How to Tape a Partial Achilles Tendon Rupture
The Achilles tendon is a major band of connective tissue that runs from the heel up the calf and plays an important role in the foot's ability to bear weight and push off the ground. If the tendon is stretched too far, it can experience tearing, known as a rupture. Taping a partial Achilles rupture can provide support to the tendon, allowing an athlete to return to activity while limiting strain to the injured tendon.
Things You'll Need:
- · Shaver
- · Athletic tape
- · Tape pre-wrap
- Step 1
User a shaver to remove the hair on the bottom two-thirds of your calf.
- Step 2
Wrap tape pre-wrap around your ankle and continue wrapping in a continuous strip up the lower leg, ripping it off when you are about two-thirds of the way to the knee.
- Step 3
Wrap athletic tape from the top of the foot around the arch, and back to the top of the foot, creating an anchor on the foot.
- Step 4
Wrap athletic tape around the calf where the pre-wrap ends, creating an anchor on the calf.
- Step 5
Start a strip of tape on the bottom of the foot on the foot anchor and run it behind the heel and along the back of the leg, sticking it to the calf anchor.
- Step 6
Place two more strips of tape along the back of the leg connecting the two anchors; offset each strip a little from the first and have them cross over one another as they travel up the leg to create a supportive band along the Achilles tendon.
- Step 7
Place tape around the leg just above the ankle to secure the tape strips.
- Step 8
Place another strip of tape around the foot anchor and calf anchor to secure the loose ends of the three strips that are supporting the Achilles tendon