Plantar Fasciitis Taping

 

Plantar fasciitis taping is an extremely effective method for treating and preventing inflammation and soreness in foot and heel while maintaining daily activity levels.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis Taping?


This method of treatment uses a specialized application of athletic tape to support the plantar ligament so that it is well supported and does not endure excessive stretching. A stable, well supported tendon is less likely to become, or remain, inflamed. Taping can used for either treatment or prevention of plantar fasciitis.

How Does Plantar Fasciitis Taping Treat the Condition?

Plantar fasciitis taping treats this condition through the following means:
• When the plantar ligament is properly supported pain and inflammation are significantly diminished.
• Taping generally allows patients to maintain their daily activity levels.
• Taping generally allows athletes to continue to train and compete in athletic events.
When used as at treatment option for plantar fasciitis, taping should be combined with other methods such as icing, elevating the feet after weight bearing activities, stretching and the use of NSAIDS to reduce inflammation. Taping the feet three times a week is generally sufficient for satisfactory results.

How Does Plantar Fasciitis Taping Prevent the Condition?

Taping can effectively prevent the onset of plantar fasciitis by creating the following advantages:
• Over-stretching of fascia tissues is prevented and this greatly reduces the risk of inflammation and plantar fasciitis from developing.
• Taping provides the same benefits through its support of biomechanics of the foot and ankle.
• Abnormal alignment causing injury or irritation of the plantar fascia may be entirely prevented through the use of plantar fasciitis taping.
Tape should be applied before undertaking training sessions or going to work for maximum prevention of injury or inflammation.

Does Everyone Respond Well to Plantar Fasciitis Taping?

Individuals respond differently to different treatments, but plantar fasciitis taping has a good record in both the treatment and prevention of this affliction. Positive response to any type of treatment often depends on the severity of the injury or level of inflammation.

This particular treatment was developed for use by athletes who were suffering from plantar fasciitis but who did not wish to skip training or competition, and this remains the most common use for it even today. It is frequently used as a preventative measure in athletes who have previously suffered from plantar fasciitis.

What is the Best Plantar Fasciitis Taping Method?

If you are interested in trying plantar fasciitis taping the best thing to do is to find an athletic trainer or physiotherapist experienced with the process and pay careful attention while they apply the tape. If this is not an option for you most pharmacies carry athletic tape and you can apply it yourself using the following method:
1. Apply the tape in strips along your arch so they cross in the centre of your foot. This will help to support your ligament.
2. Apply the tape around the bottom of your toes and along the side of your foot.
3. Apply more tape across your arch, from one side to the other, until your foot is covered.

Remember: Tape is best applied before you leave your house for work or right before you undertake intense physical activity. Be sure to remove the tape in the evening. As your condition improves you can apply tape minimally—two or three strips applied from the ball of your foot to the heel of your foot will likely suffice.

Risks Involved with Plantar Fasciitis Taping

Plantar fasciitis taping has few risks involved with it; however, there are several things to be aware of if you decide to try this treatment:

• Some of your skin may come off with the tape. This isn’t guaranteed to happen, but it could.
• If you do not remove the tape when you are at rest you risk developing skin irritations and/or atrophy of the ligament.
• Taping must be correctly applied to be effective.
• Excessively tight taping can constrict blood vessels and cause bruises to appear.
• Infection may result if skin is removed along with the tape.

By purchasing proper athletic strapping tape at the pharmacy or a sports store you can reduce the risks involved with this method of treatment. Tape should also only be applied to clean, dry skin. The most significant risk of plantar fasciitis taping however is developing a dependency on it as a result of using it too much, so keep an eye on your level of injury and recovery and start reducing usage as soon as it is safe to do so.

How do I know that Plantar Fasciitis Taping Will Help Me?

You will only know if this method is right for you by trying it. Having a professional show you how to do the initial taping is tremendously informative and will ensure that you aren’t judging this treatment on an inaccurate application technique. You can also try the technique on your own by purchasing athletic tape and following the directions.

If correctly applied the tape it should tighten a little when you stand, and bear in mind that while pain relief may be immediate it can also take a few sessions before you really notice any difference.
Plantar fasciitis taping is a great option not only for athletes but for busy people who do not wish to slow down their daily activities while undergoing treatment. It is also a great option for people who wish to prevent plantar fasciitis from fully developing or recurring once again.

 

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