How to Tape a Sprained Ankle with StrengthTape Kinesiology Tape

StrengthTape Ankle/Foot Kinesiology Taping KitStrengthTape is a special kinesiology tape that is infused with particles of charged minerals and gemstones. These particles emit negative ions or anions that are absorbed through the skin into the body, where they increase antioxidant activity, protecting cells from free radical damage associated with overuse or injuries. This mechanism enhances the pain-relieving and healing processes associated with kinesiology taping, helping fatigued or injured tissues recover more quickly.

StrengthTape Precut Taping Kits are individual packets of StrengthTape 10″ precut strips, configured for specific body parts. Each packet contains enough tape for at least 2 complete applications. Follow these step-by-step instructions for taping an inversion ankle sprain using the StrengthTape Precut Ankle/Foot Taping Kit:

General Instructions: Before applying tape, clean the area to be taped with an alcohol-based skin cleaner or gel sanitizer. Try not to touch the adhesive side of the tape as you handle it. As each strip of tape is applied, rub briskly from the center toward the ends to activate the adhesive.

How to Tape an Ankle Sprain - Step 1Step 1: Take the first strip and tear the backing 2-3" from the logo end of the tape to create an anchor end. Remove the backing from this end and apply it with no stretch to the outside of the leg just above the ankle. Begin peeling the backing away from the rest of the strip, and apply the tape over the outside of the ankle and under the heel. When you reach the ankle bone, stretch the tape to 50% as it passes under the heel and up the inside of the ankle. The final 2-3" of tape should be applied with zero stretch and should end on the inside ankle area.
How to Tape an Ankle Sprain - Step 2Step 2:
Follow the instructions in step 1 to create a 2-3" anchor end. Remove the backing from the end of the tape and apply it with zero stretch along the inside of the foot in the area of the arch. Begin peeling the backing away from the rest of the strip, and apply the tape with 50% stretch around the back of the heel toward the outside of the foot. After the tape passes the heel, angle it down to cross the arch of the foot, ending near the inside ankle area. To avoid skin irritation, be sure to apply the final 2-3" with no stretch.
How to Tape an Ankle Sprain - Step 3Step 3:
The third strip is a mirror image of the second strip. Create a 2-3" anchor end and apply it along the outside of the foot with no stretch. Gradually peel the backing away from the rest of the strip, applying it with 50% stretch around the back of the heel toward the inside of the foot. After the tape passes the heel, angle it down to cross the arch of the foot, ending near the outside ankle area.
How to Tape an Ankle Sprain - Step 4Step 4:
The completed application should resemble the image with the tape higher on the outside of the ankle and lower on the inside. For best adhesion, be sure that every strip ends of skin, rather than on another piece of tape. To activate the adhesive, rub the entire application briskly from the center of each strip toward the ends.

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Printable Document: Applying and Removing Kinesiology Tape

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