT as an option applicable to the stroke with ankle instability.