Ankle taping in strains and sprains

Taping is used to prevent and treat injuries. Taping is most commonly used in muscle strain and sprain injuries, ligament strains and in partial ruptures and tendon problems.

  • Taping cannot be used instead of surgery or a cast when an injury requires complete rest.
  • Taping should not be used in cases of serious injury, such as complete muscle or ligament ruptures, bone fractures or large haematomas. Skin injuries and allergic reactions also prevent taping.
  • The skin should be intact, clean and dry. If the taping area is covered with hair, the hair should be removed.
  • The tape should be removed if the pain clearly worsens, fingers or toes turn white or bluish or if numbness occurs.


Support the ankle in the 90 degree flexed position. Apply anchor tapes. A thin underwrap (foam rubber) can be used to protect the skin. 

Attach longitudinal and horizontal tapes (3 or 4 strips) to the anchors. Apply longitudinal tapes under the heel first and then attach them tightly to the upper anchor on both sides of the leg. 


Wrap one tape from in front of the ankle under the sole of the foot and from behind the heel to the upper anchor.


Wrap one tape from in front of the ankle, behind the heel and under the sole of the foot back to the upper anchor.


Wrap one tape from the inner side of the ankle under the sole and around the ankle.


Secure the tape ends with anchors.


Test the tightness of the taping
in an upright position (e.g. by squatting).



Article written by:
Physiotherapist-in-charge Seija Salmikivi and the authors of the FSHS fitness guide

Key words: Physiotherapy, Ankle, Sprained ankle