p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Sabriye Ercan1, Hilmi Mustafa Demir2, Yurdagül Baygül Atalay3, Cem Çetin3

1Dr. Ersin Arslan Training and Research Hospital, Sports Medicine Department, Gaziantep, Turkey
2Van Training and Research Hospital, Sports Medicine Department, Van, Turkey
3Süleyman Demirel University Faculty of Medicine, Sports Medicine Department, Isparta, Turkey

Keywords: Plantar fasciitis, kinesiotape, pain

Abstract

Objective: Plantar fasciitis is a painfull condition limiting foot function common both in athlete and sedentary populations. Different modalities like orthosis, night splints, steroid injections, extracorporeal shock wave therapy and kinesiotape applications are used in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. In this study the effect of kinesiotape application in addition to extracorporeal shock wave therapy was evaluated.
Materials and Methods: Seventy two patients who were diagnosed with plantar fasciitis enrolled into the study. Age, height, body weight, body mass index, gender, side involved and length of calcaneal spur from direct X-ray graphs in weight bearing positon were measured and noted. Patients were divided into three groups as extracorporeal shock wave therapy group (Group 1), extracorporeal shock wave therapy and kinesiotape group (Group 2) and extracorporeal shock wave therapy and sham kinesiotape group (Group 3). Extracorporeal shock wave therapy was applied once a day per week, at 15 Hz frequency, 20 Barr energy and 2000 impulses/session. Taping was done just after the extracorporeal shock wave therapy and kinesiotape was kept for five days/week. Patients were assessed by visual analog scale score, and Roles and Maudsley pain scale. Scores were taken at the beginning of treatment; 1st, 2nd and 3rd weeks of treatment.
Results: After the end of the three weeks treatment period, all groups had statistically significant visual analog scale score, and Roles and Maudsley pain score improvements (p<0.05). However, there was no statistically significant differences between groups (p>0.05).
Conclusions: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy lowers pain scores of plantar fasciitis patients in three weeks. Kinesiotape application in addition to extracorporeal shock wave therapy treatment does not provide additional profit.

Cite this article as: Ercan S, Demir HM, Atalay YB, et al. Efficiency of combined treatment of extracorporeal shock wave therapy and kinesiotape application on patients with plantar fasciitis. Turk J Sports Med. 2017;52:103-11.
*The study was poster-presented at the 15th Turkish National Sports Medicine Congress, 20-22nd November 2015 held in Ankara, Turkey.