Once an ankle is sprained and there is pain and/or swelling, ligaments have been at least partially torn, but it doesn't mean you'll have to stop running. This ankle taping technique immediately gives your ankle the necessary support to shorten the partially torn ligaments and allows expedient healing of the ankle. Ankle sprains are rated as mild, moderate and severe. Both mild and moderate should benefit significantly with this taping and allows you to resume at least forward walking and running movements within 20 minutes after the injury to 1 or 2 days with the RICE method of self care: R for rush to treat, I for ice 20 minutes every other hour, C for compression and E for elevation above the heart if possible.
This ankle taping technique is also a terrific preventive ankle sprain tool to use with trail running and sports involving lateral movements, i.e tennis, basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, and dance. I use it also with track and field athletes who need more foot and ankle support during particular events, i.e. high jump, long jump, pole vault, hurdling, steeplechase and throwing events. Even running straight ahead or around corners can be improved with this ankle taping technique; it reduces the wobbling effect inherent in walking and running, as we normally land on the outside of our feet every step we take due to the shape of our leg bones (femurs) where they anchor into the hip sockets and subsequently our feet role inward ever so slightly.
Dr. Paul R. Copeskey, DC, CCFC
Ankle Sprain Taping