How to Strap the Foot for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is a condition experienced by many people, causing intense pain in the heel and soles of the feet. As its name states (-itis usually denotes inflammation in a part of the body), it is inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. This condition is most commonly caused by overuse, improper footwear, or foot misalignment.
Plantar fasciitis taping
Strapping the foot with kinesiology tape or athletic tape is done to provide support to the foot and alleviate pain. While this should not be done as a long-term solution for plantar fasciitis, it can be very effective in providing temporary relief.
How to strap the foot for plantar fasciitis:
- Place an anchor strip of tape on the inside of the arch.
- The next strip should attach at the anchor, wrap around the heel, and then loop back up towards the big toe. Repeat this once with an additional piece of tape.
- Repeat the above technique, except this time the strip of tape should wrap around the heel in the opposite direction and run towards the pinky toe.
- Place another anchor strip at the arch.
- Trim off the excess edges, then using small strips of tape, cover the above strips to the base of the foot and secure them in place. Loose edges should also be covered up so that they do not irritate the patient’s foot when they walk.
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