Windlass Taping Technique for Symptomatic Relief of Plantar Fasciitis

Date of Award

Summer 8-1997

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Rehabilitation Sciences


Physical Therapy

Committee Director

John L. Echternach

Committee Member

Martha Walker

Committee Member

George Maihafer

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.P45 E76


This study investigated the biomechanical and symptomatic effects of a newly described taping technique to support the longitudinal arch in symptomatic plantar fasciitis patients. The subjects were 20 individuals all diagnosed by a physician with unilateral plantar fasciitis, ambulating full weight-bearing without an assistive device.

Measurements were taken pre and post-taping for calcaneal position, tibial position and navicular height, with the subjects serving as their own control. The subjects also reported pain level pre and post tape using a visual analog scale. The statistical analysis performed on the biomechanical data was the t-test, and Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed ranks test was performed on the visual analog scale data.

It was concluded that the Windlass Taping Technique" provided symptomatic relief at a statistically significant level. The taping technique also provided measurable, biomechanical changes in pronation.


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