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The anchor

The Anchor

The Anchor
  • use 38mm. rigid LEUKOPLAST® tape
  • start with both your hands underneath leg
  • come up at an angle
  • just lay these on - no tension
  • apply 2 anchors the 2nd. should overlap the 1st. by half.

The Stirrup

Most essential part of ankle strapping

  • start with the foot dorsiflexed (toes pointing upwards) and everted (foot turned slightly outwards).
  • use 38mm. rigid leukoplast® tape
  • start on the medial (inside) side on anchor
  • come down over ankle (slightly to the back) under heel (over the fat pad on the bottom of heel)
  • pull up and apply tension as you attach to lateral side of anchor
  • apply 2 stirrups both slightly both forward of the previous one at the top of each (notice fanning) but with all directly on top of each other as you come under the heel
  • avoid - contact with the base of the 5th metatarsal and all wrinkles which may cause blisters

The Stirrup

The Stirrup

The figure 6

Extra Reinforcement


(Extra reinforcement and support against inversion/eversion injuries)

  • use 38mm. rigid leukoplast tape
  • start on the anchor on the medial side, run underneath the fat pad of the foot to the outside edge of the heel, then up across the instep, join on starting down strip of Fig 6
  • depending on the severity of the injury you may do an extra
  • Fig 6 in this direction
  • you can also do 1 or 2 from the lateral side (outside)

Locks

To ensure the top of the stirrup and Fig 6 stay in place

  • use 38mm. rigid LEUKOPLAST®  in 1 continuous roll
  • exactly the same as for the anchor

Locks

Figure 8 & Closing Down

Figure 8 and Closing Down


to ensure a firmer hold of the tape

  • use 75mm. LEUKOLASTIC in one continuous roll
  • don't pull directly from roll as it will become too tight
  • start of foot aimed at angle
  • 2 or 3 laps each overlapping the last leaving 10mm. showing each time
  • there should always be a perfect pattern
  • finish at angle upwards