How to Tape Shin Splints
How to Tape Shin Splints Correctly
In my previous post I discussed posterior shin splints treatment but omitted to write about the benefit of taping. Taping for shin splints is usually done to provide compression to the lower leg while you are actually suffering from the condition, thus reducing inflammation, and in some cases, it also decreases pain.
A licensed physiotherapist knows how to tape shin splints correctly depending on the severity of the case, so it is worthwhile seeking one out rather than trying to do the job yourself!
What Types of Tape Are Used?
When considering the material to be used for taping shin splints, a physiotherapist will first look at how long the condition has been causing a problem, the routine of the patient (used to evaluate the strength of the tape) and the availability of the material. Mueller shin splint tape is the most commonly used material because it is easy to obtain and manipulate.
It provides the right amount of compression, but will often require the legs to be shaven, since the tape works best when directly in contact with skin. The physical therapist may ask you to shave the body hair on your affected shin, as taking the tape off would be extremely painful without doing so.
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Zinc oxide shin splint tape will normally be used should this be the case. Unlike Mueller tape, zinc oxide tape is non-elastic. The therapist will usually use an adhesive material in order to hold the zinc oxide together.
There are numerous ways on how to tape shin splints using zinc oxide depending on where the physical therapist wants to anchor the material, but the most common one starts with the medial malleolus of the tibia, the bony prominence at the medial part of the ankle. It will provide the initial compression on the Achilles tendon, although it is not advised to tape this too tight.
It is preferable that the tightness in the taping be found in the anterior, rather than in the posterior portion of the lower leg. The physical therapist may modify how to tape shin splints but the general direction is to start at the bottom of the area being taped and working upwards, covering all areas where pain generally occurs. As mentioned earlier, an adhesive material will be used to keep the zinc oxide tape in place, and this will be applied from top, spiraling downwards. It is also important to cover all areas where pain is felt.
The physical therapist, as well as being skilled in how to tape shin splints, will also know how to select the proper material to be used for compression to lessen the pain in the medial tibial stress syndrome.
There is always the possibility that some patients might actually be mildly allergic to zinc oxide, and because the material is in contact with the skin for a prolonged time it may have an adverse affect on the skin tissue. It must also be remembered to keep most compression forces on the anterior part – special caution must be observed in the area of the Achilles tendon, because too much strain on this part may actually increase the discomfort.
No matter how good taping is as a supportive treatment for shin splints it will never eliminate them so if you are fed up of painful shin splints that keep coming back, time and time again, it is probably time you discovered how to get rid of shin splints for good and you can do so by using the proven 5 step elimination plan as laid out in Gary Buchenic’s ‘Stop Shin Splints Forever’ which you can learn more about by clicking here.
Have a great shin splints free day!
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