Kinesiology tape can help with mild to moderate pain associated with Achilles tendinitis. If the pain is severe, you should obviously see your doctor because no amount of tape is going to help. The tape can also be used as preventative measure if you suffer from recurring bouts of Achilles pain.
Application of kinesio tape effectively lifts the skin slightly which improves the blood flow to the painful area. The tape has a “give” or flexibility of about 5 to 10% so it keeps your heel fairly rigid with just a little bit of flexibility.
It is designed to be worn for days at a time, and can be worn through showers, exercising, etc. It is quite rugged. Kinesiology tape is especially popular with long-distance runners who suffer from persistent bouts of tendinitis.
The application of the tape can be a bit tricky, but it is not rocket science. I have embedded a YouTube video below which will walk you through the process of applying the tape to your skin.
Achilles tendinitis can take a long time to heal, and if you don’t go to a doctor and deal with it, the tenant can snap or rupture. So don’t take that chance. If you have persistent or extreme pain your Achilles heel, see a doctor and get it checked out.