KT Tape: Ankle Stability
Hi I´m am Chris Harper and with me is Makayla and we're here to demonstrate an application for ankle stability this could be used for any number of issues involving ankle pain. Some causes may be ankle sprains, weakness, or instability. KT tape helps treat this condition by providing support and stability to the ankle. For this application we're going to place the ankle in a neutral or ninety-degree position. We going to take our first full strip and we're going to twist and tear the paperback backing of one end and removing that, this creates an anchor, but before we apply that anchor we need to measure where to place this. So we're going to place the torn end just on the inside of the heel going up under the heel then applying that anchor with absolutely no stretch.
The next step is to remove the majority of the paper backing but leaving just a little bit on the end to hang onto as you want to avoid touching the adhesive part of the tape with your hands and we're going to lie that down to just the outside part of the ankle and then from there we're going to start applying a stretch at about fifty percent going up in under the heel and then laying that down. And then from here we're just going to lay the remainder of the tape with absolutely no stretch on it. Great! Give that a little bit of a rub, create some friction and heat and help adhesion to the skin And we're going to take our next full strip, and just like the first we're going to twist and tear the paper backing to create and anchor point and again like the first piece use the end that we did not tear to measure around the foot about point of the arch on the outside part of the foot and as that tapecomes around we're going to apply the anchor to the inside part of the foot give that a good rub and this anchor is going on with absolutely no stretch. We're going to begin by removing the paper backing leaving a little bit on the paper to hang on to. Applying even pressure with your finger we're going to put a fifty percent stretch on this tape as we go around the heel and the outside part of the foot and then under the heel so just under the arch leaving that lasts a little bit to lay down with absolutely no stretch. Ok, and now for our last fall strip of tape once again we're going to twist and tear that paper backing removing that piece to create an anchor point then just like that second piece we applied we're going to measure this by taking the end that we did not tear to about the midpoint of the foot.
And then applying the anchor now on the outside part of the foot. This just helps us get the right measurement of the tape. From here we're going to peel the paper backing off leaving a little bit on the end, just enough to hang on to so we don't touch that adhesive part of the tape go around the heel with about fifty percent stretch than under the heel and then as we end the tape we're going to take remaining paper off and that last little bit we're going to lay down with absolutely no stretch on the tape. Once again we're going to apply a good friction rub to create some heat and some good adhesion of that tape to the skin. We'll take a good look at that. That is a great ankle application. Here are some tips before applying the tape clean skin very well to remove any skin or oils or lotions.
You can wear a sock while sleeping so the tape doesn't roll with the sheets. And be careful with taking socks and shoes on and off. Some complementary treatments include rest,icing after activity, anti-inflammatory medications such ibuprofen, and strength and balance training. Please seek care if you have excessive swelling or pain, or experiencing any numbness or hyper flexibility at the ankle. For more information see our website at www.kttape.com.
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