How to tape calves for cramping or muscle pain

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Have you ever dealt with calf cramps or other types of calf pain? These issues can often resolve on their own, but if they persist, there’s a simple taping technique you can try. Not only is this method effective for acute discomfort, but it can also help prevent nighttime calf cramps and muscle pain. Let’s explore how to apply this taping method step by step and learn how it can provide relief and support for your calves.

Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your calves

When taping your calves, it’s crucial to choose a tape that provides strong adhesion and support. That’s why I recommend CureTape kinesiology tape. For regular use, CureTape Classic or Art is ideal. However, if you’re engaging in extreme sports or swimming, opt for the extra sticky CureTape Sports variant!

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

How to tape painful calves

Tips for Effective Calve 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: 1.
Technique: muscle technique (slight pull).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Sit down or stand up and stretch the calves by bending the leg forward.
  2. Measure the length of the tape from the heel to the back of the knee. Cut the tape in half up to the last 10 cm.


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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Step 5:

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  1. Place the base of the wide section on the underside of the heel without stretching. Always ensure that there are no wrinkles in the tape.
  2. Pull your foot towards you until you feel a stretch in the calf.
  3. Release the first tape up to the last 5 cm of the release paper and apply the tape with slight tension around the outer muscle belly edge of the calf.
  4. Place the second tape around the inner muscle belly edge of the calf in the same way.
  5. Rub the tapes on well.
  6. Make sure that the two ends of the tapes do not end in the hollow of the knee. This area is very sensitive and the tape may cause irritation.

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

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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.