Plantar Fasciitis TapingHow to Tape Your Plantar Fascia for Pain Relief
Plantar fasciitis taping is often used as a method of treatment to alleviate stress on the plantar fascia ligament since it limits the movement of the fascia. It can relieve some pain and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and other inflammation-related foot pain.
All you need to tape your plantar fascia is basic athletic tape, which is available in most drug stores. Foot taping is widely used among athletes can ease some of the tension and stress placed on the plantar fascia ligament by limiting the amount of stretching it can do, therefore keeping it from stretching excessively which could result in tears in the fascia fibers.
How to Tape Your Plantar Fascia with Athletic Tape
Taping for plantar fasciitis is a relatively simple method used to help ease pain associated with the condition. Athletic tape can be applied in the morning do reduce strain throughout the day, or just prior to exercise to keep the fascia from moving too much during physical activity.
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It is recommended that the tape not be left on the foot all day as well as all night because this prevents the skin from being able to breathe. To help the tape stick, the feet should be cleaned with a non-moisturizing soap. In addition, feet should also be kept dry.
Does Plantar Fasciitis Taping Work?
The success of plantar fasciitis taping may vary depending on the person and on the severity of their individual case of plantar fasciitis. Some times taping will not yield any success in reducing pain. In other cases however taping may be able to decrease symptoms of plantar fasciitis, however it will not be able to completely heal and reverse the condition.
To maximize the amount of relief that can be achieved through plantar fasciitis taping, it is recommended that this treatment be used in two ways. First, this method can be used to help prevent the plantar fascia ligament from becoming over stretched during any physical activity such as running by simply preventing future occurrences of plantar fasciitis. For those who may currently be suffering from plantar fasciitis, taping would be most effective when used in combination with other treatment devices that not only are intended to relieve some symptoms in the short term, but also are effective in repairing the condition. HTP Heel Seats are a clinically proven method to do just that.
If taping does not relieve your plantar fasciitis pain, there are many other treatment options. Learn more about affordable, non-invasive plantar fasciitis solutions here.
Plantar Fasciitis Foot Taping Methods and Techniques:
Below is a suggested method to apply plantar fasciitis taping. With this technique, the plantar fascia is supported and its movement becomes limited, letting it rest while still allowing for overall mobility of the foot.
- Start by taping around the ball of the foot (metatarsal) area. Next, wrap another piece of tape around the heel and attach it to the tape around the ball of the foot.
- Place a strip of tape around the metatarsal region and then cross the mid-foot diagonally before wrapping it around the heel and crossing the mid-foot again. This is going to make an X shape across the mid-foot and will be responsible for giving support to the plantar fascia. You are going to make this wrap about three times to ensure its will hold up and create a strong support.
- Finish the taping by applying tape horizontally across the foot to cover the previous strips. When this is finished, the bottom (plantar) surface of the foot should be almost entirely covered from the metatarsal region to the heel. This will add the support necessary to allow the fascia ligament to rest.