3 Ways to bandage an ankle for football

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Ankles are one of the most delicate parts of a footballer’s body. Subject to many sudden movements due to changes in direction and speed, sprains are quite common and poor recovery can turn it into a chronic problem.

Whether as a preventive measure or after an injury, ankle taping is a very common remedy to preserve the area in the best possible condition. Although sport is healthy in itself, it should be practised with caution so as not to put our physical integrity at risk. Here are three different ways of taping your ankle:

Functional bandaging

This type of bandage is used when you want to support the ankle sufficiently to be able to carry out activities, whether sport or normal daily life, but with an adequate level of support to limit the possibility of a sprain. It is undoubtedly the most common type of support, and is used in both football and other sports where ankles are more at risk of injury, such as basketball.

One of the keys for this bandage to work best is to leave the heel free, as otherwise the functionality of the ankle would be more limited (hence the name). On the sides, anchors are placed to reduce the movement of the ligaments in which the sprains are caused, but always without excessively tightening the bandage so as not to cause pain or hinder blood circulation.

To finish the bandage, a series of “eights” are made, passing the tape over the outer side, down towards the sole of the foot, going up again through the comb to end up surrounding the ankle again.

Compressive bandage

If the aim is to limit ankle movements completely, especially when an injury has occurred, a compression bandage is best. This speeds up the healing process, although in extreme cases, such as a torn ligament, a splint or plaster cast is necessary. In any case, putting on this bandage is not at all complicated and can even be done in the middle of a match. Here is a video that proves it:


In between these two types of bandages are ankle supports. There is a wide variety of brands and models on the market to suit the customer’s preferences and, of course, budget.

Depending on the degree of support you are looking for, there is one type of ankle brace or another. The most common is the one that looks almost like a sock (without covering the toes) a little more compressive than the conventional ones, which serves to provide a certain degree of security. However, to avoid sprains, those that include straps or laces to tie and thus reduce the lateral movement of the ankle are recommended.

In any of the three cases, the best thing to do is to consult a traumatologist or physiotherapist, since knowing each case in particular, a recommendation can be made that is better adjusted to the real needs of the affected person.