What is kinesio taping?Kinesio taping is used in the treatment of injured muscles and joints. Its elasticity means that it can be used to either prevent or encourage different movements, without applying substantial pressure which can obstruct circulation. The taping is applied over around the affected muscles in a stretched position, helping to relieve pain and inflammation.
What podiatry related conditions can kinesio taping help with?Kinesio taping can be used in the treatment of various podiatry related conditions including;
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Shin splints
- Ankle sprain
- Pain associated with flat feet
- Hallux valgus (bunion) pain
- Plantar fasciitis
How does kinesio taping work?Kinesio taping works by raising the upper layers of the skin on areas to which it is applied. This technique then creates a space between the muscle and the skin allowing blood and fluids from the lymphatic system to flow more freely. This allows for a reduction in swelling and inflammation and also assists the body's natural healing process as greater circulation to the area means an increased rate of healing. The method of taping can also help to relieve pain as pressure is reduced over previously compressed nerves which can be the cause of pain and irritation at the site.
What are the benefits of kinesio taping?The following are some of the benefits associated with kinesio taping treatment;
- Provides therapeutic benefits 24 hours a day
- Provides support and protection to muscles during movement
- Provides pain relief
- Doesn't restrict joint movement or circulation to the area
- It allows for simple and fast application
- It is easy to re-apply by both practitioner and patient
- Doesn't restrict movement
- Has immediate results
Similar treatments / services that could help?Alternative treatments which can help in the treatment of foot pain or injuries include;
- Specific stretching and strengthening techniques and exercises
- Orthotics and insoles
- Massage therapy
- Steroid injections
- Ultrasound therapy
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