How To Tape A Sprained Ankle
While it is not hard to learn how to tape a sprained ankle, you must be sure to perform the procedure correctly. Taping a sprained ankle requires some practice, so you may have to unwrap or cut off the tape if the ankle is wrapped incorrectly. When you are taping your own ankle, see how it feels when you take a few steps once you apply the tape. If you are able to walk with a relatively small amount of pain, you probably did a good job taping your ankle.
- Use a pre-wrap tape on a sprained ankle. Pre-wrap is a clear tape that goes on first, and it helps to keep any lower leg hair from being stuck on the athletic tape that will support your ankle. Crisscross the pre-wrap around the foot and ankle using a figure eight pattern. Extend the wrap up at least two inches above the ankle bone. Cut or tear the tape when you have finished, and smooth the edges.
- Apply athletic tape to a sprained ankle. Athletic tape is usually in a white roll, and can easily be applied. Wrap a few strips around the top of the pre-wrap tape, to hold it in place. Do the same at the bottom of the foot. Next, starting at the top of the pre-wrap which should be a few inches below the calf muscle, make a “U” shape with the athletic tape by running it under the bottom of the foot, then back up along the other side of the ankle to the top of the pre-wrap. Cut the tape and repeat the same procedure.
- Next, start at the top of the pre-wrap, and tape around the lower leg and ankle. Secure the “U”-shaped tape by taping your way down the lower leg to the ankle in a circular motion, and then stop at the top of the foot. Apply a few strips around and under the foot, and then make sure all of the pre-wrap is covered.
- Crisscross around the entire tape job one final time. Use the figure eight pattern, and go around the ankle for more support. Once you have finished, see how the ankle feels after taking a few steps. If you are able, try to put on a sock to keep the tape from getting dirty. Use crutches to help you walk if necessary, and if you are not certain you taped a sprained ankle correctly, you may want to consult with a physician.