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How to Tape Flat Arches for Running

by Timothy Onkst

Running with flat feet can leave you injured and in pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, flat feet refers to a flattened arch which allows your entire foot to touch the ground. The Mayo Clinic notes that flat feet can cause problems in the knees and ankles by throwing off the alignment of the foot and body. Using tape to support flat arches can help eliminate pain and problems that come from running with flat feet.

Step 1

Place anchor strips of tape across the ball of the foot, stopping on the side. Connect an anchor strip across the top of the foot to the strip from the bottom. These anchors will be used to attach the arch tape.

Step 2

Place a strip of tape from the ball of the big toe around the heel and attach it back to the mid-point of the anchor strip. Repeat this step two to three more times.

Step 3

Attach a strip of tape from the ball of the little toe around the heel and attach the tape back to the mid-point of the anchor strip. Repeat this step two to three more times.

Step 4

Tape closing strips of tape on to keep the tape job in place. Start by overlapping strips across the bottom of the foot, beginning at the ball and finishing in the middle of the foot.

Step 5

Place finishing strips on the side of the foot, starting at the top of the anchor strips and wrapping around the heel to finish on the top of the other side of foot.

Items you will need

  • Athletic tape

Photo Credits:

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