How to apply KT Tape: Bunion

Bunions are much more common in females than in men. This leads most to believe that bunions are often time caused by wearing tight fitting shoes or heels. Genetics also plays an important role in determining the individual’s susceptibility to developing the condition.

Often the bunion is not painful and the individual leads a normal active life. Other times the bunion can be very painful, even debilitating. Pain is usually very achy and typically radiates to the toes and along the arch of the foot. Due to the abnormal positioning of the bones in the foot, sharp nerve pains could also be present.

KT Tape can help correct this misaligned joint to relieve pain and pressure over time, as well as increase blood flow to the areas for increased anti-inflammatory effect and pain relief*. Unrestricted footwear should always be the chosen for those with bunions. Surgery is another option for those with serious pain and worsening symptoms.

Application overview

A bunion results when the big toe points towards the second toe and results in inflammation of the tissue surrounding the joint. The inflammation causes the joint to become swollen and tender, making everyday activities like walking or jogging very painful. KT Tape provides a mechanical correction. Do not try to correct the position of the toe all at once. Move toe gradually over time.

What you need

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

Apply 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

Place foot in a neutral position.

0% stretch

Anchor a narrow strip on the back of the outer side of the heel.

80% stretch

Lay the tape around the heel without stretch. At the mid-arch, apply 80% stretch to the side of the big toe.

0% stretch

Lay the end of tape along the outside of the toe without stretch. A second narrow strip can be applied over the first for additional support if desired.

80% stretch

Anchor the middle of a half strip of tape over the point of pain.

0% stretch

Apply the ends without stretch. For additional support, a second half strip can be applied over the first.

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.