How to tape a painful forefoot

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Pain in the bottom of your foot can come from different reasons. Often, it’s from putting too much pressure on it, like wearing high heels that are too tight or walking on uneven surfaces. Having a weakened arch in the front of your foot (known as a staggered foot) can also cause pain in the ball of your foot. Using tape can help ease the pressure on the ball of your foot and lessen the associated pain.

If you’re dealing with ongoing pain in the sole of your foot, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to figure out why. Depending on what’s causing it, you might need specific treatments like special shoe inserts to support your arch, physical therapy, or medicine.

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 painful forefoot

Tips for a good foot taping application:

  • 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: 3.
Technique: ligament technique (maximum/full stretch).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Sit on a chair and place the foot to be treated on the knee of the other leg.
  2. Measure the length of the first two tapes from the ball of the big toe to the ball of the little toe.
  3. Measure the third tape from the bottom of the toes, over the Achilles tendon, up to above the heel.


Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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  1. Tear the release paper of the first tape in half and fold the paper away on both sides.
  2. Attach the centre piece directly to the lower edge of the toes at maximum stretch. In doing so, you must pull the toes towards you.
  3. The two anchors end without stretching at the top of the foot.
  4. The second tape is applied using the same application technique, overlapping by approximately 2 cm.
  5. Place the base of the third tape without stretching and lengthwise at the lower edge of the toes. Pull the toes towards the body. Now apply the tape with 50% stretch over the entire sole of the foot up to above the Achilles tendon with the anchors without stretch.
  6. Finally, rub the tapes gently.

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  • 176 pages of clear written instructions
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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.