KT Tape Plantar Fasciitis
Hi this is Chris Harper, here with Makayla to demonstrate an application for plantar fasciitis. This is where you have pain located on the underside of the heel, or arch of the foot. This may be caused by shortening, tightening, or inflammation of the connective tissue bands under the foot. This may be due from over training, poor fitting or worn shoes,.
Weight gain, over pronation, or abnormal foot structure. KT Tape helps treat this condition by offering support, and resting the tissues. For this application We’re going to cross our foot and ankle over our other knee, and we’re going to place the ankle in an up position, and same with the toes. We’re going to go into extension like this. Okay, we’re going to take our first full strip,.
And we’re going to twist and tear the paper backing to create an anchor point. We’re going to place this just behind the toes, and we’re applying this with absolutely no stretch on that piece of the tape. We’re going to make sure our toes stay in as much extension as we can hold. As we peel the paper off, we’re going to apply this with fifty percent stretch, So if you stretch out a hundred percent and back halfway off, We’re going to apply this now to the bottom of the heel, and then up and around the backside of the heel along the achilles tendon.
For the last part of this we’re going to apply that last bit of anchor with no stretch. Okay, we’re going to tap that bowstring of tape down to the bottom of the foot, and then rub that on really well so that it creates a little friction and heat, and adheres to the skin. Okay for our next piece, We’re going to take and tear and again create an anchor point, by twisting the paper backing and tearing that off. Okay, we need to measure this piece by going to the opposite or outside part of the foot.
Just in front of the heel, going up underneath the heel, and applying that anchor down with no stretch whatsoever. Okay, now we can peel that paper backing off. We’re going to lay this tape down to about where that ankle bone juts out. And then from there we’re now going to apply a bit of stretch nice and evenly throughout the tape. With about eighty percent stretch, we’re going around the heel, and then applying the opposite side.
With absolutely no stretch, so the end of that tape has no stretch on it. Okay, I’m going to give that a good rub to create some friction, some heat, to get it to adhere to the skin well. We’re going to take our last full strip, again twisting and tearing the paper backing. This time we’re going to apply this just behind, and on a slightly steeper angle than that first piece. Applying that anchor with absolutely no stretch on the tape and.
Peeling that paper backing off. From here we’re going to apply eighty percent stretch, just once we get below the ankle and around the foot underneath the arch. We apply the anchor end with absolutely no stretch. Now from here we’re just going to have to apply some really good friction as the ankle moves around quite a bit. This creates some heat and good adhesion to the skin. That looks great.
KT Tape Plantar Fasciitis II
This next application is for plantar fasciitis which is a condition where pain occurs in the bottom, or plantar, aspect of the foot. This can be caused from overuse, restrictive ankle range of motion, poor fitting or poor supporting shoes, and this is one way we can tape for it. Positioning for this application is to place the ankle in full dorcy flex or to flex the ankle up. I am also extending the toes and placing them against the table to hold them in extension. For my first piece of tape I am going to tear off an Istrip and then create an anchor down by the logo end of the tape (right here I am trying no to touch the tape with my own hands that can remove some of the adhesive) And from here I am placing that anchor down with no stretch; and from here, holding that anchor in place I am going to place moderate to full tension on the tape so a good stretch on there.
As I come up over the heel I can now lay that piece down with no tension, especially the end of the tape or the anchor. And now I am just going to rub that on, you can use some of the paper make sure that’s adhering by creating some friction some heat. The second part of this application is to tear off another I strip. I am going to (again) tear an anchor off the logo end of the tape. Then if the point of pain is by the heel or just ahead of that that is where you will want to lay this tape over. I am going to anchor this on the outside of the foot anchoring it down with no tension. From here I’m going to put full stretch on that tape as I come up across the arch.
Just below the anklebone I am going to ease that tension off and then lay the remainder of the tape with no stretch. So again no stretch on the anchor, full stretch across the arch, and as you get up to the ankle bone (the malleolus) I’m going to ease that tension off, and then no tension. If this does not reduce the symptoms, or if your symptoms (the pain) moves back towards the heel slightly you can now take a third piece of tape again forming an anchor down by the logo end of the tape, and place this overlapping that first piece by half (again no stretch on this portion of the tape). Full stretch across the bottom of the foot as I come up the inside or medial portion of the ankle I can ease that tension off right below that ankle bone that malleolus again, and then lay the remainder of the tape down with no stretch.
Ok, now I am going to give that a good, vigorous rub with the paper just again to create some friction and some heat and that creates some good adherence of that tape to the skin. And that’s one way to tape for plantar fasciitis!.