Your doctor or athletic trainer may suggest you wrap your calf if you have shin splints or another related injury. Wrapping your calf provides stabilization and support for the muscles, tendons and ligaments of your lower leg. Although it is easiest to wrap a calf with a partner's help, you can wrap your own calf. Consult your health care provider regarding any pain or injuries prior to choosing to wrap your calf.
Wrap your lower leg in pre-wrap foam. Start wrapping about 1 inch above your anklebone and circle the foam around your leg. Stop wrapping about 1 inch below your knee. This foam will prevent the tape from sticking to your skin.
Wrap medical tape over the pre-wrap foam in the same fashion that you wrapped the foam. Take a few steps to evaluate the tightness of the tape. If the tape is painful or digging into your leg as you walk or your foot starts to feel tingly as a result of poor circulation induced by the tape, it is too tight and needs to be removed. Repeat this step until the tape provides firm, but comfortable, support.
Remove the tape and pre-wrap foam after the activity for which you wrapped your calf. You should only wrap your leg for short periods of time when you need extra support to perform necessary activities, such as when at work. Do not tape your leg to provide support to exercise beyond your capabilities, as this could cause further injury.
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