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The Effect of Exercise and Time on the Height and Width of the Medial Longitudinal Arch Following the Modified Reverse-6 and the Modified Augmented Low-Dye Taping Procedures.

Authors: Cornwall M, McPoil TG, Fair A

No evidence exits regarding the magnitude of the change in foot posture following the “modified reverse-6” (MR6) taping procedure, either alone or in combination with the “low-dye” (LD) taping technique. The purpose of this study was to investigate the change in the height and width of the mid-foot after application of the MR6 and the MR6 plus the LD (MR6+LD) taping technique and determine how long those changes last.  The authors found that the dorsal arch height increased significantly with both the MR6 and MR6+LD taping, but only the changes seen after the application of MR6+LD remained statistically greater after four hours, after a bout of exercise, and at the end of the day. The mean width of the mid-foot significantly decreased with both taping procedures.  The change in the width of the mid-foot remained significantly decreased in both taping conditions after exercise and throughout the day.  Therefore, the authors concluded that both taping procedures are able to significantly change the height and width of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot, but the change lasted longer when the two taping procedures were combined.

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