Ankle injuries are often considered a result of sports injuries, but ankles can be prone to damage from the most innocent of activities at any age.
Every day 25,000 American's twist their ankle and a million visit the ER with ankle related problems.
The ankle is a complex structure where tendons, ligaments and muscles work in harmony. In the event of an injury it is recommended that you following the R.I.C.E. treatment advice - Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is important that in the event of an ankle injury that you consult your physician or doctor as soon as possible. Fractures and sprains that are ignored can lead to complications.
Kinesiology tape is designed to be stretched over the area requiring treatment. It is pre-stretched on our rolls by 30% to allow easy application, however, more stretch can be added to provide greater support.
Always start by applying 4-5cm of tape without stretch as an anchor, this creates the base of the application, then stretch the tape over the area and return to an 4-5cm unstretched length at the end of the piece.
It is often best to tape in 3 dimensions to support the injured part of the ankle or foot. For twisted ankles there will often be one side that has been extended, this is the area to then offer the support to balance the natural support by the opposing side.
Note, thick body hair can reduce the performance of the tape as it reduces the skin surface area to the adhesive. Also it may be painful to remove the tape if body hair is longer. If you do chose to shave your skin, we do recommend 24-48 hours gap before applying tape.