What is X arch taping for?
We describe below a suggested approach for using athletic tape to apply the “X” Arch taping technique. This technique is useful for providing mild to moderate support for the longitudinal arch of the foot as well as the forefoot. It is also useful in treating pes cavus and pes planus conditions.
What taping technique is used for taping the arch?
LOW-DYE TAPING TECHNIQUE is designed to off-load the plantar fascia and provide medial ankle arch support. It is a classic taping method incorporating functional mechanical support of the foot and ankle.
What conditions can arch taping be used to support?
Arch tapings have been used to support the arch by increasing navicular height. Few researchers have studied navicular height and plantar pressures after physical activity.
What is zinc oxide tape?
Zinc oxide tape is a strong strapping tape that is made of a thin woven cloth and coated with a zinc oxide-based adhesive. Due to its antiseptic properties and effective qualities, it is widely used by athletes, physiotherapists, and within the medical field.
Why is spray adherent used?
Adherent sprays used in taping are effectively glues designed to create tackiness to enhance the stickiness of the sports tapes used in athletic taping techniques. Removers are simply solvents used to remove the residues from the skin.
What is metatarsal arch collapse?
Less commonly found than the longitudinal arch collapse is the collapse of the metatarsal arch (MTA). This usually comes with pain at the second, third, and fourth balls of the foot. In an attempt to relieve the pain, the toes are enlisted to bear some of the forefoot weight.
How can orthotics be used to lift the MTA?
In these cases, the incorporation in the orthotics of an arch support behind the MTHs may afford relief. Most orthotics provide such a lift of the MTA, behind the MTHs. This helps raise the arch that has fallen and leads to a better distribution of body weight upon all five MTHs rather than mostly MTH 2, 3, and 4.
How does MTA pain occur?
In MTA pain, there is an immediate tendency to place soft padding under the area of the pain at the MTHs. However, as in the self-defeating callous formations, such padding brings more weight upon the painful MTHs. The MTA may be permanently collapsed.
What is forefoot MTA collapse?
Forefoot MTA collapse is more apt to be found at the foot of the shorter leg. In an attempt to compensate for a short leg, and to level the sacral table, there is the tendency to diminish the use of the heightening lift from the forefoot of the longer leg by walking more upon the heel.