Kinesiology Taping for Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis

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Kinesiology taping can reduce heel pain (i.e. heel spurs, plantar fasciitis & heel splints) and stimulate a faster recovery.

What is a heel spur?

In general, 10% of the population will have to deal with heel spurs. The Kinesiology Taping Concept has a successful application that can help with heel pain complaints, such as heel spurs, heel splints and plantar fasciitis. CureTape® kinesiology tape can reduce pain in these conditions and stimulate a faster recovery.

A heel spur is a calcification of the tendon plate on the heel bone, which sometimes causes inflammation of the band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes. This is called plantar fasciitis (plantar fascia inflammation). An X-ray image will show calcification, with the formation of a hook like heel spur at the location of the attachment of the tendon that runs to the forefoot.


Heel spur and plantar fasciitis symptoms

Both types of heel pain will have similar symptoms. The symptoms are usually worse when getting up in the morning and both pain and stiffness are likely to be felt. Usually the symptoms disappear on their own, but if the pain gets worse over time, treatment with CureTape is recommended to reduce the pain. Heel spur symptoms are:

  • Heel pain and stiff-feeling foot in the morning
  • Heel pain when standing or walking for a long time
  • Severe sharp pain on the side of the heel
  • Slight swelling under the heel

Kinesiology taping valuable addition for heel spur/plantar fasciitis treatment

Heel spur and plantar fasciitis inflammation consist of very similar symptoms, therefore their strapping treatments are also very similar. Various professional practitioners such as physiotherapists, podiatrists and osteopaths offer treatments for heel spurs. These treatments generally contain stretching exercises, massages or insoles. Kinesiology taping offers a valuable addition to this toolset.

Taping instructions for Heel spur and plantar fasciitis

There are different ways to tape for a heel spur and plantar fasciitis. The following example is a successful application to treat heel pain and stimulate a faster recovery.

The client lies down in the prone position with the foot raised in dorsiflexion. Two CureTape strips of approximately 15cm are cut and an additional slightly smaller strip of kinesiology tape. Tear the paper backing in the center of the tape. Stick the tape with full stretch, starting just before the pain point under the heel and finishing around the heel. The second strip of tape is applied in the same way, with a 50% overlay to the previous tape. To fixate the tape better, you can use the third strip of tape to cover over the anchors.


Strapping tip – Use CureTape® Sports for foot problems

The foot is a sensitive area for taping, socks and shoes are worn over the taping application which can cause the skin to sweat excessively. This may cause the taping application to come off sooner than other applications. CureTape Sport has a viscose upper layer, is just as comfortable to wear as cotton, feels supple and dries quickly. This tape also has 25% more adhesive power, which makes this variant very suitable for tape applications under / on the foot.

CureTape® in short:

CureTape - Kinesiology tape

✓  Elastic, breathable, self-adhesive tape

✓  High-quality cotton with latex-free elasticity

✓  Anti-allergic acrylic adhesive layer

✓  Waterproof, showering with tape is no problem

✓  Without added substances

✓  TÜV certified

Please note that applications provided on our website are not clinically proven. All mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed physiotherapists and/or other health professionals.

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