How to tape your achilles tendon

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In particular runners often have problems with the Achilles tendon. Excessive body weight or an incorrect position of the foot can also cause pain in the Achilles tendon. The pain is usually felt a few centimetres above the heel and sometimes the tendon is also clearly thickened. The following tape application can help actively support and somewhat stabilise the Achilles tendon. In addition, it is suggested to train the Achilles tendons with special exercises.

How to tape your achilles tendon

Tips for a good foot taping application:

  • Is the cause of the complaint or pain clear?
  • Check if there any contraindications for not taping.
  • Before you start taping, carefully read the instructions.
  • Choose a colour of tape, any colour that fits your mood!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Do not stretch the tape at the beginning and the end.
  • Rub the tape well for adhesion. Heat activates the adhesive layer.
  • Showering or swimming is possible, pat the tape dry after it gets wet. Do not rub it hard.
  • It is easier to remove the tape with body or massage oil.
Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your foot

In the self-taping instructions, I have chosen taping applications that are easy to apply yourself. In order to make this treatment safe, I give practical tips, which you should take into account before, during and after a tape treatment. They are based on my years of practical experience. If the complaints persist, always consult a therapist or doctor.

Christina Peter, Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor

Instructions

Tape

Shape:I-Tape.
Number of strips: 1.
Technique: ligament technique (large stretch).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Sit on a chair and measure the length of the tape from the base of the heel to halfway up the calf. The tape will lengthen considerably due to the stretching of the tape during application.

 

Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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  1. Place the base of the tape on the underside of the heel without stretching.
  2. Loosen the release paper up to the last centimetre. Stretch your sore leg a little and stretch the tip of your foot towards you.
  3. Apply the tape with a good stretch and without folds, over the Achilles tendon. Reduce the stretch on the tape from the middle of the calf and finish without stretching at the back of the knee.
  4. Do not let the tape end in the hollow of the knee. The skin in this area is very sensitive and can be irritated by the tape.
  5. Fix the tape by rubbing it firmly.

Learn how to tape

Want to learn how to apply tape yourself*? We have created the ultimate guide for that! This helpful guide contains:

  • 30 taping instructions for common injuries that taping can help you with
  • 176 pages of clear written instructions
  • 200 step-by-step instructions accompanied by photo’s, illustrations and scannable video’s through QR codes

What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!

*This book is intended for people who want to tape an injury or complaint themselves. If uncertain about the complaint, consult a physiotherapist.

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Disclaimer
Please note that the indicated tape applications and information on our website about the possibilities with kinesiology tape have not yet been scientifically proven. The statements and examples mentioned are based on long-term experiences of patients and trained therapists.

Contraindications not to tape: pregnancy, open wounds, broken bones, unexplained complaints, allergies and skin diseases, use of medication such as blood thinners, thrombosis and fever. Always apply tape in consultation with a specialist.

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