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will medical tape cut off circulation in my foot?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Tepper
Podiatry 41 years experience
It can: If medical tape is applied too tightly, it can compromise the circulation to the foot and irritate the superficial nerves. Numbness, tingling and change in the color ot the toes can be an indication of this.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Not impossible: It's really difficult to "cut off circulation" using medical tape on the foot. Using a tourniquet, it takes constant pressure of over 200mmhg (depending on blood pressure) for over 3-4 hrs before there is permanent tissue damage. Although it may be uncomfortable, medical tape isn't known to be that dangerous. Toes, however, are a different story.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Only: If to tight. If area is pink and warm and blanches with pressure the it's fine. If blue in color then to tight.
Dr. Jonathan Posner
Podiatry 27 years experience
It could: If the tape is wrapped to tightly it could cut off blood supply.

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