You know the saying about duct tape fixing everything? Well, it seems that KT Tape is the new fix-all around here.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the new foot accessories I’ve been flaunting. Since there has been so much interest, I though I’d introduce you all to Meet KT Tape Pro, as in Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape. I’m currently having a love affair with this product, rightly so.
On a couple of mornings, I woke up with severe ankle pain after doing a yoga session the night before. I was so sore that I couldn’t put any weight at all on my foot for a good 5 hours each time. For a fun mental picture, imagine me crawling around the house…
It turns out that my jumps from downward-facing dog up into a handstand aggravated my Peroneal Tendon (the tendon behind the ankle that extends up into the leg) and left me with tendinitis.
I was looking for some extra support for my wobbly ankles and feet and tender tendons. For a couple of weeks I used an elastic, but stiff, ankle wrap. It lessened the pain in my ankle but transferred a lot of pain into my hips because my gait was different since the wrap prevented my foot from bending naturally when I walked.
After buying all the “as seen online” products at the drugstore and not liking any of them, I tried this tape and it’s been an anklesaver. But it’s not only used for feet, oh no. It can be used anywhere that needs a little extra support such as the shoulders, back, knees, etc.
This stuff was one of the tools I used to get myself around Disneyland for 3 days! If I hadn’t used it, I would’ve been in a wheelchair for sure.
So what it is is a roll of 6-inch pieces of stretchy tape. They are flexible, water-resistant, non-bulky, and come off mostly painfree. The downside is that they do tend to peel at some of the edges after a while and this brand is pricey ($20). I’ve also used a knock-off brand ($4) and honestly it worked fairly well. I leave them on for about 4 days before I change them.
So those are the details. If you could use some muscle, tendon, or ligament support I highly recommend giving this stuff a try. Their website has 42 instructional videos for wrapping any part of your body that is giving you grief. There are a few times when you should NOT tape such as if you have blood clots, malignancies, etc.
But I predict that this stuff is going to start making appearances on many a body in the near future. Because, hey, it is just the coolest new fashion accessory around.
PS: It’s a Utah company that has gained nationwide acclaim!