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KT Tape: Achilles Tendonitis

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Achilles Tendonitis 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.
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Christiam Rivas (1 month ago)
Excellent ...
Andrea Barnes (2 months ago)
I'm a runner and my heel has been in lots of pain, my coach recommended Rock tape or kinesio tape. I was wondering how it helps the bodys natural heeling process.
Montery12 (2 months ago)
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.
ARUN Singh (3 months ago)
Can I find this this in india
KT Tape (3 months ago)
Here is a list of our international distributors: https://www.kttape.com/kt-tape-international-sales
Truck Taxi (3 months ago)
Wow, that was an excellent demonstration.
Noel Wilson (7 months ago)
This was so so so helpful. Thank you! I also appreciate that you advised seeking medical advice if you're still really hurting. Great eduction, solid advice. Thanks and good job!
KT Tape (7 months ago)
Here's our new Achilles Tendonitis video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5NUbNkB_oA&t=1s
KT Tape (7 months ago)
Thanks, Noel! So glad to hear! Stay tuned - we're about to release several dozen brand new videos that are completely updated. They're going to be awesome...
Theelysium (9 months ago)
Cipro antibiotics can cause achilles & other tendon problems. It has happened to me.
MakeupandDance 15 (9 months ago)
Are you still able to point the foot with this. I am a ballet dancer and wanting to tape my achilles since it can have pain, but I still need to be able to point my foot.
Thea Jones (9 months ago)
MakeupandDance 15 yes you can
Sue smith (10 months ago)
I have a slight tear in my achilles tendon in the back of the heel is causing a lot of inflammation pain burning with this tape help me?
Jade Pearlwide (11 months ago)
I want to be a physical therapist like you. My idol.
Tales of a Ubermensch (1 year ago)
i have torn yet repaired achilles bilaterally. i am still active in sports that require ankle stability. so could I tape for achilles tendonitis and ankle stability? Is there a hybrid between the two.
Crystal Washington (1 year ago)
I'm going to try this if it still there
Robert Ramos (1 year ago)
This is a temporary fix, do eccentric heel drops for a permanent fix. If you only have a minor injury, it will only take a couple of weeks of eccentrics to fix.
Montery12 (2 months ago)
No, taping is not a crutch. It minimizes tendon stress or workload until it heals completely and then you won't need taping anymore.
Blooming Accents (1 year ago)
What is your link?
TheWulfbane (1 year ago)
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!
T 31 (4 months ago)
TheWulfbane FYI electrical tape when applied to your skin is a carcinogen.
sevenbravo (1 year ago)
Didn't know that Tina Fey was a KT Tape demonstrator too.
Sydney Catherine (1 year ago)
Do you need this tape?
Kazuya Iwase (1 year ago)
i did it
beanoboo (2 years ago)
Will give it a shot for my minor pain.
XTASY (2 years ago)
Where can i buy these tapes?
Patricia Preston (2 years ago)
Houdini Lucas walmart or big 5
Claudia Ramos (2 years ago)
They are using 2 different tapes...where can I get the yellow ones? Thank you
Claudia Ramos (2 years ago)
Oh ok thanks, bought them yesterday and came off right away
RedDedNev (2 years ago)
they're just different colors
Emma Oliveira (2 years ago)
hey! I was wondering, and this may be a stupid question but is this waterproof? meaning if I take a shower will it still be ok, or should I add another strip after the shower? thank u!
KT Tape (1 month ago)
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.
Noel Wilson (7 months ago)
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.
Fenix Gaviria (7 months ago)
Yes it is water proof
LeafME alone (1 year ago)
yeah it is
Leonard J (2 years ago)
This is it: https://www.amazon.com/Treat-Your-Own-Achilles-Tendinitis/dp/1457510928/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Nicholas Gibbs (2 years ago)
great video thanks and deffentily recomrnd
mrtp (2 years ago)
Can you tape this over the under wrap that's used with conventional tape jobs ?
Lewis Warnock (2 years ago)
mrtp nah I was told to shave my leg/calf as it wouldn't work properly - usually wear under wrap to protect my hairs lol
sagebabe 17 (2 years ago)
Where can u buy kt tape?
Kazuya Iwase (1 year ago)
Patricia Preston (2 years ago)
Megan Fluent walmart or big 5
Shawn Weaver (2 years ago)
Amazon lol
Swaggy-C (2 years ago)
At the store.
stn0505 (2 years ago)
Can i put this on before a run? Will sweat cause the tape to lose its grip?
