A compression wrap is used to prevent swelling, which can help your ankle feel better. It does not support
the ankle or prevent it from moving, so it does not protect it except by
reminding you to be careful of your ankle.
Roll up the elastic bandage if it isn't already
rolled up. Hold your ankle at about a 90-degree angle. Start where your toes
meet the body of your foot. Hold the loose end of the bandage at the side of
your foot. Wrap the bandage around the ball of your foot once, keeping it
somewhat taut with a light pull.
After this, slowly start circling
your way around the arch of the foot. Pull the bandage diagonally from the
bottom of the toes across the foot's top and circle it around the ankle. Now
bring the bandage diagonally across the top of the foot and under the arch in a
When you get to the anklebone, wrap the
bandage around the felt piece so it stays in place under the anklebone.
Continue around the ankle and foot in a figure eight, moving toward the heel on
the bottom and toward the calf at the top of the eight.
should cover the entire foot and end several inches above
the ankle. Most compression wraps are self-fastening or come with clip
fasteners. If not, use tape to secure the end. The wrap should be snug but
should not cut off circulation to the foot.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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