It’s best to have an experienced specialist tape an injured ankle, but you can learn to do it at home. Taping your joint, if done correctly, helps stabilize it. Wrap the affected foot from your arch to midway up your calf with non-adhesive pre-wrap padding to help prevent blisters from the tape. Then make “anchors” for the athletic tape by wrapping two bands around your shin near the top of the pre-wrap padding and one around your arch when your foot is flexed. Be sure you don’t tape any of these so tightly you’ll lose circulation in your foot.
Now, make a stirrup for your heel by stretching strips of tape from the bottom of the heel up to the sides of the calf, attaching them to the anchor tape. Close up the open areas between your arch and your calf with athletic tape, keeping your foot flexed. Then anchor everything by wrapping a few strips around your arch, heel, and ankle. If this sounds confusing, let Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help. Make an appointment at either of our offices by calling—(203) 876-7736 for Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden—or by using our website.