Short-Term Effects of Kinesiotaping on Pain and Joint Alignment in Conservative Treatment of Hallux Valgus

Karabicak G. O., BEK N., Tiftikci U.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, vol.38, no.8, pp.564-571, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2015.09.001
  • Journal Name: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.564-571
  • Keywords: Hallux Valgus, Pain, Conservative Treatment, FOOT, ORTHOSIS, RELIABILITY, SURGERY
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


© 2015 National University of Health Sciences.Objective The main aim of this study was to measure short-term effects of kinesiotaping on pain and joint alignment in the conservative treatment of hallux valgus. Method Twenty-one female patients diagnosed with a total of 34 feet with hallux valgus (13 bilateral, 6 right, and 2 left) participated in this study. Kinesiotaping was implemented after the first assessment and renewed in days 3, 7, and 10. The main outcome measures were pain, as assessed using visual analog scale, and hallux adduction angle, as measured by goniometry. Secondary outcome measure was patients' functional status, as measured by Foot Function Index and the hallux valgus scale of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). The radiographic results were also measured before and after 1 month of treatment. The Wilcoxon test was used to compare the differences between initial and final scores of AOFAS, as well as FFI scales and hallux valgus angle assessment scores. Results There was a significant reduction in goniometric measurement of hallux valgus angle (P =.001). There was a significant reduction in pain intensity (P =.001) and AOFAS and Foot Function Index scores at the end of the treatment (P =.001 and P =.001, respectively). There was a significant difference between radiographic results in 1-month control (P =.009). Conclusions For this group of female patients, pain and joint alignment were improved after a 10-day kinesiotape implementation in patients with hallux valgus. The findings showed short-term decreased pain and disability in hallux valgus deformity.