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Sports Taping


Sports taping is now widely used by athletes from all over the world and many research have proved the efficacy of taping application. In podiatry, taping is often applied on the lower limb and it is categorized under three main roles.

 

  1. Injury prevention: The most vulnerable and most commonly injured region of the body is the ankle; the application of sports tape is to keep the ankle within a healthy range of motion and prevent excessive motion that will lead to a sprained ankle.
  2. Injury Management: Tape is used in soft tissue injury such as ligament, tendon or muscles injury to act as a stabilizer and to reduce further harm to the injured area. Common overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis can be alleviated by reducing the tension on the fascia itself using specific podiatric taping technique.
  3. Post-injury Management: An injured soft tissue is often more likely to suffer from a re-injury. Taping vulnerable joints support those joints yet does not put on extra weight or bulk to the athlete. This is can also assist in proper biomechanics to take place.

Apart from indications stated above, taping also poses the benefits of foot orthotics to a certain extend. In management of foot and ankle disorders, taping is often applied temporarily while patient waiting for their full custom-made foot orthotics to be ready. Taping techniques varies from practitioner to practitioner, your podiatrist will be able to assess and provide suitable taping techniques based on your lower limb condition.

 

 

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