I have Bad feet! I am a giant! At 6' 8" 240lbs I would be better suited with pads and a helmet catching deep fades from Peyton Manning. I did however take a different path. Instead I chose running. You know the feeling of that first double digit millage run you complete where you feel like you can take on the world. Yea its addicting! The countless miles I have put in have done a number on my feet. I have developed a mean case of Plantar Fasciitis or as I pronounce it [Plan-tar Fashy-itis]. Orthotics, Barefoot running, stretching ice, etc.. have done little to dull the pain when I am done running however do pretty much nothing while I am running.
Alas Remember the crazy tape jobs everyone had in the 2008 Beijing Olympics? That is the stuff I am talking about. It is called KT Tape. It has saved my life. The second I put it on the pain went from unbearable to running ten miles again. Once you figure out how exactly to put it on whatever is ailing you I promise you will notice a difference. Here is a small video of how to tape your knee with it.
Here is the best way to describe how it works. Note this is taken directly from their website.
"KT Tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, strong, external support that helps to prevent injury and speed recovery. KT Tape works differently for different injuries. KT Tape can lift and support the knee cap, holding it in place for Runner’s Knee. KT Tape can support sagging muscles along the arch of the foot, relieving the connective tissues for Plantar’s Fasciitis. And KT Tape can lift the stress off of shin splints to allow pain release and give the body a better opportunity to recover. Depending on how it is applied, KT Tape supports, enables, or restricts soft tissue and its movement. By stretching and recoiling like a rubber band, KT Tape augments tissue function and distributes loads away from inflamed or damaged muscles and tendons, thereby protecting tissues from further injury.
By applying KT Tape over affected tissue, athletes experience an external support which helps to prevent further injury and allows the body’s damaged tissue to rest and heal naturally despite continued activity. KT Tape also reduces inflammation and increases circulation which prevents muscle cramping and lactic acid buildup.
Kinesiology tape, treatments, and application techniques have been used by healthcare professionals such as orthopedics, chiropractors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers for over thirty years. KT Tape is the first brand of kinesiology tape ever to be offered to consumers through local sporting goods retailers, and to be widely adopted by healthcare professionals and teams. The development of KT Tape was a highly collaborative effort that included Healthcare Professionals, our Medical Advisory Board, elite and everyday athletes, and our product design engineers. Together they developed the most advanced sports tape ever offered.
Not only is KT Tape the best tape out there, but it’s also the least expensive. Thanks to patented manufacturing processes, KT Tape is available for much less than any other brand. We are highly committed to continued innovation so watch for new colors, features, applications, and products in the near future."
Acctivebear.com is proud to offer this tape to you as we feel it can make a huge difference for anyone who is active and suffers from Chronic Pain. Obviously you should seek a doctor if your pain does not get better.
Check out our KT Tape Section at Activebear.com
KT Tape at Activebear.com