West Coast Fever Physio Cam Watkins shares his step by step process to support the ankle and prevent lateral ligament sprains.
1. The Anchor - Using 38mm Rigid tape, lay down the anchor as a circle around the lower leg, just above the achilles Tendon.
2. The Stirrups - Apply up to 3 stirrups starting from the inside anchor, passing as a U shape down the inside of the ankle, under the heel with tension pulling up and attaching to the outside anchor. *Note 3 Stirrups will provide greater support.
3. The Figure-6’s - Apply one 6, starting from the outside anchor, passing diagonally across the front of the ankle, under the heel and then being pulled up and out (to prevent inversion of the ankle) and attaching again to the outside anchor. Then Apply a Reverse 6, starting from the inside anchor, laying the tape down the inside of the ankle, and pulling up and across the front of the ankle, attaching back to the inside anchor.
4. The Heel Locks - Apply a half heel lock. Starting from the outside anchor, pass across the front of the lower leg (at around 30 degree) then passing around the back of the Achilles, crossing down the outside of the heel at a 45 degrees angle then back over the front of the ankle to re-attach back at the outside anchor. For maximal support apply another heel half heel lock repeating the same steps as above but this time starting at the inside anchor, passing down and around to cross the inside of the heel and coming back across the front of the ankle to finish back at the inside anchor.
5. Lock it off - Complete your ankle taping by repeating step 1 and laying a strip of tape over the original anchor to lock in the rest of the taping.
*Note. A strip of Elastoplast… can be placed at the front of the ankle and the back of the ankle where the tape crosses over to prevent the tape cutting the skin.
**Foam under wrap can be applied as a figure-8 prior to laying down the rigid tape in the case of sensitive skin and to prevent any skin irritation.
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