Strapping (or taping) is the quickest way to relieve pain from Plantar Fasciitis. When sports tape is applied correctly, it acts like a sling, supporting your Plantar Fascia and preventing the arch from lowering, which is what causes the stretching and pain. At Foot Faults, we see a significant improvement in pain using taping.
In this video Senior Podiatrist Justin Hogg explains why strapping is his favourite short-term treatment in Plantar Fasciitis. Strapping tape is available from most pharmacies., and this technique is so simple you can do it yourself at home. Senior Podiatrist Mitchell Headrick will show you how in the video, using the “basket weave” technique.
Hi, I'm Justin Hogg from Foot Faults Podiatry and The Running Analysis Center. I've really been looking forward to making this video on what I believe is the single most effective way to reduce pain in the short term for Plantar Fasciitis. And what I love most about this strategy is when we use it on our patients that are in considerable pain, they can walk out of the clinic without hobbling. If you'd like to learn more about other at home remedies for Plantar Fasciitis, then stick around to the end because we've developed a useful resource just for you. Now, what technique am I talking about? I'm talking about strapping. Strapping is very useful for Plantar Fasciitis because it decreases the load on the Plantar Fascia and also the foot. Now I'm going to get Mitch, one of our other Senior Podiatrists to show you how to do this at home.
All right, so today I'm going to take you through a really simple technique for strapping the foot for Plantar Fasciitis. All you're going to need is rigid strapping tape and we're using the 40mm (width). To set up for this strapping, what you need is the ankle at 90 degrees, the foot holding straight up and we're going to measure an anchor strap from behind the fifth toe, to behind the first toe using the back of the tape.
We're going to then apply that gently on the skin without any tension. Then we're going to start with cross straps underneath the ankle. You apply that from directly underneath, using tension, pulling up. Again ensuring no creases, fixing just at the top of your anchor strap. Repeating that same process, we overlap by approximately half. We want to just keep working up the foot to support the arch.
Once we've reached the end, I want to just cover the end of the anchor strap, and then we're going to use a similar strap to the first, making sure that we've tied off all the edges. So we attach on one side, apply a little bit of pressure to the foot and ask the client to relax, so that you get a bit of foot spread. Now loosely apply the final strap, so we're not cutting off circulation to the toes.
I spoke earlier about a resource we've developed to help people with Plantar Fasciitis pain and this is a free fact sheet that has five at home remedies that are simple and easy. All you have to do to obtain this is please comment below. Write "yes please" or head over to the Plantar Fascitiis page on our website.
Thank you so much for watching this video. I'm Justin Hogg from Foot Faults Podiatry and The Running Analysis Center and thank you for your support.