Ankle taping with kinesiology tape
Ankle taping for support in sport and everyday life
Whether jogging, playing football or hiking, our feet are always challenged and exposed to intense stress. In addition to the stress caused by the activities themselves, there are also the different ground conditions and the influence of the footwear. It is easy to twist an ankle or other strains that restrict the mobility of the foot or ankle. The use of kinesiology tape can help you to maintain mobility in the ankle, but at the same time stabilise it by taping the foot. This is possible due to the material's high elasticity compared to conventional tape, for example.
Our kinesiology tape recommendations
You need these types of kinesiology tape for ankle taping
As kinesiology tape is suitable for a variety of applications on different parts of the body, some applications require the tape strips to be cut to size. You can choose the colours of the kinesiology tape according to your taste.
Our kinesiology tapes are uncut on a roll and can therefore be cut individually. As a guideline for the I- and Y-Tapes, we recommend 25 cm long tape strips. For some applications, such as here on the foot, you can also use shorter tape strips. Since the tape strips are stuck around the ankle, the length depends on the circumference of your ankles.
Ankle taping: Step 1
Take the first I-Tape, which you measure beforehand so that it reaches once around your ankle in its entirety. Stick the kinesiology tape once around the ankle, the tape should be applied with tension.
Ankle taping: Step 2
Take the second I-Tape, which should be about 25 cm long. First apply the kinesiology tape in the middle on the sole of the foot and pass the two ends over the ankles on the right and left respectively, but this time vertically. You should apply the tape again with medium tension.
Ankle taping: Step 3
Take the third strip of kinesiology tape and stick it around the centre of the Achilles tendon with medium tension. Bring the two ends of the kinesiology tape strip together on the midfoot. Finally, rub the tape strips on your foot several times to activate the adhesive through the frictional heat and to allow the full effect of the tape to unfold in the area of the foot and ankle.
Tips before applying kinesiology tape on the ankle
- Make sure that your skin on the foot where you want to apply the kinesiology tape is dry and clean before taping.
- Round off the edges with scissors before taping so that the corners do not peel off so quickly during application. Taping the ankle or foot can be done alone without much prior knowledge and does not require a second person.
- After you have applied the tape, rub the tape strips on the foot several times. The friction heat allows the adhesive to develop its full adhesive power.
- It is normal and can happen that ripples form on the tape after application when the muscles relax. These are even intentional and are called convolutions.
Benefits of kinesiology tape
Due to many positive testimonials from patients, kinesiology tape is also frequently used by physiotherapists. Besides the minimal possible side effects when used correctly, it helps a number of patients who have twisted their ankle or want to stabilise their foot. This is what distinguishes the tape bandage in different colours:
- Waterproof and breathable, so you can shower and even swim during application.
- Good skin compatibility, as acrylic adhesive is used for the adhesive surface and not latex.
- In case of movement restrictions in the ankle and tension in the foot, the supporting and stabilising effect of the tape can enable more comfortable movement, for example, to do sports.
- Due to the elasticity of the tape, the tension during application can be varied and adapted to the needs of the body part, e.g. when using kinesiology tape on the foot and ankle.
Important note before taping
To ensure the compatibility of the kinesiology tape with your skin, we recommend that you test a small piece of tape on your skin beforehand and leave it there for about 30 minutes.
If you experience itching or an allergic reaction, remove the kinesiology tape and stop the treatment.