|Not my calves & not Bassman's foot|
I narrowed the options down to three, thanks to YouTube. My first attempt peeled off after a day, but my calf did feel a bit better with it on. For the second attempt, after much shouting, directing, and walking off in a huff (all on my part - Bassman remained patient as ever), Bassman got me taped up to resemble the photo on the right. I was amazed at the almost instantaneous reduction in pain, which lasted until the tape came loose a few days later.
I tried the third taping configuration next, but did it myself this time. I also pulled the tape snugger than Bassman had, figuring that a bit of extra support could only be a good thing. And then I headed off to Shetland. Once I was settled into the flat, I walked a very brisk and pain-free 15 minutes to Tesco and spent a pain-free 20 minutes wandering up and down the aisles. The walk back to the flat, much to my dismay, hurt. A lot. I limped most of the way and even had to stop a couple of times to let the pain subside.
By the next day, not only was my calf still very sore but my hip joint was sore as well. In fact, my hip hurt so much that I spent the first hour at work terrifying myself by googling 'stress fractures'. I limped around work all day, then limped to the gym. The bike and elliptical didn't feel too bad, but the walk home hurt so much that I wanted to cry. By the time I got back to the flat, I was aware that the tape was pulling at my calf so I took it off. Immediate relief.
By the next morning, I was pain-free again and have remained so ever since. Puzzling? Mmmm, not really. Every KT tape video says over and over again, 'Don't put any stretch on the tape!!!'. Not only did I contravene the Supreme Taping Rule, I also changed the placement of the tape slightly from what the video showed. I think that the too-snug tape and the incorrect tape placement combined to interfere with the proper working of my calf muscle which had a knock-on effect for how my entire leg functioned. Sheesh, I though that this tape was only going to be a pretty pink and purple placebo. Who knew that it's actually a powerful clinical tool?
Adam texted me yesterday to see how I was doing and, in response to my whingeing about how the tape had injured me, said, 'I think you had the tape on too tight. You should have asked me for help.' I've learned my lesson. Next time, I'll leave it to the professionals. Or, at the very least, to Bassman.