Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Clinical Scenario: History of acute ankle sprains can result in chronic ankle instability (CAI). Arthrokinematic changes resulting from CAI may restrict range of motion and contribute to postural control deficits. Mulligan or fibular reposition taping (FRT) has been suggested as a means to realign fibular positional faults and may be an effective way to improve postural control and balance in patients with CAI. Clinical Question: Is there evidence to suggest that FRT will improve postural control for patients with CAI in the affected limb compared with no taping? Summary of Key Findings: Three of the 4 included studies found no significant difference in postural control in patients receiving FRT compared with sham or no tape. Clinical Bottom Line: There is moderate evidence refuting the use of FRT to improve postural control in patients with CAI. Strength of Recommendation: There is grade B evidence to support that FRT does not improve postural control in people with CAI.
Original Publication Citation
Jackson, B. C., Medina, R. T., Clines, S. H., Cavallario, J. M., & Hoch, M. C. (2019). The effect of fibular reposition taping on postural control in individuals with chronic ankle instability: A critically appraised topic. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 28(2), 205-210. doi:10.1123/jsr.2017-0166
Jackson, Bradley C.; Medina, Robert T.; Clines, Stephanie H.; Cavallario, Julie M.; and Hoch, Mathew H., "The Effect of Fibular Reposition Taping on Postural Control in Individuals With Chronic Ankle Instability: A Critically Appraised Topic" (2019). Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty Publications. 59.