Strapping can help to temporarily relieve pain as well as reduce excessive movement of a particular area while it heals.
Strapping is a temporary form of bracing that is applied to your foot, leg or knee to offload painful areas, muscles or tendons. As many conditions stem from placing too much strain on the surrounding muscles or tendons, strapping helps to reduce the amount of stretching and movement allowed at the area, while also providing pain relief.
Our podiatrists will usually recommend strapping for the beginning stages of an injury, and during sports and physical activity while the muscles or tendons are healing to prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Strapping can be used as a complimentary treatment for the following conditions:
One of our Brisbane podiatrists Vi McKay, has created a video showing you how to strap an ankle for
netball or any other sport that requires a lot of jumping, running and quick changes in direction.
There are different types of tape that we recommend using for varying circumstances.
1. Rigid strapping tape
This taping is commonly used to restrict and limit motion of the joints for 24- 72 hours.
It works by:
It's commonly used on patients who are looking to get back into sport or physical activity following an injury. Our podiatrists may recommend strapping the injured area for the first couple of trainings/activities to provide extra support while the muscles and joints regain their strength.
2. Kinesio tape (K-tape)
This is a flexible tape that can also be made into a rigid tape. It is a great tape for providing proprioceptive feedback. This helps your brain to better sense and recognise your position and movement. This is helpful for chronic long standing injuries to provide better stability e.g. tendonitis and knee pain.
Similar to rigid strapping tape, it works by:
As there is more flexibility to this tape, it can perform a lifting action when strapped and also allows for improved circulation. This dynamically supports the area and allows it to move more freely than rigid tape.
It is often used in the management of:
Our podiatrists often use a combination of both rigid and Kinesio tape to receive optimal results.
4. Hyperallergic tape
If you're allergic to band aids or taping, we often use hyperallergic tape to avoid allergic reactions and allow you to still benefit from strapping techniques.
If you have any of the following allergies or conditions, please disclose with your podiatrist as this may affect what kind of tape and techniques we utilise.