Plantar pain

  1. Who Runs A Marathon? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Did you run a marathon last year? People are lining up in droves to run the hottest marathons in the US such as the Chicago marathon, one of the Rock n Roll marathons, the LA marathon, or the many others. We know because we are there. In 2011, more than half a million Americans completed a marathon. Each year marathons grow in popularity and exhibit a greater diversity in their participants. However, the number of injuries sustained year after year has remained unchanged. Leave a comment and let us know why you think the number of injuries is not increasing.

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    Who Runs A Marathon

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  2. Day to Day Dangers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, popular sporting activities for nearly all ages rack up an impressive number of treated injuries and hospitalizations throughout the year.

    We examine national injury estimates from a CPSC survey of more than 90 hospitals to find out which sports are the most dangerous.

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    KT Tape Day To Day Dangers

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  3. Young Bloods: The Truth about High School Sports [INFOGRAPHIC]

    High school athletes have always debated which sport is the toughest and most dangerous. The bigger issue, however is safety. As more and more athletes are getting into year-round sports, and competing at higher levels, there is growing concern for the safety of high school athletes and the long term effects that injuries have both on and off the field.

    The following graphic takes a look at which sports are the most dangerous, if boys or girls are getting hurt more, and how much time is being lost for recovery.

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  4. 3 More KT Tape instructions for knee's, lower back, and arch pain.

    Here are three more new KT Tape apps hot off the press from the studio. These apps are all improved versions of some of our most popular instructions. First, is an updated video for the runners knee and full knee support applications. The new application starts by only using a 1/2 strip of KT Tape for the first strip which makes it easier to apply and helps prevent it from falling off prematurely. It also provides support, pain relief, and normal body mechanics without restricting motion or circulation like other treatments

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    The second video is for lower back pain and is an updated version of our SI Joint application. If you've ever tried the the SI Joint app and liked it then you'll love this one. We've added an extra strip of tape to this application which provides greater relief of pressure and pain, greater proprioceptive support, and increases circulation to promote the healing process. Relief is generally felt immediately and allows the body to return to a healthy posture and normal function.

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    The third video is for arch pain which is an improved version of the plantar fasciitis application. We basically beefed up the application to provide extra strength support. Using KT Tape for this condition has shown tremendous results in alleviating pain and promoting the healing process. KT Tape provides comfortable and conformable support for the arch serving to relax the foot and reduce inflammation. Reduced activity, stretching the calves, massage therapy, weight loss in overweight individuals, foam rolling, ice, and NSAIDs can all serve to help alleviate symptoms and treat plantar fasciitis. Stretch the calves and plantar fascia before going to bed and before getting out of bed.

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    We'll continue posting new applications daily and all of the applications will be available on the instructions page soon. Leave a comment and let us know what you think? Thx!

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  5. Plantar Pain? Try this NEW KT Tape Application!


    Welcome to a brand NEW KT Tape Application- not available anywhere else except here on the blog and on our Facebook Fan Page!

    What Are Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in athletes and non-athletes alike, affecting approximately two million Americans each year. This condition is characterized by medial or midline heel pain in the instep and ranges from sharp, achy and burning, to stabbing. It is usually worst in the mornings on the first few steps and improves with activity, although prolonged activity like standing can also provoke pain.  

     How Does KT Tape Work for Plantar Fasciitis?

    KT Taping in particular has shown to dramatically reduce pain and prevent compensation injuries. The proprioceptive lift on the plantar fascia approximates the tissue and returns the affected anatomy to a more natural state. Studies support the theory that the surface sensation also appears to increase blood flow and therefore reduce inflammation. Whatever the mechanism of pain reduction, the decreased pain allows the athlete and non-athlete alike to avoid limping or other movements associated with pain compensation that often lead to additional problems in the biomechanical chain. Addressing the issue with KT Taping in combination with the above techniques is highly recommended. 

    For more information on plantar fasciitis by KT Tape provider and Airrosti clinician Dr. Billy Kuykendall, DC, click here.  

    Let us know what you think of this NEW application by leaving your comments here on the blog or by posting on our Facebook page!

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  6. Tearing Up Tape at the National Marathon Expo

    dr amy national marathon 2This weekend the KT Tape team tore up the tape for marathon and half marathon runners at the National Marathon Expo in Washington, DC.  We were joined by Nova Pain and Rehab Chiropractor Dr. Amy Grabowski, who specializes in chiropractic, athletic rehab, and sports injury prevention in Arlington, VA and is a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. 


    The most popular KT Tape application requested at the expo was for that nagging knee pain, but we also taped a ton of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and IT Bands

    dr amy national marathonCongratulations to all the athletes who finished the race despite the record cold temperatures- we’ll see you there next year!

