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Hi, I'm Dr. Robert Fenell with HandandFootPain.com, and today, I'm going to show you how to strap a foot for plantar fasciitis. First of all, let's talk about plantar fasciitis, and what it actually is. The plantar fascia runs from the heel area out to all five toes. It's a fascial tissue, it's the soft tissue, combined of tendinous and muscular tissue, and it becomes stressed due to misalignments of the foot bones. Whenever you stand, walk, play, run, jump, whatever you do on a day to day basis, those repetitive stresses and potentially even injuries, can cause you to lose the healthy alignment of these 26 bones. These bones will either misalign rotating one way or the other way, which places an unbearable amount of stress on that plantar fascia, causing it to become painful and inflamed at the bottom of the heel or in the middle of the arch area. So, we're going to show you how to strap for that to help relieve the tension from your plantar fasciitis. To strap a foot for plantar fasciitis, you're going to start with either one, or one and a half inch athletic tape. The one inch can be used for smaller feet of course, and the one and a half for average sized feet. So, today I'm going to use the inch and a half tape. You're going to rip off six strips, each about six inches long, and we're going to start by putting a base layer of two strips going in an X form. So, I'm going to put one strip like that, and one strip like that, making an X on the bottom of the foot. And, we want to try to make sure this is smooth and not wrinkly. Perfect. So, that's right where we're going to tape for your plantar fascia. Now, we're going to take and put four support strips across, starting at the top of the X. We're going to start from the outside of the foot, and tape across to the arch with just a slight bit of tension. Each subsequent strip, we're going to overlap about 50 percent of the prior strip. Taping, of course, may not correct your plantar fasciitis, but it's really going to help to alleviate the symptoms. So, that way, when you do work to correct it, it's going to help to give you a better functioning foot in the process. And, there you go. That's how you strap for plantar fasciitis. This tape is going to give adequate support as you stand and walk throughout the day to help give you comfort and strength for your foot. Again, I'm Dr. Robert Fenell with HandandFootPain.com, and thank you for watching my video on how to strap a foot for plantar fasciitis.