Should I stop running?

Running related injuries are commonly seen for physical therapy at Smith Performance Center. Unlike some of the advice you may hear, stopping can prolong the problem.  Rest does not automatically equal recovery or resolution of an injury.  A nice tool to consider learning is the modified low dye.  It can help to reduce foot and lower leg pain while allowing for you to continue training.

The Modified Low Dye

I learned about the modified low dye from Dr. Tom McPoil.  He is faculty at Regis University and was previously faculty at Northern Arizona.  He is an expert on the foot and wrote an article on tissue stress theory that still impacts my practice today.  The purpose of the modified low dye in a physical therapy program is to limit stresses to the tissue of the lower leg and foot to allow for desensitization. In a running program, it can also keep you safe for those longer runs if you have a history of breaking down.

General Overview

  1. Buy the tape from Amazon – leukotape and coverall
  2. Use a good pair of scissors
  3. If you are doing it alone, cut the tape before starting
  4. Put on the coverall (white tape) prior to the leukotape (brown tape)
  5. Go light on the tension the first time
  6. Plantarflex the first ray, apply the tape on the dorsal surface of the foot close to the joint of the big toe
  7. Wrap the tape around like a horse shoe
  8. Lock the tape in place, but not too tight
  9. If it is itchy or painful, take it off

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