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Lateral Ankle Sprain: How to apply kinesiology tape for an ankle sprain

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An ankle sprain is a common injury that can happen to anyone at any age. Whether you’re an athlete who loves to stay active or just an average joe who’s just walking around, a lateral sprain can happen to you!  It happens when your foot twists too much and either the ligaments or cartilage in your ankle gets stretched out or torn. It is painful!


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In this article, learn about the common cause of a lateral ankle sprain, its symptoms, as well as how to apply kinesiology tape for muscle activation to prevent it from happening in the future. 

What are the common causes of an ankle sprain? 

Again, a lateral ankle sprain can happen to anyone. Although, some activities or sports make you more prone to it. Athletes who play basketball, soccer, American football, tennis, and running are particularly prone to this type of injury.

Sudden movements make you more prone to an ankle injury. These movements can include:

  • Twisting
  • Turning
  • Jumping
  • Rolling of the ankle
  • Stepping on uneven ground
  • Sudden direction change

What are the symptoms of a lateral ankle sprain?

A lateral ankle sprain has many different symptoms. These can include:

  • Bruising
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling of the joint
  • Instability
  • Pain with movement
  • Inability to bear weight on the injured leg/foot

How do you tape for a lateral ankle sprain and prevent it from happening again?

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If you’re experiencing a lateral ankle sprain, you can use kinesiology tape to help alleviate the discomfort that you’re feeling.

In this protocol, we’ll be using 25% tension for muscle activation. If you’re unfamiliar with kinesiology tape tension, learn more about it  here.

Not only does this taping technique aid with the ankle sprain, but it also helps with preventing you from getting another one in the future.



  1. Measure enough tape from Peroneus Brevis to the Peroneus Longus. Measure out the tape for when you’ll be creating a Y-cut  further on.
  2. Split the tape vertically to create your Y-cut. Round your tape ends.
  3. Make one of the Y-cut’s tail/ end shorter.
  4. Anchor your tape without any tension. Rub the tape to activate the adhesive. Next, give the middle of the tape 25% tension. For taping the Peroneus Brevis, take the shorter tail of the Y-strip and give it 25% tension when applying. Make sure to not apply tension to the tape end.
  5. Then, take the long tail of the Y-strip to take for the Peroneus Longus. With 25% tension, bring it around the ankle. Again, make sure to apply no tension to the tape end.
  6. Rub the tape to activate the adhesive.

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Do you have an ankle sprain and want to try kinesiology taping? Well, let us point you in the right direction!

Tape Geeks offers strong yet sensitive kinesiology tape that delivers a great stick without making your skin sick! Our hypoallergenic, latex-free, and water-resistant tapes are available in a variety of eye-catching and vibrant colorways. Manufactured in an ISO-certified facility in South Korea, you can trust our kin tapes for their quality and reliability.

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