Treating Ankle Sprains with Compression
Ankle injuries are incredibly common among active people. A serious sprain can really hamper your performance – but with the correct application of Healit™ Compression Wraps, you can stay in the game.
Compression Wrapping helps to:
Inflammation and swelling are not only uncomfortable, but they can also inhibit the healing process. Compression increases pressure at the site of swelling and encourages fluid to flow from the swollen, high-pressure area to the unaffected low-pressure area.
Increase Nutrient Delivery:
Active compression helps stimulate the flow of lymph fluid, which carries vital nutrients to the damaged tissues surrounding the injury. Lymph fluid is also important for removing waste from cells and body tissues – an important function during the tissue regeneration process.
Increase Oxygen Delivery:
Injured tissue requires oxygen for it to repair. However, swelling can inhibit the flow of blood to an injury, slowing down the healing process. Active compression helps improve blood flow which enhances the delivery of oxygen to damaged tissue.
Improve the Rate of Tissue Repair:
The combination of reduced swelling and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injury site enables more rapid tissue repair and a faster healing process overall.
A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when you roll, twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that help hold your ankle bones together. Ligaments help stabilize joints, preventing excessive movement.
Watch our Healit™ Ankle Sprin ‘How To’ here.
1. Hold your ankle at a 90-degree angle.
2. Start where your toes meet the body of your foot. Hold the loose end of the wrap at the side of your foot and wrap SelfGrip® around the ball of your foot twice, keeping it somewhat taut with a light pull.
3. Start circling your way around the arch of the foot. Pull the SelfGrip® diagonally from the bottom of the toes across the top of the foot and circle it around the ankle.
4. Now bring the SelfGrip® diagonally across the top of the foot and under the arch in a figure-eight pattern.
5. When you get to the anklebone, wrap SelfGrip® around the front piece so it stays in place under the anklebone.
6. 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.
7. SelfGrip® should cover the entire foot and end several inches above the ankle. Use EasyRip™ Trainer’s tape for extra hold.
8. The wrap should be snug but should not cut off circulation to the foot.
So go forth, get wrapped and “Don’t just be in the game… Win the game”