One thing you can almost certainly expect when you sprain your ankle is to experience a feeling of instability in the joint. We rely on our tendons and ligaments to help us move our ankles when we walk. If we damage the ligaments – this is done when we sprain our ankles – we won’t experience the same stability, and it will feel unsteady. Sprained ankle taping can be very useful in helping the joint feel better than it would without it.
Sometimes, a simple bandage is used to strap an ankle following a sprain. However, tape is a good alternative, and in some cases, it can be better. The entirety of the tape is sticky and has a good adhesion – good enough to stay in place for longer periods. This means it cannot slip the same way a bandage can.
How do you apply sprained ankle taping?
The best way to do this is to have someone else do it for you. It can be difficult to reach your own ankle, especially when it has been sprained and it feels painful to move. You can find videos online that are useful to follow in this instance, and guides you can download to see where to begin the tape and how to wrap it around the foot.
Generally, a figure-of-eight format is used to wrap the foot and ankle to provide support. While you should keep your weight off the affected ankle to start with, there will come a point when you start walking on it again. The tape is ideal for giving you confidence in your ankle, as well as providing compression that will prevent excessive swelling from occurring. Your ankle will also feel supported and thus you will feel better wearing it than not having it on.
Could you receive compensation for your sprain injury?
While sprained ankle taping can help you to recover from your sprain, it doesn’t get rid of the fact you suffered it to begin with. Was someone else to blame for this injury? It’s not always easy to tell.
To get further advice, you need only ring 0800 689 0500 to speak to a member of the team at Accident Advice Helpline, or call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 now. It could be the best call you’ve made today, and it might lead to compensation, too.
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Author: Rob Steen