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Achilles Tendon Taping Technique

A simple sports taping technique can help take the strain off the achilles tendon while it is healing.

The following achilles taping guide is intended for information purposes only.  We recommend seeking professional advice before attempting any self help treatment.

Purpose of the taping

This taping can be used in the treatment of

  • Partial achilles tendon rupture.
  • Total achilles tendon rupture.
  • Achilles tendinitis.

The purpose of this taping is to support the achilles tendon by not allowing it to over stretch.

Materials required:

  • Adhesive spray and underwrap (or shave your leg!)
  • 5cm wide stretch adhesive tape
  • 3.5cm non stretch zinc oxide tape
  • A partner to apply the tape as it is not an easy one to do on yourself.

Step 1:

  • Apply underwrap tape onto sprayed legs or just shave the leg to enable the tape to stick and not take half your leg with it when you pull it off!
  • Apply two 'anchors' of 5cm stetch tapes above the bulk of the calf muscle and two around the mid foot.

Step 2:

  • Lie face down with the lower leg supported to allow the foot to point down as shown opposite.
  • Apply a strip of 5cm stretch tape from the foot anchor to the calf anchor
    applying a slight stretch.
  • Do not stick the tape to the tendon.

Step 3:

  • Now comes the tricky bit. Apply another strip of 5cm stretch tape starting at the outside top of the calf anchor.
  • Pass the tape down and across the calf to the inside of the heel.
  • Pass the tape under the heel to the outside of the ankle and cross over the calf to attach to the upper, inside anchor.

Step 4:

  • Finish off by applying strips of 3.5cm zinc oxide tape over the top and bottom anchors to secure the loose ends.
  • Don't tape all the way around the calf with this tape as it does not expand like the stretch tape. Just make sure you cover the ends of the downward strips to secure them.
  • A third strip of tape can be used just above the ankle as shown to secure the vertical strips.
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