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Plantar Fasciitis, the Ankle and Kinesiology Tape

Injuries to the ankle area happen frequently, with a sprained ankle being the most commonly occurring damage that affects this often-used part of the body. There are many other factors that can cause you to experience pain, strain or damage in this region.

Your ankle can easily suffer damage, strain, or injury even when you are just walking, especially if you are walking on a lumpy or uneven surface, which can cause the ankle to twist and sprain.

All age groups are susceptible to an ankle injury, though as the body goes through the ageing process, degeneration and wear and tear can make ankle sprain more likely.


The plantar fascia is located on the surface of your heel bone and is a tough fibre rich band of tissue that extends out along the sole towards the toes. Its role is to mitigate the arch of your feet, and prevent over-flattening, which would lead to excess strain being placed on your foot.

If this critical area on your body gets damaged or is subject to undue wear or stress, you can experience the painful condition known as plantar fasciitis. The condition is commonly experienced by athletes involved in sports that have a high impact on the feet, particularly runners or athletes that use their toes to run rather than the heel region.

It is one of the most common foot problems people complain about and it can take a long time to get better naturally which is incredibly frustrating. Initially patients will be told to rest which is not good if you’re trying to enjoy sport or train for an event. They will also recommend that you wear comfortable trainers and do rehabilitation exercises which again takes a long time to see any results. As a standard you will be told to lose weight which again can be incredibly frustrating. If symptoms persist you will be given stronger painkillers and finally after years of suffering with pain potentially you will be offered surgery which is rather drastic. There is a lot of positive evidence that kinesiology tape will help with the pain caused by plantar fasciitis

Have a look at the images below to see some of the most common ankle and foot taping methods. Find the one that matches your area of pain and have a go at apply tape in that way


Ensure your skin is washed and dry, and the area you want to apply the tape to is shaved.

Prepare the strips of tape by cutting to the appropriate length.

Remember to activate the tape by rubbing slightly to encourage the heat-sensitive adhesive to bond to your skin.

Click to learn how to apply

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