Kinesiology taping is an inexpensive yet effective way to add support and ease the pain, especially for those who are active or like to play or compete in sports. There are many different kinds and ways to tape, so you can continue playing what you love!
Your feet are one of the most problematic areas on your body, and it’s no wonder because many people are using them all day. Sports, running, workouts, etc. can possibly lead to an injury or foot pain.
Work-related foot pain can happen from jobs such as construction, waiting tables, and others that require people to stand on their feet all day. Tape can be worn easily under ideal shoes to help prevent pain.
What Areas Taping Can Help
Your feet are complex, composed of muscles, nerves, the plantar fascia, and sesamoid to name a few of the targeted areas for taping. Taping can help athletes, individuals who workout, people who play sports, and people that suffer from everyday foot pain or irritation. Kinesiotaping can assist with problems in these areas:
- Recovery from operations
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arch discomfort
- Support for arches
- Bursitis in the foot or feet
There are different ways to tape to help with affected areas to help alleviate discomfort and increase recovery time.
One of the best things about kinesiology tape for your feet is that there is something for everyone. These specialty tapes come in a huge variety, and depending on what you need, it can help. Some tape comes in large, 1-inch rolls which you can cut how you see fit.
Others come pre-cut, like those that you place on the bottom of your foot. The heel is joined together with strips that emerge from it to completely address the entirety of the bottom of your foot or feet. Others come in an “x” pattern for use on the top, bottom, or Achilles tendon areas. There are thinner strips and very wide strips to target specific areas.
The tape can be applied a specific way to treat the area you need help with. It can be placed on the top of the foot, in an “x” pattern on the Achilles tendon, or run along the bottom of your foot to the back of your leg. You can completely wrap your ankle to add more support, wrapping it like a figure “8.”. Some people tape their heels and ankles, and others use pre-cut strips to apply to the top or bottom of their feet.
You can also use strips to help with bunion correction or place a small strip along the side of your foot to the back of your heel, and finish on the alternate side of your foot to help prevent blisters during your sport or activity. There are hundreds of different ways to tape for ankles, legs, calves, feet, toes, etc. that can help you.
Plantar fasciitis is a relatively common and irritating issue that athletes and sports competitors suffer from. The issue is caused when the plantar fascia is strained. This is the ligament that connects your toes to your heel and can be found in one or both feet. Two strips can be placed below the toes where the arch starts. Overlap the pieces a bit.
A large “x” can be made by placing one end of the tape on the strip and crossing it over the bottom of the foot, wrapping around the heel, and then back up to rest on the strips. You can add a second layer for more support if you wish.
Taping is an excellent option to help your feet. It is simple to apply, it is inexpensive, and it promotes a faster recovery as well as offers support.
Bio: Since starting Kicks Choice, Sarah has learned more about leg and foot health and is eager to share it with anyone who wants a healthier body.
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