How to apply KT Tape: Calf

Calf muscles can be torn, pulled or experience cramping due to extreme stretching or overuse. Abrupt acceleration or changes in direction can often be the culprit. Calf injuries are much more common in men than in women, especially among middle-ages athletes. They most always occur acutely, or all at once due to the forceful and abrupt acceleration. Unfortunately, once one has had a calf tear, that individual is more likely to have another in the future.

The resulting pain and tightness can be painful, sometimes severe. Often times an audible pop is heard and the individual reports feeling like that were shot in the leg or hit with a stick. More often than not the pain radiates to the feet and to the knee where the muscles start and end. Swelling is common, but should be taken very seriously if severe.

Everyone will recover from calf injuring at a different rate, but using KT Tape will help speed the process, relax the muscles, and relieve the associated pain*. Rest, ice, and compression will also be valuable treatments. Severe conditions such as DVT (deep venous thrombosis – blood clot), or compartment syndromes, could be the cause of pain. If there is any doubt, please seek professional medical care. Be very careful with NSAIDs as they may cause more internal bleeding and a great risk for DVT movement due to their blood thinning effects.

Application overview

The calf muscles are responsible for extending the foot in the push-off phase of running. These muscles are often subjected to soreness as a result of overuse injuries such as inflammation and tissue damage. KT Tape helps treat this condition by relaxing the muscles, increasing circulation, and reducing pressure.

What you need

2-3 strips of KT TAPE

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

Stretch the calf

0% stretch

Anchor a full strip three inches above the base of the heel without stretch.

25% stretch

Apply tape around medial side of the calf with 25%.

0% stretch

Apply the last two inches of the tape without stretch.

0% stretch

Apply a full strip of tape around the lateral side of the calf to form a V using the same technique used with the first strip.

0% stretch

Tape 2-3 inches below the point of pain.

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.