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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Stuff I Love: Miracle Tape

I've been using KT Tape to help my plantar fasciitis, and it is working!! WOO!

I started seeing a physical therapist around the end of July, and the exercises are working, but slowly. Soon after my DNF at the Hadassah 8K, my therapist, Russell recommended that I try the KT Tape. Here's an interview on WBAL with Russell, where he explains what it does and how it works.

I was totally and completely skeptical of this tape when he first put it on. Sure, I'd seen it on the Olympics. I knew that athletes used it, but I really didn't see how this tape could possibly make my foot any better.

I have two separate problems - the plantar fasciitis in my arch, and the pain on the top of my foot that is arthritis or tendinitis, or something related, caused as a side effect of the PF. Russell asked  me to choose if I wanted the top or the bottom to be taped, and I chose the top, since the top of my foot was a lot more painful than the bottom. I totally blew this whole tape thing off. Whatever!

Well, as I was walking out of the building, I could already feel a difference. Lo and behold, that Saturday, I was able to run 5 miles with almost no pain in the top of my foot, and minimal pain in my arch (which has never been as bad, as I said before). It was amazing.

The following Tuesday, I ran on the treadmill and felt the same - just small twinges near my toes, and arch pain, but SO MUCH better. Russell re-applied the tape, this time putting it both on the top of my foot and on the arch itself (as you can see in my photo above). (Side note: I was wearing Annapolis 10 Miler Gear that day, if you're familiar with the race, you can tell that I was totally matching!). Thursday, I ran again and no pain during the run on the top of my foot, just continued arch pain near my heel. I did feel a bit of pain near my toes on the top of my foot when stepping on the gas pedal driving to work a little bit later, but it wasn't bad.

Friday morning, Russell re-applied the blue tape in the photo in the hopes that it would do a better job of helping my arch. It was in a different configuration, which would better support my arch. The great news? I ran FOURTEEN MILES on Saturday with very little arch pain and no pain the top of my foot. I did have arch pain here and there, but it was not sustained. I walked in the last half mile, and I was pretty wiped out the rest of the day, but it was more because I had no business running that many miles. I hadn't trained enough - I had only done 9 miles as my longest before this, and that was in early July. I was falling back on my base mileage that I've built up over the last 6 years, and I think it helped me out.

So, I had some arch pain on Sunday, but it went away. I've been very diligent about icing my foot and using a golf ball to help stretch out the plantar fascia.

KT Tape? I'm sold on it. I was a non-believer, but now I think it is miraculous. If you try it out, make sure you get the PRO version, as it sticks better and longer. I only took off the tape this morning that was applied on Friday (and the top of my foot had been on for a full week). I wouldn't have taken it off, but I needed a little break, and I wanted to shave under it. I see Russell this evening and he will likely re-apply.

Did I mention it also comes in a ton of cool colors? My only wish would be a color variety pack so that I could change up the tape to match outfits.

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Kitzzy said...

KT Tape is amazing! I've been dealing with minor PF for a long time and swear by it too. Glad it's working for you and you were able to get in 14 miles!

Black Knight said...

Glad you have found the solution!
14 miles are a long distance, congrats.

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