How to Strap an Ankle
Ankle strapping or taping can be used effectively in both the prevention and treatment of ankle injuries.
As an aid to prevention, the role of ankle strapping is to decrease the frequency and severity of the injury. In particular, a sprained ankle. Ankle strapping aims at preventing damage or minimising the risk of injury.
Prevention is Better than a Cure
In many professional sports, clubs have significant financial investments in their players and cannot afford to lose a player at any stage of the playing season. Therefore, clubs use preventative strapping tape as a form of insurance against ankle injuries. This injury prevention strategy, in turn, helps to reduce the loss of performance time by any player.
Which Strapping Tape is Best?
Most ankle strapping uses a rigid sports tape. In most cases, 38mm width strapping tape will suffice. Larger ankles may prefer 50mm width. 25mm strapping tape usually is too constrictive for ankle strapping.
In amateur sport, athletes risk the same injuries. However, there is generally little encouragement to take such preventive measures even though the amateur risks the consequence of time off work and paying medical bills.
In these situations, the use of strapping tape, particularly for the high-risk sports such as Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey etc., is potentially far more critical to the individual where the cost of prevention could be far less than the value of the treatment.
There are many methods to strap an ankle, and it depends upon how much you need to protect your ankle versus the necessary flexibility for you to perform your sport. Some ankle strapping techniques include simple stirrups, figure-6, figure-8, basket weave and heel locks.
For more information, please seek the advice of your trusted physiotherapist.