Andy Atkinson (8 months ago)
I did muddy runs and swims with them on and showers
Gustavo Gutierrez (2 years ago)
Yes. And no.
taucan62 (2 years ago)
doesn't work if you actually want to run. It doesn't support that kind of activity. It stretches-hello...
amazing arab (2 years ago)
does this work only for healing or you can do sports with the tape on
Malia Robson (2 years ago)
I have a more extreme version of tendonitis and i play soccer 4 times a week with this tape on and it helps!
Gabi Plumm (2 years ago)
Can we get KT tape in Australia?
Eric Stroup (1 year ago)
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
Kazuya Iwase (1 year ago)
swaggy said it's illegal in Australia
Swaggy-C (2 years ago)
It's illegal in Australia.
JFL Studios (2 years ago)
yes I can finally play lacrosse
Kazuya Iwase (1 year ago)
what do you mean?
Swaggy-C (2 years ago)
You still suck though.
Martin Fabian (3 years ago)
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.
judith Cohen (3 years ago)
where can I get KT Tape?
mg keig (2 years ago)
+I found some in the sporting goods section at Walmart
Leyton Jay (3 years ago)
Brilliant! Thank you.
Leyton Jay (3 years ago)
+Theresa You've been reported for spam. Thanks.
Barbara Saberton (3 years ago)
Thank you, found this very useful
Katherine (3 years ago)
Can I use this tapping method while running? I have been taping my ankle and achilles tendons with my kt tape while running, but not with this method.
Malia Robson (2 years ago)
it works! i play soccer 4 times a week with this tape!
Khalid Yaseen (3 years ago)
+Kathy7671 If doesn't restrict your ankle joint movement you can put the tape on if you want that's okay. Lot of runner don't like it during running because in might feel a little .uncomfortable
joy2222100 (3 years ago)
Can someone suffering from Achilles Tendonitis recover completely...I have been resting since the past 7 to 8 months still not recovered.
Ronan Burns (3 months ago)
I’ve had it for 4 years now
Cloud Dweller (6 months ago)
tore mine.....doctor operated and it is still very painful.........choose a surgeon wisely
Andy Atkinson (8 months ago)
You guys should see a Physio they can loosen your calf and ultrasound your tendon. It’s a long road but with rest or cross training like cycling you can run pain free again!
Thomas Parker (2 years ago)
the day you wrote that comment, in that same month I injured my tendon and it still hasn't gone I still have to deal with the fucking injury. do you still have it? how did you get rid of it?
ExpandedSpice (3 years ago)
You might have ruptured it
Eric Black (3 years ago)
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...
A Guy Called Kay (3 years ago)
If you have multiple pain points along the tendon, do you place a tape on each?
J P (29 days ago)
Lia Smazik (3 years ago)
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.
Anteneh Tesfaye (3 years ago)
It s best to massage and relax the calf muscle. First because that could treat the problem as it did to me
Arturo Gallegos (3 years ago)
Where can I buy it?
Lia Smazik (3 years ago)
+Arturo Gallegos You can get it the cheapest on Ebay. That's where I purchase mine.
JustPrime (3 years ago)
+Mauilyn I get it at CVS.
Mauilyn (3 years ago)
sporting good store like Sports Authority. Walmart also carries it in their sports section.
Eddie Kavuma (3 years ago)
Gotta love how the text covers the whole foot 
Helvio Markman (4 years ago)
Does it help for calcanius spur with severely achilles tender inflammation?
kudincev (4 years ago)
Лечить нужно.
Mihael (4 years ago)
Can I put on K-Tape myself?
Charango123quena (4 years ago)
can you swim  with  this  tape .. or does it come off..??
PumpuliKivi (4 years ago)
Thanks, going to try this out. Want to get back to the soccerfield as quick as possible. But of course starting slow.
Montery12 (2 months ago)
can you update us on your AT condition of four years ago? Have you completely healed and what worked for you?
Samantha Converse (4 years ago)
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.
B34ST H4VOK (1 year ago)
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lexwaldez (1 year ago)
Agreed. My doctor recommended it, and it's a huge help with controlling pain after you've overdone things a bit. Helps keep me from quitting the regimen and keeps me on target.
Jack Fultz (4 years ago)
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.
Groesch Michael (2 months ago)
Thought the same thing Jack. Ima just do it like my awesome trainer used to for football. This.....Im not sure what to think of this method. Ill try both on the kid and see what he thinks is best.
mizzymike21 (3 years ago)
The tape has stretch on it, so fully elongating the muscle and then applying the tape allows the tape to assist with plantar flexion, thus taking stress off the tendon
ThePuma (4 years ago)
Its NOTHING to do with support...its so the tape ripples and pulls the skin away from the tendon and lets more blood in..so heals quicker.
