Taping Tuesday: Calf Pain

The calf muscle consists of three separate muscles and leads into the Achilles tendon.  The three muscles are the gastrocnemius, plantaris, and soleus.  This muscle group’s main function is plantar flexion of the foot, or the act of planting and pushing off with the foot during walking and running.  Majority of calf strains occur in the gastrocnemius part of the muscle and usually happens when jumping or suddenly changing directions.

KT Tape’s approach involves two regular strips of tape that start at the Achilles tendon and run outward both laterally and medially.  Rocktape focuses one regular strip of tape down the center of the muscle with a shorter tape that is positioned perpendicular to the first across the largest part of the muscle.  Both are effective in stabilizing and supporting the calf muscle.

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