Paul Jenkins, one of the physical therapists at St. Louis Children’s hospital gives a step-by-step tutorial outlining kinesiotaping techniques for clubfoot. Clubfoot is a congenital foot deformity that affects the bones, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels of approximately one in every 1,000 children born. The foot is usually short and broad in appearance, with the heel pointing downward while the front half of the foot (forefoot) turns inward. Treatment for children with clubfoot is determined by your child’s doctor based on many factors including your child’s age, overall health, and medical history, the extent of the condition, and expectations for the course of the condition.
Kinesiotape is an elastic, cloth tape with a paper backing. This elasticity of the tape promotes movement for children with clubfoot, allowing for mobility in all directions. In clubfoot patients, we address the plantar flexion and inversion characteristics of clubfoot by applying the tape in a way which promotes dorsiflexion and eversion. These strips work together to target very specific muscle areas and will last about two to three days once applied.
Kinesiotapes are hypoallergenic and typically do not irritate the child’s skin, but if this is a concern we recommend that you apply a small test strip to the wrap area first. A child needs to have good mobility of the foot in order for kinesiotape to be effective in managing clubfoot. In some cases other interventions including stretching, casting, and surgeries must be done first.
Learn more about clubfoot treatment, visit http://www.stlouischildrens.org/diseases-conditions/clubfoot.
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Would this be good for MA?
My daughter is getting a wheaton afo for her left foot but her right also turns in... Just not a dramatic. They did tape her but it wasnt this tape and came right off.
Im contacting dobbs actually.. Just got his info this past week but would love to try this in the mean time. Im sure her PT or OT can help apply but your video was pretty good at explaining it.
There is a lot of color of the cast for the legs are for the arm are for the hands åre for the knee wipe the feet in the rainbow color of the cast he need to get help getting dress up for bed ånd å bath in the bathtub change the diaper
Agree with you Sammy,
dear Paul, the questions I have are:
1. Could you also show us a video of the child walking BEFORE tape was applied?
2. How long was the application applied?
3. When we consider the recoil of the tape I am not so sure you have the best results if you start under the foot, why did you chose this option? Have you tried starting proximally?
4. What was the function of the second tape? I do not really understand therapeutic goal thinking recoil tape again.
5. How long did the whole therapeutic taping last?
6. Can you tell us more about the effects long term?
Thanking you and hoping you see this and can respond. Esther de Ru https://www.facebook.com/ettped/
dear Paul, thank you for making and sharing this video. Am going to share it on the FB page called Elastic Therapeutic Taping... Would very much appreciate your feedback on the questions I have. I will be posing them there. kind regards Esther de Ru FB https://www.facebook.com/ettped/
Thanks so much for your response.it is much needed.and we highly obliged.i am saying that my son's doc advised us to brace n put the shoes on for night time and nap time in afternoon.we are doing that.i just want to ask can I use taping along with bracing and shoes(night and nap) when it's not his time to wear shoes
St. Louis Children's Hospdoctar I love in Pakistan city Lahore my baby have 1 and had years old and how can I get this tape in Pakistan pl guide mere and ol repledd am very tens to my baby boy
Doctor I live in pakitn. City Lahore plz guide me how can I get this tape for my 1 years old baby boy plz replied mere me very tens too my baby foots
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