When I initially hurt my foot back in June, one of the first things I did to help promote healing and relieve pain was wear kinesiology tape. I was able to find some information online about how to tape the area and I definitely think it has helped throughout this process.
I will say this though- the foot is a really difficult place to tape during the summer. My feet are constantly getting sweaty and I have found that most brands of tape come off so easily. I had gone through probably 4 rolls of tape that I ordered on Amazon when I was contacted by TheraBand to try their brand of tape.
TheraBand kinesiology tape uses Xact Stretch Technology to take the guess-work out of tape application. The tape has guide indicators on each strip to help users know how much they have stretched the tape. There are pictures to indicate what the tape will look like when stretched to 25% and 50%.
It also has a strong adhesive that should last up to 5 days. I have already had more luck with this tape staying on than any other brand I have tried. I even noticed that when I first applied the tape it seemed to stick better to my skin than other brands. I haven’t worn it for 5 days straight because I am also taping the arch of my foot with regular medical tape before I run. Usually when the medical tape comes off, the kinesiology tape starts to pull away too. I think that once I stop using the medical tape for my arch that this tape would easily last 4-5 days.
I started using this tape about 2 weeks ago, around the same time that I saw a big improvement in how my foot was feeling. It’s hard to say if this particular tape had any role in that, but it definitely supported the muscle just as much, if not more, than the other brands of tape I was using.
Kinesiology tape can be used for a variety of muscular or joint problems. In the past I have also used it on my quad, piriformis, and calf. You have probably seen other runners wearing this kind of tape on their knees and achilles as well. It can be a bit challenging to learn to do this on your own, but I like that TheraBand tape helps you to make sure you are using the correct amount of stretch.
I was using the tape on a less common area, so there was no specific video for it. For most common injuries there are video instructions here.
I also just wanted to make a note that since the time I took these pictures I have actually been trying some different ways to tape the area. My PT suggested moving it a little more towards the front of my leg and starting it more underneath my foot vs on the other side of my ankle.
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Disclaimer: I received a roll of Theraband kinesiology tape in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post.
Have you ever used kinesiology tape?
What is your most vulnerable area to injury that could use a little extra support from this tape?