Life with MS & EDS

June 8, 2010

Kinesio Tape – Ankles

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When Little Sister was about a year old, her physical therapist had just taken a course on kinesio tape (a flexible, cotton strip with a very mild adhesive.)  We decided to try it on her stomach to see if it would help improve her muscle tone in her abdomen.  While it took a while for her to be able to sit on her own, we knew the kinesio tape was helping.  It was the strangest thing, but it even helped her constipation problems. We continued taping for about a year.  I got really good at taping her stomach.  We even used it on her legs.  Once she started moving around on her own, we stopped using it and threw the remainder of the large, expensive roll of tape into her closet.

I was looking in her closet last week and noticed the tape sitting on the top shelf.  I got to thinking.  What if kinesio tape could help my collapsing ankles?  I had the tape.  Why not give it a try?  So, I brought it with me to the chiropractor this week on the off chance he knew something about it.  Thankfully he did!  He taped my ankles and showed me how to do it.  He explained that the idea is to run the tape along the muscles.  Strengthening the muscles will help stabilize the joints.  That’s what seems to be a key component in managing Ehlers-Danlos.

The idea is to apply the tape starting at the ankle muscle to stimulate the muscle and run the tape up the leg.  For my application, we cut a strip of the tape approximately 7 inches for the front of my leg and 10 for the back of my leg.  Cut the strip down the middle, but keep the bottom 2-3 inches intact (see the picture below.)  Pull the backing off the tape from the bottom part and place it on the achilles part of the back of your ankle (you may need someone to do the back part for you, but the front is easy to do on your own.)  Then peel the backing off the cut strips and run them up the legs as shown below.  Make sure the tape is smooth.  You don’t want any bumps. For the front, place over the muscle in the front of the ankle.  Follow the nevicular (the nobby part on the outside of your ankle) around to the front of your foot.  The bottom of the tape should be slightly below there.

The down side of the 5 year old tape I have is that it’s not very sticky (not that kinesio tape is particularly sticky to begin with.)  This is great for my extremely sensitive skin, but it peels off pretty quickly.  I expect to be doing the taping every 1 – 2 days.  It’s easy to do, so I don’t mind.  I hope it will be worth it and that I’ll be able to walk around without my ankles giving out.  I’ll let you know if I see any improvement!



  1. Very interesting about this tape. I never knew it even existed.

    I just saw my new primary and we discussed CCSVI. She has me coming back in two days for a doppler test of jugular and vertebral veins. I hope this is the right thing. They do this in her office, a doppler technician comes in once a week. My new doc said she is going to read up on CCSVI, and review all the records I gave her of the MRIs and of the last neurologist notes. I hope she does. I don’t want her to do this test and it is not the right procedure and then she shoots me down. Doctors these days seem so harried and scattered, not very able to really do much more than scrape the surface of your problems. Trying to stay hopeful.

    Comment by karen — June 22, 2010 @ 11:59 am

  2. I noticed you use Kinesio tape and you remark it. Is not very sticky and you need to poss apply every 1-2 days, so I thought I would reply with some tips!.

    Make sure its applied to clean dry skin, round the edges of the tape as it stops it lifting in the corners and then really rub the tape once applied to activate the adhesive! When showering, pat dry, don’t rub too!

    I use it quite a bit in my line of work and find these tips help my clients get around 4-5 days out of theirs!

    Good luck. Erin x

    Comment by erin rose — July 15, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

  3. Thanks, Erin! I’m glad you mentioned these tips. I do those things, too, and it really does buy you more time before having to change the tape.

    Comment by mseds — July 15, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

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