How to apply Tape: Ball of Foot

Pain at the ball of the foot is most often caused by inflammation due to overuse in active people. Other common causes include poorly fit or worn out shoes, weight gain, contusions or bruising, plantar fasciitis, or nerve issues related to diabetes.

The pain can be felt while weight bearing, or to the touch. The pain can range from dull and achy to very sharp and a burning sensation. In short, the pain at the ball of the foot varies significantly and often needs special diagnosis to identify the specific problem.

Typical treatment of these conditions includes critical rest, ice, inserts or orthotics, and light massage or stretching. KT Tape can greatly speed the pace of recovery and significantly relieve the pain through the process*. It’s very hard for anyone to stay off their feet, so often time foot problems take a very long time to hear. Those who have used KT Tape to alleviate the strain they put on their feet and promote healing have seen great results and decreased recovery times.

Application overview

The ball of the foot is where the toes join the rest of the foot. The area is very muscular and is the site where many athletes put the majority of the pressure during performance. Impact can be intense, twisting on the area is common, and without sufficient rest the area can become very worn and painful. Many smaller muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons, and nerves all converge here as well. Causes of pain on the ball of the foot may include overuse, excessive running on hard surfaces, form-fitting or worn shoes, weight gain, or nerve issues. KT Tape reduces pressure over the painful area, relieving pain.

What you need

2 strips of KT TAPE
1 full 25cm strip
1 full 25cm strip cut in half

Apple before activity

Apply one hour before beginning activity

Clean skin

Clean dirt, oils and lotions from area

Activate adhesive

After application rub tape vigorously to activate adhesive

Body position

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Place foot in neutral position.

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80% STRETCH

ANCHOR: Anchor the middle of a half strip of tape over the point of pain with 80% stretch.

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0% STRETCH

FINISH: Lay down the ends without stretch.

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0% STRETCH

ANCHOR: Point toes up. Anchor a full strip behind the toes.

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50% STRETCH

APPLY: Apply the tape down the foot and up the back of the heel with 50% stretch.

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0% STRETCH

APPLY: Lay the last two inches of the tape down without stretch.

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0% STRETCH

FINISH: Smooth the tape against the skin.

CAUTION: If you have skin sensitivities, cancer, or are pregnant, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use if skin becomes irritated or sore. KT TAPE® is not a replacement for professional medical care. Warranties and remedies limited to product replacement cost. READ ALL CAUTIONS ON ENCLOSED INSTRUCTION SHEET PRIOR TO USE.