    If you were a registered participant of the race, click on this link to take the 2011 NATIONAL MARATHON POST RACE SURVEY.

    To view the preliminary race results, click here.

    To find the Nova Pain and Rehab Clinic nearest you, visit the KT Tape Clinic Locator or visit the Nova Pain and Rehab website.

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  7. The Truth About Plantar Fasciitis

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    KT Tape provider and Airrosti clinician Dr. Billy Kuykendall, DC explains the causes, symptoms, and best treatment practices for Plantar Fasciitis, with a specific focus on how KT Tape works to alleviate pain and enhance the healing process.  

    What Are Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in athletes and non-athletes alike, affecting approximately two million Americans each year. This condition is characterized by medial or midline heel pain in the instep and ranges from sharp, achy and burning, to stabbing. It is usually worst in the mornings on the first few steps and improves with activity, although prolonged activity like standing can also provoke pain.  

    What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

    In athletes, plantar pain is most commonly caused by sudden changes in the intensity, volume, or modality of the training program, or changes in the training surface or footwear. In non-athletes, the most common root of plantar pain lies within the level of conditioning of the patient. Increased weight, abrupt increases in physical activity, and insufficient conditioning for desired activity are all factors to be considered and may lengthen the overall treatment plan due to the chronic and degenerative nature of this condition.

    Athletes of all levels can typically look at the appearance of plantar pain as a symptom of biomechanical dysfunction in the lower limb. This means that other problem areas along the same functional chain must be assessed and accounted for to fix the problem. Reducing the mechanical stress on the plantar fascia may also include addressing previous injuries to and tension imbalances around the ankle, knee, hips, and low back.

     Current thinking suggests that the problem is more complex than simply an inflamed site of origin for the plantar aponeurosis, the central portion of the plantar fascia (Plantar Aponeurosis). Spasms deeper in the foot, along with tension imbalances between the posterior and anterior calf muscles, are both common causes. The resulting tension imbalance in the foot and calf increases fatigue, stress, and strain on the soft tissues and joints and must be addressed for the prevention of pain recurrence.

     What Are Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis?

    Manual therapy, KT Taping, arch supports, and gait training are all effective ways of managing this condition. Self management includes ice therapy after activity, stretching, and myofascial release tools like foam rollers, lacrosse balls, and sticks. Experienced athletes, especially runners, can always benefit from working on their overall mobility between races with strength and flexibility training. The same goes for the less conditioned patient with a higher percentage of time being spent on weight management, establishing proper mechanics, and core stability.

     How Does KT Tape Work for Plantar Fasciitis?

    KT Taping in particular has shown to dramatically reduce pain and prevent compensation injuries. The proprioceptive lift on the plantar fascia approximates the tissue and returns the affected anatomy to a more natural state. Studies support the theory that the surface sensation also appears to increase blood flow and therefore reduce inflammation. Whatever the mechanism of pain reduction, the decreased pain allows the athlete and non-athlete alike to avoid limping or other movements associated with pain compensation that often lead to additional problems in the biomechanical chain. Addressing the issue with KT Taping in combination with the above techniques is highly recommended. 

    For instructions on how to tape for Plantar Fasciitis, click here.  To find a KT Tape provider near you, visit our Clinic Locator.

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    Billy Kuykendall DC, is an Airrosti Certified Provider practicing in Carrollton, TX. Dr. Kuykendall completed undergraduate studies in biology at Austin College before attending Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas. Careers in personal training and pharmaceutical sales allowed Dr. Kuykendall to develop a unique approach to healthcare while studying at Parker. He joined Airrosti due to its outcomes based diagnostic and treatment model based on correcting acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. He now lives in Dallas with his three children and enjoys Crossfit as well as Russian Kettlebell exercise programs.

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  8. What is the Most Popular KT Tape Injury at the Expo?

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    We had a blast last month at the Walt Disney World Marathon Expo.   Over 60,000 fans visited the expo and we taped non-stop through the whole race weekend!   Here are a few of our favorite taping experiences- including the most unusual and most popular injuries we witnessed…



    Favorite Quote from a New Customer: “I have not felt this good in ten years!” –Yoram, after applying KT Tape on his Achilles Tendon for the first time.

     From Pam, Goofy Challenge Finisher:  “I ran the Goofy (39.3 miles within 24 hours) with Plantar Fasciitis and a heel spur… had a WONDERFUL experience and am recovering better than ever because of my KT Tape.  Thank you for the team’s incredible (and hard!) work at the Expo.  You all were wall-to-wall both days.  Grateful.”

