How to Bind Your Toes

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How to Bind Your Toes
Toes help you stabilise your body weight when you are in motion. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Chinese foot binding is a 2,000-year-old tradition that deformed millions of feet. The practice was banned in 1912, but some villages still practised the tradition until much later. In the 21st century, the deforming act of foot binding is passe, but some forms of toe taping have evolved in healthy ways -- securing a broken toe, for example, or binding the toes to make a pair of heels more comfortable.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Surgical tape

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    Taping for Wearing High Heels

  1. 1

    Cut about 3 to 4 inches of tape off the spool. This measurement will change according to the size of your feet. But use enough tape to securely wrap around your third and fourth toes. Find your third toe by counting in from the big toe. Your fourth toe will be the one next to your pinky toe. Repeat the count on both feet.

  2. 2

    Secure one end of the tape to the top of your third toe by holding the end with your finger and using your dominate hand to wrap. Wrap the tape completely around both the third and fourth toes. The tape should be secure, but not so tight that it blocks circulation.

  3. 3

    Stand up and test the wrapping. The tape should be comfortable and not pinch. If it is too tight, remove the tape and redo the wrapping.

  4. 4

    Put on your heels and walk around. Adjust the tape if you feel any pinching. The bound toes will align the muscles of the feet to fit comfortably inside of a pair of heels.

    Taping a Broken Toe

  1. 1

    Place gauze between the broken toe and the adjacent supporting toe. This will absorb the moisture from sweat and body oils that collects throughout the day.

  2. 2

    Wrap 3 to 4 inches of surgical tape around the broken toe and the supporting toe. The healthy supporting toe will act as a splint for the broken toe while the bone heals.

  3. 3

    Replace the gauze and tape 2 to 3 times during the day to prevent fluid accumulation and ensure proper healing.

  4. 4

    Keep the foot elevated as much as possible. This will help with the drainage of excess fluid build-up.

Tips and warnings

  • See a doctor if you suspect your toe is broken to avoid unnecessary complications. Only wrap the toe after you have consulted with a doctor.

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