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Ankle Taping


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  • Position the ankle in 90° of dorsiflexion
  • Use heel and lace pads in areas of high friction to prevent blisters and cuts
  • Use J-wrap to protect the skin
  • Clinical Tip: Tape directly to skin or use minimal J-wrap for maximum protection

Ankle Taping - Anchors

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  • Around mid-calf inferior to the gastroc-achilles tendon junction
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  • Around base of foot approximating the base of 5th metatarsal

Ankle Taping - Basketweave

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  • Stirrups
  • Medial to lateral stirrups pulling under calcaneous
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  • Horseshoe
  • Medial to lateral horseshoe
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  • Repeat each step 3 times forming a basket weave
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  • Clinical Tip!
  • Stirrups start posterior to malleolus (#1), on malleolus (#2) and anterior to malleolus (#3)
  • Horseshoes, start inferior to malleolus (#1), on malleolus (#2) and superior to malleouls (#3)
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Ankle Taping - Close

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  • Close with individual circular strips on calf
  • Clinical Tip!
  • Do not use a continuous taping procedure as it may impede circulation

Ankle Taping - Heel Locks

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  • Apply medial and lateral heel locks
  • 1-2 per side
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  • Apply figure 8 with continuous medial and lateral heel locks
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Finished Product and Cutting Off

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  • Apply circular strips to close any open areas
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  • Remove tape with tape cutters in the area of the least boney prominence.
  • Pull tape away from skin as you remove the tape

Ankle Taping Variations

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  • Clinical Tip!
  • Use Elastikon for heel locks and figure 8 to give maximal support
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  • Clinical Tip!
  • Use moleskin (right) or Elastikon (below right) for stirrups for additional support
  • Best used with acute moderate to severe ankle sprains
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Lateral Ankle Sprain: Open Basketweave

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  • Used for acute ankle sprains to provide support and stability when using a partial weight bearing gait
  • Anchors on calf and mid-foot
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  • Alternate stirrups (~5) and horse shoe strips (~5) leaving the middle open
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  • Close with elastic wrap