The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the calf muscles to the heel and is active during almost all activities including walking, jumping, and swimming. This dense tendon can withstand large forces, but can become inflamed and painful during periods of overuse. Pain results from inflammation (tendonitis) or a degenerating tendon (tendinosis).
Tendinitis typically develops after abrupt changes in activity or training level, use of poorly fit or worn footwear, or training on uneven or dense running surfaces. Overuse prior to sufficient training is generally the cause. This is due to forces 8-10 times the body weight acting on the tendon during physical activity.
Achilles injuries range from inflammation to a breakdown in the tendon. Pain is generally felt low on the back of the heel due to the low vascularity and susceptibility for inflammation. Pain higher on the Achilles is generally more muscular pain and less tendonitis. If swollen spots or knots are found along the tendon, or if the tendon feels jagged, cease activity and seek professional medical care.
Along with proper rest, icing, and anti-inflammatory medication, KT Tape can help relieve this pain and reduce the inflammation along this crucial tendon. Though even walking can become painful with Achilles injuries, KT Tape can get you moving again.
For additional resources, please visit the KT Tape website at www.kttape.com.
white athletic tape also helps. It sticks to skin fine. You can get it at your local pharmacy or obviously stores that sell it. You don't have to shave, if you get some under wrap too. Under wrap and adhesive tape (white tape) do just fine. Hope you have healed and back to norm.
Id like to throw in my 2 cents real quick. Ive been starting to deal with the achilles tendonitis thing for only a couple of weeks, not knowing that was what I had. I work as a steel worker and its just a lot of up and down ladders and carrying heavy objects. In trying to find a solution to my pain I came across this video. I dont have any KT Tape, (yet) but because of my job I have a bunch of electrical tape. I fallowed the same instructions and the pain just went away. I never thought it would be so immediate! As a quick solution my electrical tape saves me until payday, when im actually going to buy some of this tape. Thanks!
The tape will stay applied in water, but on body parts that are exposed to high forces of water can sometimes be difficult. The flow of the water creates lifting on the leading edge of the tape that is overlapped. Once this happens, it does not take long before the water continues to lift the tape up.
I use rock tape. I've heard they have a waterproof version, but the one I buy isn't. I do still wear it swimming. Generally it will survive an hour in the pool but you'll definitely need to replace it at the end of your swim.
seriously? It's just some stretchy fabric with adhesive on one side? what on earth would make this illegal?
it's not illegal here's the link: www.kttape.com.au. You can order direct or get it from Boo and Turtle
Hello, thank you for great video. I am observing issue with my Achilles tendon and would like to try this procedure. I need to buy this tape, what kind of tape do you use in this video? Is it cotton or pro? Thank you for your help.
Be careful if you tape the bottom of the foot if you are planing on running or hiking. The tape pulls back and your toes want to pull the muscles in the opposite direction. Can feel like you tearing something. Maybe trying minimal tension could help...
I have been using KT tape for my achilles tendonitis but with a different cut method. (where you cut the tape in half up top and the two sides go up each side of the calf muscle in a V pattern.) I'm extremely impressed with the results so far. It almost eliminates my pain entirely when I play basketball. This works even better than my achilles compression brace (which I don't think reaches quite low enough to where my pain resides). I will be trying out this new application method on my next taping since it seems to use less tape than the other method.
Ive had achilles tendonitis for the last 6 months due to a pretty strenuous running schedule. After long run days I could hardly walk down my stairs in the morning. I ran a 12K yesterday with KT tape for the first time and this morning there is very minimal pain. Its not a cure by any means, but it helped tremendously. I'm very pleased with this stuff. I'm definitely going to keep using it, because my assumption is that it will help make that tendon stronger over time and the pain will continue to decrease.
Why would you dorsiflex your foot and tape in an elongated position. The objective of the tape is to reduce the amount of stretch and workload the Achilles does at impact. And the only way taping increases circulation is if it holds in body heat - there's nothing magical in the tape itself, unless it's coated similar to a back plaster.
I overdid the running thing, ruptured the achilles, and had to cool it for a couple months. Doc recommended your tape to help me cope with pain associated with rehab'ing and getting back to 100%. Thanks doc! So, Zara, I'd recommend making sure your doctor has checked you out and okayed you getting back into sport, but the tape definitely helps.
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+KT Tape Thank you for this video... I am in my last stages of using the walking boot before I am back to walking on both feet. Looking to be running around September. I will be following your channel and try this will I am working.
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Is there any description of the theory behind this application? I'd really like to know the reasons for the different stretch levels, or for the dorsiflexion during the first application (seems like this is what you want to prevent).
The idea behind the taping is to help provide support, or in other words take some of the load off of the tendon to help recovery. That is what the first strip is for. Then you can use the last two strips near where it hurts. Those second strips also keep the first strip in place.
I think I might have to try this, I suffered a grade 2 sprain of my ankle and I think I damaged my Achilles in the process. I can still play basketball, by my heel has a lingering pain associated with it. Thank you for the help.
I'm no doctor, however I was advised not to use anti inflammatory medication. I had a grade two tear of my achillies tendon right where it meats the soleus muscle in the calf. Personally I would seek a very well known sonographor and an orthopaedic doctor to help in recovery. Once the orthopaedic surgeon has given you the all clear that is the recommended time to start rehabilitation.
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