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How To Tape A Sprained Ankle

When thinking of prevention in the aspect of sprained ankles, taping your ankle is at the top of the list. This is especially true if you are involved in type of physical sports that require your ankle to bend or move in odd ways.

A lot of big name sporting teams make taping of player’s ankles mandatory to prevent injuries and loss of time on the field or court. This also helps them keep their insurance down as well as saving them money in the long run.

Even outside of sports, taping your ankle for any type of physical activity is a great way to prevent sprains that are painful and take time to heal.

Taping your ankle does require a lot of work as well as some practice. It is best to have someone help you to tape your ankle but it can be done on your own. Click here to learn how a healthcare degree will not only teach you how to tape an ankle properly, but also develop prevention and treatment strategies for future ankle injuries. You will need to gather a few materials first. These materials include adhesive spray, pre wrap, 2 rolls of tape and scissors.

The adhesive spray is a type of glue that prevents the pre wrap from moving around while placing. The pre wrap is a type of cloth like material that is placed on your ankle before applying the tape. Also you should shave around your ankle at least 12 hours before taping.

The first step in taping your ankle is to spray a thin coat of the adhesive tape on the area you will be taping. This should be right below the calf to just above your toes. Once you have done this you are ready to move on to the next step.

Now you are going to apply the pre-wrap. You will begin this step by beginning at the toes and working your way up to the calf. The pre-wrap should overlap so that all of the area is covered by the wrap. Be sure though that the pre-wrap is not too tight.

Also it’s important that you begin at the feet so you can allow for proper circulation.

After you apply the pre-wrap you will need to apply 3 anchors of tape just above where the pre-wrap begins. Your first anchor will consist of wrapping the tape all around your foot.

You will do this by starting at the bottom of the foot and end at the top of the foot going completely around. You will have to do this three times to create an anchor for the pre wrap.

Now you are going to repeat the above step but this time apply the anchors where the pre-tape ends. Following the same steps as above but this time you will wrap around the calf just below where the pre-wrap ends.

Next you will have to apply two stir ups. You will do this by applying an end to the side on the calf where the pre wrap ends. Now you will pull the tape down around the heel and go back up to the other side where the pre-wrap originally began.

Now you will begin another anchor just above the heel and then you will wrap it around to the other side of the foot.

Now you are ready for the complicated step, the figure 8. This step will require you to place tape on the side of the foot then take it up to the upper part of the foot on the other side.

The half heel ankle wrap is your next step. Here the tape should be placed on the top of your foot and then you will wrap it down around the foot.

You then continue to go up towards the calf and around the leg. Taping your ankles should offer you the support you need to continue the healing process.