Ankle sprains are common injuries that can result in lifelong problems. Some individuals with repeated or severe sprains can develop long-term joint pain and weakness. Treating a sprained ankle can help prevent ongoing ankle problems.
. Proper initial care of your sprained ankle is critical.
- A compression wrap helps decrease swelling. If swelling is kept to a minimum, it may help your ankle feel better.
- Applying a compression wrap is easy and can be done at home.
- Elastic bandages are inexpensive and available at most drugstores.
Here are the steps for the correct application of a compression wrap for a sprained ankle.
- Roll up the elastic bandage if it isn’t already rolled up. Hold your ankle at about a 90-degree angle. Start where your toes meet the body of your foot. Hold the loose end of the bandage at the side of your foot. Wrap the bandage around the ball of your foot once, keeping it somewhat taut with a light pull.
- After this, slowly start circling your way around the arch of the foot. Pull the bandage diagonally from the bottom of the toes across the foot’s top and circle it around the ankle. Now bring the bandage diagonally across the top of the foot and under the arch in a figure-eight pattern.
- When you get to the ankle bone, wrap the bandage around the felt piece so it stays in place under the ankle bone. Continue around the ankle and foot in a figure eight, moving toward the heel on the bottom and toward the calf at the top of the eight.
- The wrap should cover the entire foot and end about 7 centimetres above the ankle. Most compression wraps are self-fastening or come with clip fasteners. If not, use tape to secure the end. The wrap should be snug but should not cut off circulation to the foot.
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