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question about taping

Posted by kay on 10/20/02 at 10:11 (097953)

i have been seeing a p.t. for the foot i did not have surgery on. we are trying the astm. on my first visit there he taped my foot when we were done with the p.t. i forced myself to wear the tape for 4 hours but i swear it made my foot hurt worse! i know they recommend the taping and i don't understand why my foot hurt worse with it. any idea's?
kat

Re: question about taping

kay on 10/20/02 at 10:25 (097955)

i just remembered i have other questions.
i need to get some orthotics. i tried the cutom made ones that cost an arm and a leg a few years ago but they were to big, so they adjusted them and then i couldn't wear them at all they made me hurt so bad. i finally threw them out. so the ones i get at the store haven't enough arch support. i have a very high arch.
which one is for me. how do i know which ones have a higher arch support. i cannot tell by the pictures at superfeet.
i've had surgery on my right foot in june and have no relief. the pain is starting to get to me mentally. i am on anti depressants and they worked for several months when i has a wee bit of hope for improvement. but now i have no hope left. i can't stand for more than 10 minutes. yesterday i tried to go to walmart. i was in tears by the time i got into the car. i have no life. i thought i'd at least try some other orthotics before i do myself in....just kidding. hlep!
kay

Re: question about taping

kay on 10/20/02 at 10:31 (097956)

i just reread my post.......sorry for the typo's.
kay

Re: question about taping

john h on 10/20/02 at 11:00 (097959)

What size do you wear Kay?

Re: question about taping

Julie on 10/20/02 at 13:58 (097969)

Kay, if your foot hurt worse after you were taped, it may because the tape was applied too tightly. I feel that it's better to do it yourself: you have more control.

Have a look at part 2 of the heel pain book, where you'll find suggestions for taping techniques that you can apply yourself. Taping is a very useful treatment for PF because it actually rests the fascia and gives it a chance to heal, while at the same time relieving the pain. It has helped lots of people, including me: I taped daily for several months when my PF was bad.

You may need to experiment a bit to get the tension right. And you need a good quality tape that will hold its tension throughout a normal day's activities.

Do try it, and come back and ask questions if you need to.

Re: question about taping

Vicki W on 10/24/02 at 08:32 (098214)

Kay,I also have very high arches and found that the green superfeet are the best for me. If you go to a store that does custom fitting, you can get a superfeet orthotic custom molded to your foot for about $50.00 - a lot cheaper than what the specialist make & don't work according to what I have read by most people on this board. I tried other types store bought inserts: powerstep, spencos, birkenstock inserts but found the superfeet seemed to work best for me so far. But everyone is different. Also, if you go to http://www.roadrunnersports.com , they will tell you for most shoes they sell, which are best for high arches, which for low or flat arches, etc. The orthotic and the shoe have to work together for the best comfort. Hope this helps. I am fairly new to this condition so I am still experimenting myself. A friend of mine who had PF said that when I got done with playing around with various orthotics, she would give me the name of her Dr. who does accupuncture & that this is the only thing that worked for her. If my PF doesn't get better by later this winter, I might try it. Good luck. Hope you find something that works for you.

Re: question about taping

John in Santa Cruz on 10/31/02 at 18:15 (098838)

Julie, I agree with you totally on the taping. For some reason, it provides better support to the arch (pulling it up?) over an orthotic that tries to merely fill a space.

John in SC

Re: John re taping

Julie on 11/01/02 at 02:13 (098863)

Taping was a lifesaver for me, so I'm a huge fan. But I don't agree that an orthotic merely fills a space. A well-casted, correctly prescribed, made and fitted orthotic does much more than that: it corrects faulty biomechanics. But maybe you were speaking of OTC arch supports?

The doctors have pointed out that if taping works, it's a sign that custom orthotics are needed and will help more than tape. When my PF was at its worst, I used them together, with an ankle and arch support on top on really bad days.

Re: question about taping

kay on 10/20/02 at 10:25 (097955)

i just remembered i have other questions.
i need to get some orthotics. i tried the cutom made ones that cost an arm and a leg a few years ago but they were to big, so they adjusted them and then i couldn't wear them at all they made me hurt so bad. i finally threw them out. so the ones i get at the store haven't enough arch support. i have a very high arch.
which one is for me. how do i know which ones have a higher arch support. i cannot tell by the pictures at superfeet.
i've had surgery on my right foot in june and have no relief. the pain is starting to get to me mentally. i am on anti depressants and they worked for several months when i has a wee bit of hope for improvement. but now i have no hope left. i can't stand for more than 10 minutes. yesterday i tried to go to walmart. i was in tears by the time i got into the car. i have no life. i thought i'd at least try some other orthotics before i do myself in....just kidding. hlep!
kay

Re: question about taping

kay on 10/20/02 at 10:31 (097956)

i just reread my post.......sorry for the typo's.
kay

Re: question about taping

john h on 10/20/02 at 11:00 (097959)

What size do you wear Kay?

Re: question about taping

Julie on 10/20/02 at 13:58 (097969)

Kay, if your foot hurt worse after you were taped, it may because the tape was applied too tightly. I feel that it's better to do it yourself: you have more control.

Have a look at part 2 of the heel pain book, where you'll find suggestions for taping techniques that you can apply yourself. Taping is a very useful treatment for PF because it actually rests the fascia and gives it a chance to heal, while at the same time relieving the pain. It has helped lots of people, including me: I taped daily for several months when my PF was bad.

You may need to experiment a bit to get the tension right. And you need a good quality tape that will hold its tension throughout a normal day's activities.

Do try it, and come back and ask questions if you need to.

Re: question about taping

Vicki W on 10/24/02 at 08:32 (098214)

Kay,I also have very high arches and found that the green superfeet are the best for me. If you go to a store that does custom fitting, you can get a superfeet orthotic custom molded to your foot for about $50.00 - a lot cheaper than what the specialist make & don't work according to what I have read by most people on this board. I tried other types store bought inserts: powerstep, spencos, birkenstock inserts but found the superfeet seemed to work best for me so far. But everyone is different. Also, if you go to http://www.roadrunnersports.com , they will tell you for most shoes they sell, which are best for high arches, which for low or flat arches, etc. The orthotic and the shoe have to work together for the best comfort. Hope this helps. I am fairly new to this condition so I am still experimenting myself. A friend of mine who had PF said that when I got done with playing around with various orthotics, she would give me the name of her Dr. who does accupuncture & that this is the only thing that worked for her. If my PF doesn't get better by later this winter, I might try it. Good luck. Hope you find something that works for you.

Re: question about taping

John in Santa Cruz on 10/31/02 at 18:15 (098838)

Julie, I agree with you totally on the taping. For some reason, it provides better support to the arch (pulling it up?) over an orthotic that tries to merely fill a space.

John in SC

Re: John re taping

Julie on 11/01/02 at 02:13 (098863)

Taping was a lifesaver for me, so I'm a huge fan. But I don't agree that an orthotic merely fills a space. A well-casted, correctly prescribed, made and fitted orthotic does much more than that: it corrects faulty biomechanics. But maybe you were speaking of OTC arch supports?

The doctors have pointed out that if taping works, it's a sign that custom orthotics are needed and will help more than tape. When my PF was at its worst, I used them together, with an ankle and arch support on top on really bad days.