How to Tape: Foot

posted May 22, 2012, 7:43 PM by LASP Team   [ updated May 22, 2012, 7:43 PM ]
This is the third video in our "How to Tape" series. Previous videos can be found on our YouTube channel.
 
This taping technique is used to support the arch of the foot. This can help with Plantar Fascitis and other painful foot conditions. It can also help with alignment issues of the whole lower limb, or to trial prior to the purchase of orthotics.
 
This taping technique should only be used after consultation with your Physiotherapist and will not help all foot injuries.
 
We stock a large range of taping supplies at competitive price at both Lifestyle and Sports Physiotherapy clinics.
Taping Principles:
  • Remove any hair, preferably the day before
  • Clean skin thoroughly, using an alcohol wipe (or similar) to allow firm adhesion of the tape
Application:
  • Avoid creases or folds in the tape. These can create pressure points or blisters.
  • Avoid applying taping over edges of bones or promiment tendons. This may cause tape to cut in.

Skin Irritation can be caused by:

  • Tape being too tight
  • Rough removal of tape
  • Leaving tape on the skin for too long
  • Allergic Reaction to the adhesive in the tape

Avoid Skin Irritation by:

  • Good skin preparation and taping techniques
  • Use skin preparation sprays
  • Trial different brands of tape
  • Use hypoallergenic underwrap to avoid allergic reactions
Position yourself:
  • Avoid awkard positions. Look after your back.
  • Have all equipment (tape and scissors) located close to you.
If you would like to speak to a Physiotherapist about your foot, or to have your foot injury assessed, please call us on (02) 4647 3373.
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