Taping, also referred to as strapping is one of the most common forms of treatment for a huge range of injuries. Think of any injury and there is nearly always a taping technique invented to treat the condition. And so, it is no surprise that taping is used for plantar fasciitis too. Many different health professionals use taping as part of their go to short term treatment plan as a way of providing a 'quick win' in reducing pain as the results are often immediate.
Does it work?
In the short term, yes. There are a number of clinical studies investigating the effectiveness of taping as a treatment to reduce pain levels in patients with plantar fasciits and the majority of published studies show that taping is effective for short term pain relief.
Taping is a good tool to use for patients struggling with pain management as the tape acts as a support for the plantar fascia, which reduces stress and helps reduce pain. Taping is relatively easy to apply and patients can learn how to tape their foot, once shown by health professional. It is an incredibly cheap treatment option too. The downside with taping is that the tape loses its support within a day or two and needs to be reapplied regularly to be effective. In the long term, this becomes an incovenience for most patients. Taping is best used as a short term and temporary treatment option such as when waiting for custom orthotics to be ready to wear inside shoes. There are many different taping techniques for plantar fasciitis. Personally, I use the technique demonstrated in the video by Australian podiatrist Amy Klein which is an excellent resource for patients wanting to learn how to tape their foot effectively.