So my free samples of the KT Tape and the Rock Tape did arrive last week, I apologize for slacking and not mentioning it sooner. The Rock Tape company sent me two excellent little sample packs. Bright red tape with their logo on it. Then, two days later the KT Tape arrived in the mail. And they sent two full size BOXES of tape. I was pretty excited to try it out – so my wife helped me put it on (ie, i stood there while she put it on. I decided to go with the KT Tape, as there was more of it – so more room for error and wastage. We followed an easy to follow instructional video.
It was interesting, as it seemed to help. I won’t lie – I didn’t really expect it too and was pleasantly suprised. The tape did start to peel off in 1.5-2 days (tried two different applications). As an addtional test, I then took the tape off for a couple of days. The pain in my calf definitely came back faster while I was running, and lasted longer as far as healing/recovery.
I am going to try the RockTape in the next day or so and will let you know what (if any) effect or differences there are.
Other than that, I have been taking it easy on my running the last couple of days (for those paying attention to the above product endorsement, these would be the days I was running without tape) – I ran a mile barefoot each day on the treadmill, stopping before the pain kicked – but I could feel a “thightness” or knot on the right side of my ankle toward the back. When not running, I try to massage it, but the knot is in very difficult of an area to actually make any difference with. If it keeps up, I may go see a doctor and try and get a referral to a Physical Therapist. When I saw one for what I thought was a strained hip flexor, he was very helpful.