This taping technique is designed to support the arch of the foot, which may help relieve conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain and medial tibial stress syndrome.
Step 1: With the foot relaxed over the edge of a couch or chair, as pictured, apply a strip of the zinc oxide tape around the foot. Begin taping just below the joint of the little toe with the foot. Bring the tape all the around the sole of the foot and back onto the top of the foot, finishing just below the joint with the big toe. The tape does not entirely circle the foot. Do not pull the tape tight, just lay it onto the skin.
Step 2: Lay on another strip of zinc oxide tape in the same way, but slightly further back on the foot (i.e. nearer to the heel.) Overlap the first strip by about 1/2 – 2/3.
Step 3: Continue laying strips of zinc oxide tape in the same manner, working progressively futher back on the foot until you reach the heel. Stop there. Do not tape all the way onto the heel. You will need to start and finish the final strip of zinc oxide tape just below the ankle rather than on the top of the foot.
Step 4: From the top, the tape job should now look something like this:
Step 5: Now place down two more strips of zinc oxide tape lengthways along the top of the foot to ‘lock down’ the loose ends of tape. Leave a gap between these pieces of tape as pictured:
Step 6: Finally, wrap the whole of the mid-foot in the elastic adhesive bandage. Apply the elastic adhesive bandage lightly and start and finish the wrap on the top of the foot. That’s it.
Tip: If you don’t want to wrap your foot in tape, we sell a specially made arch support that you may find helpful.