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How To Tape A Sprained Ankle

How To Tape A Sprained Ankle

This Videojug film illustrates two effective ways of taping a sprained ankle. Follow the steps and get back on your feet again like never before!

Today, am going to show you how to strap a sprained ankle. Ankle problems are a common presentation in the emergency department, with swelling and pain on the outside of the ankle. We have the most common ligaments to be damaged are the ankle ligaments on the outside of the jointed self.

Of the three ligaments, the anterior talofibular ligament, or the ligament at the front of the ankle joint is the most common damaged ligament. Effectively, when you try to strap an ankle, you are trying to recreate the ligaments so that the strapping may provide the extra support needed during the healing stages. Start by taping the front of the ankle and forming a circular strap securing the leg itself.

After a couple of rolls, strap across the ankle itself, travelling underneath the arch, and across the foot back on to the first strip in a figure. By doing so, you will create strength of the foot at the ankle joint. A further strap could be supplied to the heel that crosses the front of the ankle joint, again, providing further stability.

You should end the strap at the same point as to where you started, which is effectively the front of the ankle joint. For those of you looking for a simpler solution, ready-made straps are available at the pharmacy in various sizes that are simple to apply and just as effective for simple injuries. Concerned about your ankle sprain, contact your GP, or for emergencies, your local hospital.

This is how to strap an ankle sprain.