     From Andy, a devoted KT Tape user:  “Thanks for running with me and supporting my right ankle throughout the race.  Couldn't have made it to this point without you!  …I look forward to seeing you all… for sure at next year's Disney Marathon! (and everytime I look in my gym bag!! LOL ;)”

     From Mike, a first-time KT Taper:  “I met you this past weekend and you taped up my IT Bands!  I finished my first Marathon and I don’t think I could have done it without your help!”

     From Ron, a frequent KT Taper:  “Thanks for taping my foot both days at Disney. It made a huge difference and I may have not finished the marathon without it. You helped me a lot and a felt like I was getting personalized service which is amazing considering how many people you taped that weekend. You helped a lot of people that weekend. Good job.” From Chelsea, after her first self-application of KT Tape:  "You taped up my dad’s ankles and showed me how to tape my hip yesterday at the Disney running expo.  I just wanted to thank you!  I taped up last night and do not feel any pain in my hip as of yet since the marathon!  My dad also said his ankles and knees feel the best they have after running a long distance!  Thanks for all your help."

     Most Unusual Injury:  “We met at the DisneyWorld race expo.  I am the girl with the 2 inch sewing needle in her foot.  Just thought I would drop you a note to tell you that the weekend went great.  Got through both the 1/2 and the full marathons without any pain.  Yipee!  Between the KT tape and some acupuncture, it made all the difference between what would have been complete agony and a fun Disney experience.  I will definitely be trying the KT tape again in the future and have already recommended it to some of my running friends.  So, thanks for taping up my toe and foot!  Super grateful!”

     Most Popular Injury Taped at Disney Marathon Expo: 

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    As many of you guessed, it’s RUNNER’S KNEE!


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  9. Why We Do What We Do

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    This image captures it all- with her daughter on one side, her friend on the other, and KT Tape on her ankle, Blair crossed the finish line victorious in her first marathon ever.

    Can you see her KT Tape?  Here is a hint- it’s in her favorite color- hot pink!

    Blair explains, “I had my foot/ankle taped at the KT Tape booth at the expo. The tape kept my pain at bay for 26.2 miles. This was my first marathon. I love your product- and the fact that the tape is available in hot pink! Thanks!”

    Thank you, Blair!  Your determination and success are an inspiration to us all!

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  10. Run for the Health of it

    runnigntrailRunning has always been revered as a great way to stay in shape.  As avid supporters and partakers in the running community, KT Tape knows the benefits of running.  We feel better when we run.   But what exactly are the health advantages of being a runner?  Here is an interesting article from by Amy Rushlow from Runner’s World on the magic of running:

    Scientists have discovered the fountain of youth—it's running. Studies continue to find that hitting the roads improves health and well-being. "The biggest benefits come from vigorous exercise like running," says JoAnn Manson, M.D., chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Here are the latest reasons to lace up.

    LOOK AHEAD: People who run more than 35 miles a week are 54 percent less likely to suffer age-related vision loss than those who cover 10 miles a week.

    KEEP THE BEAT: Runners who log a weekly run of 10 miles (or more) are 39 percent less likely to use high-blood-pressure meds and 34 percent less likely to need cholesterol meds compared with those who don't go farther than three miles.

    FUNCTION WELL: Men who burn at least 3,000 calories per week (equal to about five hours of running) are 83 percent less likely to have severe erectile dysfunction.

    BUILD BONE: Running strengthens bones better than other aerobic activities, say University of Missouri researchers who compared the bone density of runners and cyclists. Sixty-three percent of the cyclists had low density in their spine or hips; only 19 percent of runners did.

    THINK FAST: British workers were surveyed on a day they worked out and a day they didn't. People said they made fewer mistakes, concentrated better, and were more productive on the day they were active.

    STAY SHARP: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reported that women who were active as teenagers were less likely to develop dementia later in life.

    SLEEP TIGHT: Insomniacs fell asleep in 17 minutes on days they ran, compared to 38 minutes on days they didn't. They also slept for an extra hour on days they exercised.

    SNEEZE LESS: People who exercise for an hour a day are 18 percent less likely to suffer upper-respiratory-tract infections than those who are inactive, according to a study from Sweden. Moderate activity boosts immunity.

    BREATHE EASY: Researchers had asthmatics do two cardio workouts and one strength session a week. After three months, they reported less wheezing and shortness of breath.

    LIVE LONGER: A review of 22 studies found that people who work out 2.5 hours a week are 19 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who don't exercise. A separate study found that active people have a 50 percent lower risk of premature death.

    So there you have it.  And don't forget to treat ailments like runner’s knee or plantar fasciitis with KT Tape to keep your body in motion and so you can take advantage of all those health benefits.

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