Video: How to Wrap an Ankle or Wrist Sprain

WRITTEN BY: Urgent Care
Saturday, January 31st, 2015

This article was last updated on October 17, 2016

Whether you suffered a sprain during sports practice or after a nasty fall, you may need to wrap the injury yourself if you don’t have immediate access to a medical professional.

Protecting the sprained ankle or wrist is essential to preventing further injury. Heather Rosen, physician and medical director of the North Huntingdon UPMC Urgent Care, demonstrates how to wrap an ankle sprain or wrist sprain by himself.


How to Wrap a Wrist Sprain

  1. Ensure you wrap your bandage above and below the joint.
  2. Begin your wrap at the lower part of your forearm.
  3. Overlap each layer of the bandage by about 50 percent.
  4. Make figure-eight patterns around the joint to create stability.
  5. Use the Velcro or fastener at the end to stabilize your wrap.


How to Wrap an Ankle Sprain

  1. Ensure you wrap your bandage above and below the joint
  2. Begin your wrap several inches above the injured ankle.
  3. Start your wrap on the inside of the leg and make two wraps around the ankle for stability.
  4. Continue wrapping around the foot and ankle in a figure-eight pattern.
  5. Use the Velcro or fastener at the end to stabilize your wrap.

RELATED: Recovery Time for Sprains and Strains

Key Points to Remember When Wrapping a Sprain

  • Wrap above and below the joint
  • Wrap in a figure 8 pattern, overlapping 50 percent
  • Make sure wrap is taught, to provide support

Being active, playing sports and having hobbies that warrant physical exercise is a great way to stay healthy and have fun, but it also increases your risk of injury. This risk of injury increases as you get older. By understanding the proper way to handle a sprained wrist or ankle, you can be back on your feet in no time.

Keeping these key points in mind will not only help speed up your recovery, but will prevent you from worsening the injury. Be smart when it comes to handling minor injuries and always let your doctor know if you have any specific questions about wrapping an ankle or wrist sprain!

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