Tips on Taping for Plantar Fasciitis
For many plantar fasciitis sufferers, their search for pain relief can lead them down many pathways. If you’re like me, the foot pain would strike as soon as I got out of bed in the morning. The first few steps that I would take out of bed felt like I was walking on broken glass. And as the day went on, my foot pain increased exponentially!
I’ve been receiving many emails of late asking about the effectiveness of taping for plantar fasciitis and whether or not it is effective. I can honestly say that for me, plantar fasciitis taping techniques were not effective but there are others who absolutely swear by this simple techniques for plantar fasciitis pain relief.
Now before we get started, you should know that there is a right way and a wrong way to apply tape for plantar fasciitis pain relief. Please make sure you follow these steps below in order to do it correctly!
Note: Make sure you use 1.5 inch tape.
7 Tips for Successful Plantar Fasciitis Taping
Step 1: You first must create an anchor strip around the back of your heel to the sides of your foot and then across where your toe bones(matatarsel bones) start. It should form a “U-Shape” with a strip across the top.
Step 2: Next, beginning at the your pinky toe (5th metatarsal head), follow the side of the foot up(in this case, the left side of the foot, overlap the tape) and then come around your heel and across to finish where you started.
Step 3: Simply repeat the above process, starting and finishing at your big toe bone(1st metatarsal head).
Step 4: Next, use the tape to criss-cross your arch but make sure you do it three times each way. So 3 times again from the side of the foot to the pinky toe and 3 times from the opposite side of the foot(in this case the left side) to the big toe.
Step 5: Fully close off the bottom of your foot(the plantar fascia region) with 1.5 inch tape, tear off a piece at a time until the bottom of your foot is fully covered in tape. (Note: do not wrap the tape around the top of the foot)
Step 6: Finish by covering the anchor strips with two more anchor strips.
Step 7: Plantar Fasciitis Taping Technique fully completed
So there you have it. Some simple steps and tips on how to tape your foot for plantar fasciitis pain relief. Give it a try and please let me know if you need further explanation. Again, this taping technique works for some and not for others, so the only way to know is to give it a shot.