FAQ – KT Tape
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLORS?
There is NO difference between the colors – the colors are purely cosmetic. The adhesive is the same strength and it does not matter which color you use when applying. The reason we use more than one color in the instructions is to make it easy for people to see when there is more than one strip of tape.
SHOULD I WEAR IT BEFORE A RACE OR EXERCISE?
If you have a known condition or if you need a little extra stability & support it’s always best to tape up before exercise as a preventative measure.
HOW LONG WILL KT TAPE STAY ON?
KT Tape will stay on for multiple days at a time. We recommend that you do not wear it for more than 5 days. Generally, the length of time it lasts depends on where the tape is applied. For example, when applying to a knee or foot which is naturally a harsh environment for tape, the tape will generally stay on for 2-3 days. For applications such as shoulders or back the tape will last much longer.
WILL A 10" STRIP WORK FOR EVERY APPLICATION" ?
10″ strips are used in approximately 90% of clinical applications. Most healthcare professionals rarely use longer lengths. Occasionally a shorter strip is needed. Cutting a 10″ strip in half meets these needs nicely.
CAN I HURT MYSELF IF I APPLY IT INCORRECTLY?
Unlike some other sports injury related products (especially medications) it is hard to screw yourself up with KT Tape. Chances are the worst you will do by miss applying the product is it will do no help or harm.
DOES KT TAPE HELP WITH STRESS FRACTURES?
KT Tape is not a good solution for stress fractures. Seek medical attention if the tape does not provide immediate relief as it may be an indication of something serious like a fracture.
DO I NEED TO SHAVE BEFORE APPLYING THE TAPE?
In most cases it is not necessary to shave the skin before applying KT Tape. In fact in many instances some short hair actually can help with the adhesion as well as effectiveness of the product. If needed, we recommend trimming the hair to about 1/8″ rather than shaving it.