How to apply KT Tape: Achilles tendonitis

Tendinitis typically develops after abrupt changes in activity or training level, use of poorly fit or worn footwear, or training on uneven or dense running surfaces. Overuse prior to sufficient training is generally the cause. This is due to forces 8-10 times the body weight acting on the tendon during physical activity.

Achilles injuries range from inflammation to a breakdown in tendon. Pain is generally felt low on the back of the heel due to the low vascularity and susceptibility for inflammation. Pain higher on the Achilles is generally more muscular pain and less tendonitis. If swollen or knots are found along the tendon, or if the tendon feels jagged, cease activity an seek professional medical care.

Along with proper rest, icing, and anti-inflammatory medication, KT Tape can help relieve this pain and reduce inflammation along this crucial tendon*. Though even walking can become painful with Achilles injuries, KT Tape can get you moving again.

Application overview

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the calf muscles to the heel and is active during almost all activities including walking, jumping, and swimming. This dense tendon can withstand large forces, but can become inflamed and painful during periods of overuse. Pain results from inflammation (tendonitis) from overuse or trauma or a degenerating tendon (tendinosis). KT Tape helps treat this condition by increasing circulation and support.

What you need

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

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

Point toes towards the shin

0% stretch

A full strip under the bottom of the arch with no stretch.

50% stretch

Apply the tape up the Achilles with 50% stretch. Lay the last two inches of the tape down without stretch.

80% stretch

Anchor the middle of a half strip over the point of pain. Lay the last two inches of the tape down without stretch.

80% stretch

If there is pain higher up on tendon, anchor middle of a second half strip to another point of pain. Lay the last two inches of the tape down without stretch.