Heel Pain Taping

Heel Pain taping is one of the best non-invasive methods for treating this condition.

What Is Heel Pain Taping?

This technique employs a controlled application of athletic tape in order to provide support to the plantar ligament and tissues to prevent it from being overly stretched. Taping will also immobilize and stabilize the tendon, all of which helps to reduce the help pain caused by Heel Pain. Taping is not only a corrective treatment but can used as a preventative measure as well. One of the benefits of using tape to treat or prevent Heel Pain is that normal activity levels needn’t be reduced.

How Does Heel Pain Taping Treat the Condition?

When used for treatment of Heel Pain taping works by providing the following benefits:

  • It reduces pain symptoms because through support of the plantar ligament.
  • Support of the plantar ligament reduces inflammation.
  • Taping usually does not interfere with daily activities.
  • Taping usually does not interfere with athletic training and competition.

When used as at treatment option for Heel Pain, 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 Heel Pain Taping Prevent the Condition?

Taping is an effective way to prevent Heel Pain as it provides the following benefits:

  • Taping prevents over-stretching of fascia tissues, which is a primary cause of this Heel Pain.
  • Taping gives support to the foot and ankle
  • It corrects deviations in alignment that may contribute to injury or irritation of the plantar fascia.

It is best to apply tape previous to any training sessions or before going to work in the morning as this is the best time to prevent injury or irritation from occurring or getting worse.

Does Everyone Respond Well to Heel Pain Taping?

Everyone has unique response to various methods of treatment. The success rate of Heel Pain taping also depends on the level of injury. Taping was originally developed for athletic use so that training and competition could still be completed despite a case of Heel Pain, and this is still the area where the technique is most heavily used. It is especially popular as a preventive measure and is often used when an athlete has already suffered from this condition.

What is the Best Heel Pain Taping Method?

The primary purpose of Heel Pain taping is to stabilize the plantar tendon and reduce its stretching limit. It’s usually best to have a specialist or sports trainer apply the tape until you have mastered the skill yourself. Here’s what to expect when using the Heel Pain taping method:

  • The tape will be applied in strips along the arch and they will cross in the middle of the foot in order to stabilize the ligament.
  • The tape will then be applied around the base of the toes and the side of the foot.
  • More tape will be applied across the arch, from side to side, until the foot is completely covered.

Tape is best applied either in the morning before the day begins or right before a workout session. The tape should be removed on a nightly basis. As symptoms improve less tape can be applied; two or three lengthwise strips of tape on the sole of the foot running from the ball to the heel of the foot may be sufficient.

Are There Any Risks Involved with Heel Pain Taping?

While Heel Pain taping is a non-invasive treatment lacking in truly worrisome side effects there are a few things you should be aware of:

  • Skin may be removed along with the tape.
  • If tape is left on in excess of a few hours per session skin irritation or an over-relaxation of the ligament may occur.
  • Taping is ineffective when incorrectly or loosely applied.
  • If taping is excessively tight it can cause bruising.
  • Infection may occur from skin abrasions caused by overuse.

These risks can be minimized by purchasing proper athletic strapping tape (check pharmacies and sports stores) and by applying tape to clean, dry skin only. The biggest danger of taping is actually dependence from over-use, so be sure to monitor your situation so that you know when you can safely take a break from Heel Pain taping.

How Can I Tell if Heel Pain Taping Will Help Me?

The only real way to tell if Heel Pain taping will help you is to try it and see. It’s best to have a professional apply the tape while you watch, but you can also try it on your own following the directions above. Have the tape applied—or apply the tape yourself—before leaving for work in the morning or before working out.

If the tape tightens a little when you stand the chances are good that you have applied it correctly. Pain relief may occur immediately but don’t worry if it does not; you may have to try it a couple of times before you experience relief.

Many people find Heel Pain taping is the best solution for them not only because it reduces pain levels but because it allows them to continue with their usual daily activities and levels of physical activity without fear of re-injury.

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