If you’ve been hanging out with me for a bit, you might know that I’ve recently been waging an ugly war with peroneal tendonitis in my right leg. It took a couple different doctor visits to diagnose it including a very special visit to Dr. Drugsy McSurgery and then a successful appointment with Dr. Sports Med. I also visited my chiropractor Dr. D numerous times and he was the first one to introduce me to the wonders of kinesio tape. In the early stages of my recovery I think it was instrumental in helping my leg feel better, but I had no idea where to buy the good stuff he had in his office.
Instead I purchased some off-brand hot garbage from my local pharmacy. It was nowhere near as good as what Dr. D had used on me. It worked out okay for like one run at a time, but generally by the end of said run, I was dragging the tape behind me like some kind of unraveling runner mummy. However, the short-term results were good enough that I knew I wanted to invest in some better tape for my tendon because I was looking forward to my 10K and some long marathon training runs.
That’s when I started doing some research and discovered the wonder that is KT Tape.
Basically KT Tape is to your body what duct tape is to EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD that needs fixing. It’s an elastic sports tape that is designed to support and relieve pain in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It can literally be used for any soft tissue sports injury. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be from a sports injury. Maybe you forgot to lift from your knees when you were picking up your 33lb 2 year old and pulled your lower back – wait…that sounds frighteningly similar to my own life – or you have carpal tunnel from your office job. KT Tape can help you too.
There are two different kinds to choose from. The original KT Tape that is made of reinforced 100% cotton. The Pro tape is made of an “ultra-durable synthetic fabric”. Both types are designed to allow a full range of motion, while still providing support and increased strength to the problem area. The materials are very breathable so you can wear them for days at a time. Generally the cotton tape lasts anywhere from 1-3 days, while the Pro can be worn from 4-7.
The Pro tape is waterproof and you don’t even have to worry about it coming off in the shower, or in hot yoga class, or if you are sweating like a pig running on the trail like I was when I was dragging that cheap tape behind me like a poor, unaware person with toilet paper stuck to their shoe. Additionally it has the cool feature of being reflective for added safety when worn at night.
I was really excited to see what this stuff could do for me.
I put the KT Tape Pro to the test for the first time at Sole of the City last weekend. Contrary to what the snow going on outside my window right now would have me believe, it is baseball season so I chose the Blaze Orange tape to show support, not only for my tendon, but for my pathetic looking Orioles. It arrived in a handy protective case, which I appreciate because I can just throw it in my gym bag and not worry about it unraveling everywhere.
Because they have apparently thought of everything, KT Tape has a wonderful YouTube channel that you can use to reference your specific injury and find out how to tape for it. I found an easy-to-follow vid for peroneal tendonitis and the application was a breeze. I ended up taping the night before the race because I didn’t want to have to fumble with it as I was getting ready to leave in the morning, but it was easy enough that I think I could have done it half asleep. It comes in pre-cut strips so you don’t need to break out the scissors or measure anything.
As I was getting ready to go, I realized one of my most favorite things about this tape: when I put my compression sleeves on, the adhesive is so boss that it actually stays put. You would think this would be something obvious, but the cheap-o tape I used before became a bunched up mess as soon as I pulled my socks on over it.
I’ve still been dealing with a slight bit of discomfort from time to time, but with the KT Tape on at the starting line, I was feeling solid. I had a REALLY good race. I could feel the support from the tape the whole time and finished up pain free. Then it lasted through my shower that day and also the one I took the following morning after hitting up the gym for a cross train. Then I wore it downtown to the baseball game because it just feels so darn nice on my leg and also I was inadvertently representing my team in the process.
Since then I’ve re-applied once and it has helped me through a 7 miler and a fantastic 5 mile speed work session yesterday. I didn’t NEED to put new tape on after Sunday, but considering that I wore it while walking around inner city Baltimore in flip flops, it was probably a good idea. I don’t want to think about the scary filth that probably attached itself to my feet.
What they say about still maintaining your full range of motion even while getting support from the tape is totally true, and that’s so interesting to me because when you first put it on you almost feel like you shouldn’t be able to move as freely as you can. I LOVE IT. I’m already trying to decide which color I’m going to go with next – they have 10 to choose from! Maybe I should just get one of each so I can accessorize with any outfit.
And guess what guess what?!
You get to try it too!
I’ve partnered with KT Tape for an awesome giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a roll of the KT Tape Pro that I’ve been been raving about in the color of their choice! Here’s what you need to do:
Mandatory Entry: Visit the KT Tape website and tell me which color you would choose if you win!
Then as usual…other ways to enter:
- Like KT Tape on Facebook.
- Follow KT Tape on Twitter.
- Tweet about this giveaway!
- Follow KT Tape on Instagram.
- Like me on Facebook.
- Follow me on Twitter.
TAPE IT UP: KT TAPE GIVEAWAY!
This giveaway will end at midnight next Tuesday! Good luck to everyone!
Have you taped before? Did it help you as much as it helped me? Don’t forget to tell me your favorite color!
I was provided with a sample of KT Tape Pro to review and one to give away. I received no additional compensation for writing this post. The opinions expressed here are my own.