Plantar Fasciitis taping can be very effective in the early stages of heel pain, and it is a great way of giving instant relief at the time of consultation.
Imagine that your foot is like a loose bag of bones, and every time your foot hits the floor these bones are going to spread out in every direction. The plantar fascia, as well as some muscles and ligaments, is responsible for gluing these bones together and preventing this spread. So, every step that you take, there is an extremely large load running through the plantar fascia from the heel through to the toes.
By applying rigid sports tape around the foot the tape can reduce the spread of the bones and therefore reduce the strain on the Plantar Fascia. Patients with Plantar Fasciitis will feel instant relief as they start to walk following their Plantar Fasciitis taping.
Plantar Fasciitis taping achieves good results when patients with Heel Pain get to the clinic soon and receive treatment early. The patient can be shown the technique and the correct positioning of the tape, so that they can repeat it themselves at home. We can get the patient to take photos of the Plantar fasciitis taping with their smart phone so that they can reapply it accurately.
Some patients will come back to the clinic a couple of times for their Plantar Fasciitis taping until they are confident in applying it themselves. If the tape is applied soon enough following the onset of injury then the condition can sometimes settle down within a few weeks.
Plantar fasciitis taping is less effective when the condition is well established and the pain level high. It can still take the edge off the Heel Pain while other treatments are put in place, but the condition is less likely to resolve with taping alone.
There are many ways of applying tape to the foot that’s affected with Plantar Fasciitis and some wok better than others. We are careful not to bind the foot and so not to “cut into” the plantar fascia, at the risk of aggravating it. Instead we run the tape around the back and the sides of the foot, and apply tape across the top and the sides of the metatarsals.
It is also important to use a rigid sports tape that has no give. Any flex in the tape will render it ineffective.
For a detailed description of our treatment at Sydney Heel Pain Clinic, click on the link to our treatment page: Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Written by Karl Lockett