Do you suffer from ankle sprains, weakness, or instability? If so, you are not alone. In this Ankle Support KT Tape demonstration, you will learn an application for ankle stability that could be used for any number of issues involving ankle pain.
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The added support will give you confidence and support during the rehabilitation phase of an injury as well as stability and pain relief during activity. Ankle injuries can happen in a number of different ways.
They typically occur during an acute injury or a sudden rolling or twisting of the ankle. These types of injuries normally involve a great deal of pain and swelling.
In most cases, acute injuries are inversion ankle sprains where the foot rolls during a workout to the inside while stepping on an uneven surface such as a curb, hole, or root. Has this ever happened to you?
What causes an ankle sprain?
An ankle sprain can occur when the foot suddenly twists or rolls, suddenly forcing the ankle joint out of its normal position.
During physical activities of any kind, from walking to contact sports, the ankle may twist inward resulting in a sudden or unexpected movement. This can cause one or more ligaments around your ankle to stretch or even tear.
Some swelling or bruising typically occurs as a result of these tears. You may also feel pain or discomfort when placing weight on the injured area. In some cases, tendons, cartilage, and blood vessels could also be damaged due to the sprain.
As you already know, ankle sprains can happen to anyone at any age. Playing sports, walking on uneven surfaces, or even wearing inappropriate footwear for the activity you are participating in can all cause this type of injury.
Are there risks of using ankle braces?
One of the potential problems with ankle bracing is “brace overuse.” Although evidence exists for the benefits of ankle brace use, some researchers suggest that wearing a brace might restrict ankle ROM more than is optimal (K R Kaufman).
Too much restriction could potentially increase the risk of injury, a concept that may reinforce the old adage, “use it or lose it.” Essentially, the theory suggests that players can become too dependent on the brace to do the work necessary to restrict inversion ROM, relying less on their own ankle muscle and ligamentous structures.
This could possibly lead to soft tissue atrophy in the ankle joint and decrease the ankle’s ability to restrict excessive ranges of motion when the athlete is not braced (P McNair, BC Elliott).
Ankle Support KT Tape Application
Let’s get started!
The purpose of the first strip application is to help to keep the foot everted and reduce your tendency to suffer another sprain.
The second and third strips provide an excellent sense of movement stability.
HOW DOES IT WORK? – It helps reduce tissue pressure and supports muscles and joints. Studies show it helps you recover faster from pain.
Overuse or chronic ankle injuries occur over time and are typically the result of overtraining or training in poor conditions such as inappropriate footwear, and uneven surfaces.
These injuries appear as swelling and often lead to other injuries.
The stability gained by this application allows these inflamed tendons and ligaments to rest and avoid additional injury.
Ankle weakness or instability can lead to chronic sprains, ligament, and tendon damage as well as other injuries.
Traditional ankles braces can be overly rigid and painful to wear. KT Tape provides support that is extremely comfortable and allows you to enjoy a greater range of motion.
This KT Tape application provides additional ankle support without constricting your range of motion or minimizing your blood flow.