Suzzette Bartell (4 years ago)
I am have a difficult time getting the tape to stick
keith roscoe (4 years ago)
hi been using oxide tape... can this tape be used in a running event due to up my rehabilitation soon ...
TedDidlioBro (4 years ago)
how long can you leave the tape on for?
Cup & Cone (4 years ago)
+KT Tape How long will regular KT tape stick for?
KT Tape (4 years ago)
3-7 days for the KT Tape Pro.
Zara Cookson (4 years ago)
Would this help for someone going back to sport after an achilles rupture?
lexwaldez (1 year ago)
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.
Catalin Hitman (2 years ago)
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john vines (2 years ago)
+Zara Cookson Don't do it !!! you might make it worst, get an MRI scan ASAP.
Styves Exantus (2 years ago)
+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.
KT Tape (4 years ago)
Yes.  Let us know how it goes!
lostmarxbro (5 years ago)
The Package instructions are not the same for this issue
KT Tape (4 years ago)
True.  Follow the video.  It's the most updated version.
KT Tape (5 years ago)
Thanks for the comment Jessica! That's great to hear!
jessica loomer (5 years ago)
Literally the best tape ever!!! This is the only tape that helped me during my gymmastics competition! Kt tape really works :)luv it
KT Tape (5 years ago)
Yes. Go to kttape . com and check out our store locator to find a store near you.
cheesedips (5 years ago)
Sold in stores???
orang berdaki (5 years ago)
mmm! i wanna lick her delicious feet!!
KT Tape (5 years ago)
Awesome, thanks for the comment!
KT Tape (5 years ago)
It won't weaken anything. It will support and stabilize. Let us know how it goes!
John Rivas (5 years ago)
As a guy with hairy legs I practically have to shave my whole leg to do this. How odd would it look just shaving that area after I take off the tape 0_o
GBLASTERSOUND (1 month ago)
You won't have to shave the area, the tape will wax it for you after the first time lol
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KT Tape (5 years ago)
If you will send an email to [email protected] . com they will be able to give you some additional info.
TheDionysiac (5 years ago)
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).
magickfighter (5 years ago)
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.
Daniel Kong (5 years ago)
The pain is only higher on my tendon. Does this mean i only use tape where the pain is, or should i put tape on two point of my tendon like in the video
KT Tape (5 years ago)
I would follow the video.
Michael Wojciechowski (5 years ago)
Do I want to point my toes down or up when applying the first piece of tape from the heel to the back of the calf? I always thought it was best to point them down, bit in the video is says up.
chayut wongdej (5 years ago)
KT Tape (5 years ago)
They are all 10 inch precut strips. The shorter pieces are just full strips that have been cut in half.
Emily Osborne (5 years ago)
What size pieces do i need?
KT Tape (5 years ago)
No problem. Let us know how it goes!
Travis Corbin (5 years ago)
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.
horsecrazieneigh (5 years ago)
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.
KT Tape (5 years ago)
Yes. It will give you added support and stability and help reduce pain.
PizzaSuccess (5 years ago)
Would this also be an effective treatment for achilles TENDINOSIS?
KT Tape (5 years ago)
Check out our website. There is a ton of info there that will answer all your questions.
AwesomeOne badger (5 years ago)
how does it work? i dont really get it.
KT Tape (5 years ago)
It will help. Apply it to clean, dry skin and it will help a lot. Let us know how it goes.
Vibeke Klovning (5 years ago)
i have inflimation in my achillies tendon and i was wondering if this will help?
Sophie Marie (6 years ago)
Sever's disease*
Sophie Marie (6 years ago)
Does this work for server's disease?
KT Tape (6 years ago)
Go on to our website on to our "Ask an Expert" forum and describe your injury and they'll come back with a custom application for you. You can also do the same thing on our FB page.
Olivia Webster (6 years ago)
How do i tape the side of my foot?
KT Tape (6 years ago)
If you use the Pro and apply it correctly it should stay on for 5-7 days.
Thank you for your reply once more question how long can I leave it on for?
KT Tape (6 years ago)
Correct! I just commented back on your comment on the old video and recommended you use this video. This is the one! Let us know how it works for you.
This is exactly what I need to do. I will try it over the weekend and see how it works. I am on therapy for the pain but I think this can be helpful too.

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