Leuko-taping, as described in our PTtip video on how to apply leukotape to treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain, is a taping technique our therapists like to use on our patients to help relieve pain such as with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or shin splints. Today’s post will focus specifically on how to effectively apply leukotape for shin splints. Shin splints are often felt along the inner edge of the shinbone, and the pain can sometimes arise with the act of running or brisk walking for example. In our PTtip video, Dr. John Baur, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT demonstrates how to effectively apply leukotape to relieve pain caused by shin splints:
In summary Dr. Baur offers these guidelines when applying leukotape for shin splints:
- Splint the connective tissue along the shin.
- Create a cross pattern on the shin using two pieces of tape forming an ‘X.’
- To apply: begin with 1 piece of tape, approximate the soft connective tissue along the shin using your left thumb when applying each piece of tape, to help you effectively apply the tape.
- Continue the pattern on your shin just below your first cross pattern.
- Rub the tape to smooth the wrinkles out.
- The leukotape can generally be left on your shin for a few days.
- Remove the tape very gently while being careful to not injure the skin.
Now that summer is officially here, it is a great opportunity to spend time outside and enjoy the warm sunny weather! An important component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes both adequate nutrition and physical activity is eating a variety of nutrient dense foods. With farmers markets now open, it’s an even better time to try fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables that you may have never tried before like watermelon and tomatoes that we mentioned in our last post.
Other examples of in-season produce that you may spot at your local farmers markets are cantaloupe and summer squash. Cantaloupe offers a high amount of vitamins A and C and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways such as simply on its own, blended into a smoothie, or even made into homemade fruit salsa! Zucchini is a versatile vegetable that supplies a great amount of vitamin C per serving and can be enjoyed in several ways. Just a few examples include homemade zucchini noodles in place of pasta, simply sautéed or grilled on its own as a perfect veggie side dish to a meal, or even sliced and topped with tomato sauce and cheese as mini pizza bites!
Make sure you watch the PTtip video to learn how to effectively apply leukotape for shin splints, and if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, give us a call today at 1-855-PT-FIRST!
*As a reminder, always discuss any questions or concerns with your physician regarding your own health and dietary needs, as the information written should not replace any medical advice.
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.). Zucchini: Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/summer-squash
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.). Cantaloupe: Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/cantaloupe-nutrition-selection-storage