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Types of Foot Wraps and Their Uses


There are many types of wraps for feet that have become injured. A compression bandage offer compression that keeps the swelling from the injury from becoming worse and often times the wraps cause the swelling to decrease. A wide variety of wraps are available in most pharmacies as well as in many retail stores.

Their cost varies depending upon the selection of the length and the width of the wrap. Some of the many types of foot wraps available are:

• The ace wrap is a bandage made of elastic. It is available with metal clips to attach the end in place to keep it from coming unwrapped. It is sold in stores in rolls. Some of the wraps have Velcro fasteners. The ace bandage gives gentle pressure to the injured tissue. It also supports the area of the injury.

It may also be used to hold the area in place to speed the healing time. Blood flow to the injured limb is also improved by using a wrap of this kind. To use this bandage and most others someone must hold the wrap in one hand and use the other to place the wrap on the affected area.

The wrap is rolled around the area by overlapping the wrap. The wrap should be applied in a spiral like motion ensuring that the whole affected area is covered. The Velcro or clips should be applied to keep the ace wrap in place.

One should be careful as to not apply the wrap too tightly as this may cut off blood flow to the affected area. The bandage should be removed at least a couple of times per day. When taken off it should be left off for several minutes before reapplying it.

Some Tips

 Most all bandages are reusable and last for long periods of time before needed to be replaced. Often the part of the body that is wrapped may begin to tingle or have a feeling of numbness. The bandage should be removed and the area lightly rubbed. Follow this by wrapping the area again but not as tight as it was wrapped previously. Some other suggestions are as follows:

• Anytime the area turns blue in color or is cold to the touch, the wrap should be removed.

• Always keep an extra wrap so if the one that is being used becomes dirty it can be machine washed and the extra wrap that is clean can be applied. Always call you physician if there are any of these problems while wearing the wrap:

• If there is any amount of pain or some sort of cramping to the area that is wrapped in the bandage.

• If after removing the wrap, there is any numbness or any amount of tingling to the area.

• Any color of blue or if the skin is pale and is cold to the touch.

• After the bandage is applied there is an appearance of redness that was not there before the wrap was applied.

Many people use wraps for sprains and injuries such as athletes, runners, joggers, walkers, and those who have simply hurt or sustained an injury. If the wrap seems to not be helping, the individual needs to seek medical attention from their physician.

Sometimes the injury is more serious than one thinks it is. Often more invasive procedures including surgery may be needed. A physician will be able to evaluate and do certain tests to diagnose the problem and its severity. After which he will decide on a course of treatment.
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