Learn HOW TO STRAP A SPRAINED ANKLE with tape in just 2 MINUTES. Common in team sports such as Rugby, Football, Netball and Basketball. Knowing how to strap a sprained ankle with tape is a skill EVERY sports therapist should know. Using Zinc Oxide Athletic Tape for ANKLE STABILITY may help to provide support and pain relief.

Watch the ANKLE STRAPPING application video above, and also pay attention to the instruction steps listed below. We GUARANTEE you’ll know how to strap a sprained ankle with tape by the end of it.

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  • Fully wrap the ankle using Underwrap Pre-wrap. Make sure that the Underwrap is applied tightly in a thin layer.


  • Using Zinc Oxide 3.8cm (Tan is preferable due to the joint being weight bearing).

  • Apply an anchor strip around mid calf. Aim the tape slightly downward when applying as this allows for muscle expansion during exercise.

  • Repeat 1-2 more times underneath to get a wider anchor.


  • Ensure the foot is in a neutral position.

  • Stirrup from medial to lateral, under the heel and across the calcaneus.

  • pply tension when coming to the lateral side by pulling the tape slightly as this will help further restrict the medial rotation.

  • Repeat 2-3 more times, ensuring to avoid taping over the base of the 5th metatarsal.


  • For extra support angle the tape under the heel so that it both starts and finishes on the medial side, creating a ‘6’ shape.

  • Repeat the anchors to secure your application.