How to tape a bunion (hallux valgus)

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Hallux valgus, also called a bunion, is when your big toe points inward, causing a bony bump on the side of your foot. It’s a common foot problem. This happens when the first metatarsal bone shifts outward, making your foot wider. There are many reasons for it, like wearing tight shoes, genetics, or spending a lot of time standing. Flat feet often play a role too. Over time, your big toe can get bent out of shape. The CureTape application we’re talking about here can help ease discomfort like redness, pain, and sensitivity to pressure. But it won’t fix the bunion or permanently change its shape. If the pain continues for a while or spreads to other toes, it’s best to see a specialist. Using things like good shoes, inserts, night splints, and exercises for your feet and toes can help lessen the pain.

Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your foot

When you’re taping your foot, it’s crucial to use a kinesiology tape that sticks securely. Feet can get sweaty, and with all the movement, there’s a lot of friction. That’s why I recommend using CureTape Sports. This type of tape is specially designed to be extra sticky, 30% more than regular CureTape, ensuring that your tape stays in place for longer!

Christina Peter, Sports Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor for CureTape since 2003

How to tape a bunion

Tips for Effective Bunion Taping:

  • Make sure you understand what’s causing the pain or discomfort
  • Check if there are any reasons why taping might not be a good idea.
  • Before you start, read the instructions carefully.
  • Choose a tape colour or print that suits your style!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Avoid stretching the tape at the beginning and end.
  • Rub the tape firmly for better adhesion; warmth helps activate the adhesive.
  • You can shower or swim with the tape on; just pat it dry gently afterward, avoiding vigorous rubbing.
  • To remove the tape easily, use body or massage oil.



Number of strips: 2.
Technique: correction technique (big stretch).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Sit on a chair and put your lower leg on the other leg to easily reach the foot to be treated.
  2. Measure the required tape length for the first tape from the outside of the big toe to the heel. Cut in the tape approximately 5 cm on one side.
  3. For the second tape, measure from the ball of the big toe across the top of your foot to the outside of the ankle. Cut in the tape to the last 5 cm.


Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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  1. Carefully place the strips of the first tape (base) around the big toe. Make sure there are no wrinkles! Pull the tape with a good stretch in the direction of the heel, following the inside of the foot. Rub the tape on well.
  2. Place the base of the second tape under the ball of the foot.
  3. The first strip follows the toe line at the top of the foot with slight stretching.
  4. The second tape strip runs across the top of the foot and ends just before the side of the ankle.
  5. Finally, rub the tapes well.

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  • 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

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*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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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.