The Effects of Applying Dynamic Tape to the Lower Limb of a Patient with Sequelae of Stroke
Farias B B, Lumini J A.
Estudo de Caso, 2015 Fernando Pessoa University
This study looked at the effect of Dynamic Taping on gait and a range of other functional tasks in a stroke patient 5 years post stroke.
Dynamic Tape resulted in improved angular values and velocity measured during walking, Timed Up and Go Test improved from 18.4s to 13.9s, Four Square Step Test improved from 15.1s to 12.2 s, Functional Reach Test improved from 15cm to 17.5cm and Step up and down improved from 8.9s to 6.1s.
No research has been conducted to our knowledge on subjects early on in their rehabilitation to determine if there are any improvements in motor relearning. The aim of the application and indications for its use in these situations however are very much determined by the patient. The aim is not to cure the foot drop but to improve function. This may simply be to enable someone to walk outside on uneven ground with less risk of falls due to improved dorsiflexion and a more stable ankle. We were contacted by a gentlemen who wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle without the use of an AFO. The aim of our treatment is not always to cure or to have lasting effects. A patient centred approach is critical.