KT Tape: Heel

[Music] Hi I’m Chris Harper and with me is Makayla And we are here to demonstrate
and application for heel pain. This can be pain at the heel or very
low back of the ankle. Some causes of this may be overuse,
repetitive impact activities, poorly fitting or worn shoes, or ankle
and calf tightness. KT Tape helps treat this condition by
relaxing the associated muscles approximating tissue to form an addition
natural pad. For this application, we are going to place
the ankle in dorsiflexion or in other words, bring those toes toward the ankle as much
as possible. And we’re going to tear off our first piece, one full strip. We’re going
to twist and tear the backing paper right down the middle and peeling that back
being careful not to touch the adhesive, just handle the paper of the tape. We’re going to place this just under the heel with about eighty-percent stretch so if you
stretch it all the way and then back off just a little
bit. That’s about right. We’re going to angle this tape as we
apply it with that stretch so it end up just behind the ankle bones. We’re going to remove that last little bit
of tape from the ankle bones on up with absolutely zero stretch, we’re going
to do this exact same thing on the opposite side of the foot, the outside part of the
foot. We’re going to give that a quick rub just
to create to make sure that it is adhering well that helps heat up the adhesive. We’re going to take our next full strip we’re going to twist and tear the backing
paper again, right in the middle of the tape. Peel that back, being careful not to touch
the adhesive We’re going to place this behind the heel
again with eighty-percent stretch. We’re going to lay that down, and as we come
towards the mid-food, we’re going to easy off that tension applying that last
bit of paper with absolutely zero stretch. Same thing on the opposite side Just on the outside pare to of the foot,
laying that down with absolutely zero stretch. Ok, and for our last piece we’re going to
take another full strip And this time we are going to twist and tear
down towards the logo end of the tape to create an anchor, this is going to be applied
just ahead of the other pieces on the mid foot, the sole of the foot. Give that a good rub, we’re going to remove
the paper backing leaving a little bit on the handles, don’t touch the adhesive. This
time we are going to apply this with about fifty percent stretch, so back that
about half way off. We’re going to apply this right under the
heel and along that achilles tendon rubbing that down, then again the last little
bit of tape or just going to apply that with absolutely zero stretch Tap that arch down, and give the whole thing
a good friction rub. Excellent! Again that friction creates heat
and that allows the adhesive to really stick to the skin. Ok now rub the whole thing very well. Okay, some tips before apply this is to make
sure you clean the skin very well. Remove any skin oils, or lotions. You can wear socks to sleep so
the tape doesn’t get rolled up on the sheets. Some complementary treatments may include
light massaging, stretching, ice, rest, and properly fitting shoes. Please seek care if you have excessive
swelling bruising or sever pain. For more information visit our website at

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