Anterior Compartment Syndrome Taping

This is an excellent taping for anterior shin compartment syndrome (anterior shin splints). It is virtually identical to shin taping for pain on the inside of the shin, except the tape goes the opposite way round. Here demonstrate a simple technique which can often instantly relieve symptoms.

The following guidelines are for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before attempting any self-treatment.

Anterior shin splints taping

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What you will need:

  • All you will need is 3.5 cm zinc oxide tape, and if you have hairy legs some underwrap and adhesive spray.
  • It is better to apply tape directly to the skin if possible so if you will be taping on a regular basis then it is recommended you shave your legs otherwise use the underwrap.

Step 1

  • Starting with the bony bit on the inside of the ankle, apply a strip of tape across the front of the ankle, around the back (not too tight here) and then diagonally across and up the front.

Step 2

  • Make sure it is not too tight around the back of your Achilles tendon.
  • You find applying a little pressure as the tape comes up the front to increase support.
  • You may need to experiment a few times.
  • Repeat step 1 with another strip of tape slightly overlapping the first.

Step 3

  • Repeat this once more working from the bottom upwards.
  • Make sure the tape covers the painful area on the inside of the shin.
  • When done correctly this can help support the muscles on the outside of the shin during healing and rehabilitation.

If done correctly this is a very good taping that will take the pressure off the lower shin. Remember that you can rid yourself of shin pain but must also use all other methods of treatment possible.

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