L is for Low Dye Strapping

November 22, 2012

Low Dye Strapping is a commonly applied tape on the foot to try and stop the foot pronating, especially in those with overuse injuries associated with overpronation.

Low Dye strapping is a taping technique commonly used in the field of podiatry (foot care) to provide support and alleviate pain in the foot and ankle. It is named after its developers, Dr. Ralph Dye and Dr. Walter Low.

The purpose of Low Dye strapping is to stabilize and control excessive motion in the foot, particularly the arch and the heel. It is often used to manage conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot), and other foot and ankle injuries.

The technique involves applying adhesive tape in a specific manner to create a supportive structure around the foot. The tape is typically applied from the base of the toes to the heel and may extend up the lower leg. It aims to provide compression, support the arch, and limit excessive pronation or supination (outward rolling) of the foot during walking or other weight-bearing activities.

Low Dye strapping is usually performed by a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist or physiotherapist, who has been trained in the technique. The tape used for strapping is typically non-elastic and provides stability without restricting normal foot movement.

It is important to note that Low Dye strapping is a temporary measure to manage symptoms and is often combined with other treatments such as stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy to address the underlying causes of foot pain or dysfunction. It is essential to consult a healthcare professional for a proper assessment and guidance regarding the use of Low Dye strapping for a specific condition.


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