Plantar Fasciitis Taping

Plantar Fasciitis Taping For Superior Arch Support

Plantar FasciaThose that have suffered shin soreness due to flat feet, fallen arches, or Plantar Fasciitis , will know that it can be a painful condition affecting the tissue in the foot arch that connects the heel bone and toes.

Plantar fasciitis treatment can take a few different forms such as orthotics and taping, one technique that can assist recovery is plantar fasciitis taping.

So I would like to share with you a great plantar fasciitis strapping technique in the video below, which shows how to apply Rigid Strapping Tape to the foot arch. Enjoy!

Great Technique to Tape for Arch Support

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(courtesy of highly experienced Sports Trainer, Cam Wray, ex-international and national rugby sports trainer)

Cam’s method of strapping for plantar fasciitis, or low-dye taping, is a sound technique and use the following steps:

  • a lax anchor around the ball of the foot
  • 2-3 figure-8’s starting from anchor around the heel (with tension) and crossing back to the anchor
  • 1 strip around the outside of the foot and the heel and back on the opposite side
  • then a series of lateral strips, from outside to inside of the foot locking the previous strips all together and lifting the arch up

Plantar Fascia Taping

Preparation for Plantar Fasciitis Taping

Before you start low-dye taping, for optimum results it is recommended to prepare the foot by doing the following:

  • Wipe the foot with a clean dry rag, removing any sweat or contaminates that will reduce the tape adhesion.

Correct Tape Tension

When taping the feet to support the plantar fascia, remember not to tape the anchor to tight, as it will prevent the proper foot movement and will become uncomfortable for the athlete.

It is also important when applying the figure-8’s and lateral strips, to apply good tension, keeping in mind that you want to pull the arch up for support.

What items do you need for Plantar Fasciitis Strapping?

To tape for flat feet properly, you will need the following items:

Here’s What You Need To Do Next…

First…

I want you to leave me a comment on this page, and let me know what else you’d like to learn in this SportStrap “How To Strap” series.

Then…

While this method is quiet simple, make sure you practice it once or twice in the next week, while its fresh in your mind.

And finally…

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Cade Arnel

SportStrap.com.au ©2013

 


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How To Apply The Double Shoulder Strapping Technique

Double Shoulder StrappingThis week I thought I’d take a break from our Kinesiology Taping Series, to feature a great Double Shoulder Strapping technique.

Although in sport, shoulder injuries don’t normally come on pairs, this technique is often used to protect the shoulder joints from injury, particularly in rugby and to a lesser extent AFL, much the same as Chris Judd has through his football career.

Most Common Shoulder Injuries

As mentioned in our previous “how to tape a shoulder” article, the most common shoulder injury, is the AC Joint injury, where the inside ligaments of the shoulder can be strained, stretched or damaged. The purpose of this technique is not only to prevent this from happening, but to ensure the shoulder joint does not dislocate.

So below I would like to share with you a video, where experienced Sports Trainer, Cam Wray, shows a great technique for protecting the shoulder from injury using Sports Strapping Tape.

 

Best Double Shoulder Strapping Technique

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As you can see from the video, Cam’s method gives great support to both AC joints and surround ligaments.

The tape is applied with the arm in a slightly bent position, as follows:

  1. 2 Anchors are applied, one over the shoulder and the other around the bicep (with little to no tape tension).
  2. 2-3 basket-weave strips in both direction are then applied, criss-crossing over the point of the shoulder, pulling the shoulder firm into the joint
  3. 2-3 corkscrew strips are also applied, first starting from the nipple area, up and over the point of the shoulder and wrapping around the arm.
  4. Apply some more strips over the anchors to lock down the the previous 2 steps.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 on the opposite arm.
  6. Finish off with Elastic Adhesive Bandage over and around the arm, shoulder, and around the upper torso.

What items do you need to Strap an Shoulder?

