How to Strap an Ankle

Sprains and strains to the ankle can be managed by using the PRICE first aid treatment. Bandaging an injured ankle can provide support to the joint and reduce inflammation and swelling. Most first aid kits contain elastic bandages for use in this situation. You can also buy specialized ankle supports; however, these are not normally available in most first aid kits. If you are going to strap a sprained ankle, you need to be careful not to apply the bandage so tightly as to constrict blood supply to the foot. The bandage should provide comfortable support to the joint but not be so tight as to cut off blood flow to the area beyond the bandage.

There are many different methods to strap an ankle. The following is one of the most common methods used.

How to Strap an Ankle

1. Open up the elastic bandage.

2. Start at the toes, where they join the rest of the foot; tips of the toes are left unwrapped.

3. Start bandaging the foot by wrapping the bandage several times around the body of the foot.

4. Each new wrap of the bandage should overlap the previous wrap by approximately half as you work your way up the foot.

5. At the ankle, wrap the bandage in a figure-eight around the back of the ankle.

6. After strapping the ankle itself, work up the calf as far as the bandage will reach to provide additional support.

7. The bandage needs to be applied firmly to provide support but shouldn't be so tight as to constrict blood flow to the limb.

How to Strap an Ankle

Starting where the toes join the rest of the foot, bandage the foot by wrapping the bandage several times around the body of the foot. Each new wrap of the bandage should overlap the previous wrap by approximately half as you work your way up the foot.

How to Strap an Ankle

At the ankle, wrap the bandage in a figure-eight motion around the back of the ankle.

How to Strap an Ankle

After strapping the ankle itself, work up the calf as far as the bandage will reach to provide additional support.

Seek Medical Attention If You Suspect a Fracture

Telling the difference between a badly sprained ankle and a fractured one is very difficult, even for a medical professional! Often, an X-ray is required to check for a fracture in the ankle. Always seek medical attention if you are concerned that the victim may have fractured her ankle.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE