Ankle Wraps

Written by Devin Flanigan
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All it takes is one wrong step and an ankle can be sprained, sidelining an athlete for days or even weeks. This is why an ankle wrap is the most popular form of taping that athletes request before practices and games. But even if you never set foot on an athletic field, taking a curb or a stair wrong or stepping in a pothole can result in an ankle injury that may bench you from the regular activities of your own life.

Ankle wraps prevent your ankle from twisting too far, minimizing the chance of a ligament sprain. Supination injuries, in which the ankle turns inward, are the most common type of damage to the ankle joint, but there are others as well. Wraps generally stabilize the ankle in all directions, making it difficult for it to bend far enough to cause damage.

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Everything about your body in motion rests--quite literally--on your ankles, the lowest weight-bearing joints in the human body. Keeping them healthy is crucial to such activities as standing and walking (which many of us take for granted). A sturdy wrap worn during activity goes a long way towards preventing debilitating injuries to this crucial area.

After activity, wrap your ankle in a cold compression wrap, using a bag of ice and an elastic bandage, or a neoprene cold compression brace. Either way, 20 minutes of cold therapy will help to prevent inflammation and painful swelling from setting into your joints. Many cold compression ankle braces double as stabilizing braces that can be worn during activity to prevent further injury.


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