So now that we have covered the technique, lets take a look at what items you will need to complete the job properly:

 

 

Optional items you may wish to use:

 

 

Preparation to Tape a Shoulder

For optimum results when taping the shoulder, it is recommended to prepare the shoulder by doing the following:

  • For hairy guys only, Tape or Shave off any hair around the shoulder our chest area.
  • Apply Pre-Tape Spray to improve Tape Adhesion, or to prevent tape trauma during removal.
  • If nipple irritation is a concern, protect the nipple with an adhesive foam ring.

Correct Tape Tension

Its also important when strapping the shoulder that it is not taped to tight, as it will prevent the blood flow around the shoulder and restrict movement.

The rigid tape application in particular should be applied with little or no tape tension.

Here’s What You Need To Do Next…

First…

While this method is quiet simple, make sure you practice it once or twice in the next week, while its fresh in your mind.

Then…

If you have any questions about strapping shoulders (or the “How To Strap” series), leave me a comment below on this page.

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Have a most outstanding day,

Cade Arnel

SportStrap.com.au ©2012


How to Strap for Patella Dislocation and Instability

Patella Dislocation - Daryn CresswellPatella Dislocation is a knee injury that can regularly occur in sports that involve twisting motions of the knee, and where the patella (knee cap) is dislodged laterally out of the patellofemoral groove at the front of the knee.

Its is an injury that is most common in younger athletes, between 16-20 years old, but can also occur randomly by impact in contact sports.

Perhaps the most watched patella dislocation injury in the AFL history, was when Sydney Swan footballer, Daryn Cresswell, dislocated his kneecap and was trying desperately to knock it back into place.

Patella Instability Pain

Patella Instability is also a condition that is not as common as some of the injuries that we have covered so far, but can either cause excruciating pain if dislodged, or restricting athlete discomfort if the patella is not tracking properly in the patellofemoral groove.

In this article of the SportStrap “How to Strap” series, I’d like to take a closer look at the injury itself, and how to strap for patella dislocation and instability.

How is the Patella Injured

There are varing degrees of Patella injuries from Patella Subluxation through to Patella Dislocation.

Patella Injuries

Patella Sublaxation is where the an unstable patella, or knee cap, does not track centrally in the groove at the end of the thigh bone as the knee bend, causing discomfort to the sides of the knee. This can be common in younger athletes, and can be hereditary.

Patella Dislocation is where the knee cap is dislodged for the groove, and it normally occurs in two ways:

  1. A direct impact to the front of the knee, knocking the patella laterally out of place.
  2. Quadriceps tendons & ligaments attached to the patella act awkwardly during twisting motions of the knee, forcing the patella out of place.

Below is a video showing a great technique for strapping Patella Instability using Sports Tape, by highly experienced Sports Trainer, Cam Wray. Enjoy!

Best Patella Strapping Technique

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What items do you need to Strap for Patella Instability?

To strap a patella properly, you are going to need the following items:

 

 

 Optional items you may wish to use:

 

Preparation to Tape a Patella

For the best results when patella strapping, it is recommended to prepare the knee by doing the following:

  • Shave off any hair around the area being taped (Hairy guys only).
  • Ensure the hand is clean from dirt or oil.
  • It is recommended to use Pre-Tape Spray for better adhesion

What is the Right Tape Tension.

When taping this method it is important not to tape the anchors to tight, as it will restrict the players movement, cause discomfort and possibly restrict blood flow.

When taping the McConnell technique its important to apply good tension pulling the knee-cap back toward the inner side of the leg

Here’s What You Need To Do Next…

First…

While this method is quiet simple, make sure you practice it once or twice in the next week, while its fresh in your mind.

Then…

I want you to leave me a comment on this page, and let me know how you plan on using what you learned from this edition of SportStrap “How To Strap” series.

And finally…

Let me know what you think of the SportStrap “How To Strap” series. This is the sixth episode, and I’d love to hear how much you’ve enjoyed it, and even what you’d like me to cover next. Remember subscribe to this newsletter below if you haven’t already.

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Have a most outstanding day,

Cade Arnel

SportStrap.com.au