Ever try to put something together without reading the instructions first? Most times there’s a mysterious extra part that you never quite figure out why it was left over and where it was supposed to go! The point is, whether any of us want to admit it or not, instructions are important to follow, and this couldn’t be truer than when you are injured and trying to recover.
For example, following steps on how to wrap a sprained ankle correctly is important to the healing process. While it might seem like a no-brainer, there is a method to wrapping a sprain that should be followed in order for you to get the benefits of compression and slight support.
Step 1: With your ankle at a 90-degree angle, hold the bandage end at the side of the foot, up where your toes connect Then, keeping the bandage slightly taut, pull it over the top and under, crossing the ball of your foot.
Step 2: Once you meet up with the end, pull the bandage from the bottom of the toes, across the top of the foot, and circle around the ankle, then back down diagonally across the top and under the arch in a figure 8 pattern.
Step 3: Continue the figure eight pattern moving toward the heel on the bottom and the calf at the top. The bandage should be snug, but not so tight that it inhibits circulation.
Step 4: Once you have reached the end of your bandage roll, and have covered the entire foot and several inches above the ankle, you can use the metal fasteners that often come with wraps, or simply use first aid tape to secure the end.
Now you know how to wrap a sprained ankle – just make sure you follow the steps so you’re not left wondering what went wrong when you’re finished! Done correctly, the wrap will help to reduce swelling and provide a slight amount of support while your sprain heals.
For help with an injury of any kind, come see us so we can assess your foot or ankle and determine the best treatment plan. You can make an appointment at our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX office by dialing (512) 593-2949, or by using our online contact form.