Q & A: Is it okay to use multiple tape applications on one specific area?

For example, can I tape my Achilles while also taping for plantar fasciitis? "The simple answer to this question is, yes, it is perfectly fine to apply multiple applications in most situations.  In fact, in the clinic it is fairly rare that I use a single application technique in isolation.  For example, with an acute lateral ankle sprain I may use a lymphatic assisting application to decrease swelling that uses no stretch on the tape while also using a lateral ankle technique which places moderate stretch on the tape in order to provide improved feedback and stability over the injured area.  In this example, two very different techniques are utilized to achieve separate goals for the same injury. Another example is with common shoulder applications, with one application used to inhibit the Deltoid to avoid shoulder impingement while another application is used to change the mechanics of the scapula (shoulder blade) or to encourage rotator cuff function.  It is again the use of multiple though separate application techniques to achieve various goals of the treatment. As for the question of taping an Achilles injury as well as plantar fasciitis, there are applications where both these areas are taped even if only one of the areas is injured.  This is due to Achilles and calf tightness or restriction in motion being linked to the development of plantar fasciitis. It is only when one application voids the desired effect of a differently applied technique that multiple techniques would not be used.  However, this is rare and usually only occurs if the goals of the application are forgotten.  In practical use it is quite often that multiple applications are utilized in combination to achieve various goals.  I personally have yet to witness any individual applying kinesiology-taping techniques in way that would cause serious harm, nor can I even reason situations where applications would be detrimental to an injury.  My advice is to tape using combinations of techniques and applications so it is tailored to the individual and their goals."   – Chris Harper, Doctor of Physical Therapy/Certified Orthopedic Specialist, Draper, UT ** KT Tape adheres best to skin.  When using multiple taping applications in the same area, where tape may be applied over tape, we suggest rubbing the tape a little more in these applications to insure sufficient heat activation.  Consider using UltraStick adhesive spray to provide extra adhesion to the area as well. **