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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.11 No.2 pp.2060-2064

Immediate Effect of Kinesiology Taping on Gait Function in Stroke Patients with Foot Drop

Jinuk Kim
Department of Emergency Medical Services, Kyungdong University, Wonju, Republic of Korea
Address for correspondence Jinuk Kim, EMT-P, Prof., PhD Department of Emergency Medical Services, Kyungdong University, South Korea Address: 815, Gyeonhwon-ro, Munmakeup, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea Tel: 82-10-9414-4233


Background: Recently, the kinesiology taping (KT) method was reported to be effective in improving walking ability in foot drop patients after stroke, but the clinical basis is still unclear. Objectives: The KT method was compared with ankle-foot orthotics (AFO) to investigate gait ability in foot drop patients after stroke. Design: Crossover study design. Methods: In this study, 11 stroke patients with foot drop participated. Walking ability of all subjects for both conditions (KT and AFO) was measured using the GAITRite system. The order of application of the two conditions was determined randomly by drawing lots. Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to compare walking ability between the two conditions. The level of statistical significance was set at P<.05. Results: There were no significant differences between the KT and AFO methods in terms of velocity, cadence, step length, and stride length (P>.05, all). Conclusion: This study recommends KT as an alternative to the AFO, since KT provides evidence of preventing of foot drops and improving gait ability in stroke patient.