Plantar Fasciitis Kinesiology Taping Technique #TapeTuesday $0.00

Plantar Fasciitis Kinesiology Taping Technique #TapeTuesday

By: Rebecca Moore |
Plantar Fasciitis Kinesiology Taping Technique #TapeTuesday

Sometimes, putting your best foot forward isn’t always possible. Plantar fasciitis pain can be debilitating and hinder quality of life in both younger and older adults. Recently, plantar fasciitis kinesiology taping techniques have been studied in order to generate another solution for foot pain.

In a 2010 study on the effects of kinesiology taping for plantar fasciitis, it was found that additional treatment with continuous kinesiology taping might alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis better than a traditional physical therapy program only.


A total of 52 patients with plantar fasciitis were randomly and equally divided into two groups. The patients in the control group received only a traditional physical therapy program daily, including ultrasound thermotherapy and low-frequency electrotherapy. The patients in the experimental group received kinesiology taping in addition to the same physical therapy program as the control group. The reduced pain scores (pain description scores and foot function scores) and the reduced thickness of plantar fascia at the insertion site after treatment were significantly more in the experimental group than in the control group.

In fact, the research was so convincing that the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain from the Orthopedic Practice Section of the APTA (Martin et al. 2014) provided Grade A recommendations to use “elastic therapeutic tape” (aka, kinesiology tape) to the plantar fascia and gastrocnemius for short-term pain relief.

Plantar fasciitis kinesiology taping technique

Drew Feedman, founder of is back to share his simple taping technique to relieve plantar fasciitis pain! All you’ll need us two strips of TheraBand Kinesiology Tape:

  1. For the first piece of tape, place the anchor at the metatarsals of the foot with no tension. Apply with 25% tension over the heel and up the back of the leg to support the Achilles.
  2. The second is applied to stabilize the tibialis anterior. Place the anchor at the proximal head of the tibia. With foot in dorsi flexion, wrap underneath the arch of the foot with 25% tension.

See his technique in action!

The Performance Health Academy maintains the most comprehensive database of kinesiology tape research and techniques. The Academy database allows you to find and print evidence-based Kinesiology Tape Techniques for free!

In our #TapeTuesday series, we will be sharing methods for different types of tape application, as well as the accompanying research to support it. We’ll talk about therapeutic and preventive taping, such as TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and Cramer Athletic Tape to name a few. Click here to see our other posts in the #TapeTuesday series!

Resources: Martin et al. 2014. Heel pain-plantar fasciitis: revision 2014. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. Nov;44(11):A1-33. Tsai CT et al 2010. Effects of short-term treatment with kinesiotaping for plantar fasciitis J Musculoskeletal Pain 18(1):71-80