For a lot of people, plantar taping is a simple and effective way to relieve bottom-of-foot pain caused by a variety of foot problems. This video features sports podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan, who demonstrates the plantar taping technique. It does take a little bit of time to become proficient at this method, especially if you’re performing it on yourself, but most people find this to be a helpful approach to reduce arch and/or heel pain.
While taping your feet may provide a temporary solution, there are other non-invasive methods that can help strengthen your foot arches and address flat feet over time. Placing your foot on a flat surface (i.e., in a flexible-soled shoe, boot, or sandal that does not possess heel elevation or toe spring) and spreading out your toes helps enable natural arch support and helps build a strong, healthy foot arch. In our experience, we have found that incorporating Correct Toes toe spacers into a regular daily foot care routine is the best way to get the toes spread back out and in line with their corresponding metatarsal bones—a position that nature intended and one that confers incredible strength and shape to the medial longitudinal arch.
If you want to learn more about flat feet and natural, noninvasive approaches to this foot problem, please check out this article, which includes an overview of causes and symptoms and discusses helpful strategies for developing natural arch support and addressing this common foot problem. This video also does an excellent job of describing the underlying causes of flat feet and methods you can employ to help correct or prevent this problem.