Teaching Patients How To Use Rocktape For Injury Prevention And Rehabilitation

Jenny L Sanders DPM

We use tape for many conditions. We use tape to illustrate what custom orthotic support might feel like. We use tape to rehabilitate plantar fasciitis. Typically, however, we do the taping as opposed to teaching our patients how to tape themselves.

During the 2008 Summer Olympics, taping came to the forefront when Olympians competing in sports ranging from volleyball to water polo sported a brightly colored athletic tape called Kinesio Taping®. In 2009, Rocktape (www.rocktape.com ) became a major competitor to Kinesio. However, while one needs to be certified to promote and use Kinesio Taping, this is not the case with Rocktape.

Although Rocktape is geared toward the athlete, podiatrists can use Rocktape for any condition for which they would normally apply tape. Similar to Tensoplast® (formerly Elastoplast®), Rocktape is an elastic tape that one can use for support and compression. The best part is that you can teach your patients how to do this themselves and the tape stays on for four to five days.

Rocktape has how-to videos on its Web site as well as a brochure packaged with each roll with instructions on how to apply the tape. Rocktape also sells wholesale to podiatrists so your patients can purchase this directly from your office rather than buying it somewhere else.

I have used Rocktape on patients who have plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, stress fractures and ankle sprains/instability. I recently posted instructional videos on how to self-tape for plantar fasciitis and posterior tibial tendonitis using Rocktape. Here’s the link you can share with your patients: http://drshoe.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/rocktape-for-injury-prevention-an... .

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