How to Tape a Knee for Support

How to Tape a Knee for Support
After a knee injury, you need to tape your knee to prevent reinjury once you are ready to start exercising again. Get your doctor's permission to begin strenuous exercise. If you feel your knee is pain free and want to strengthen it again by walking, running or hiking, taping your knee can provide ample support.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • foam underwrap elastic sports tape
  • foam underwrap
  • elastic sports tape
Step 1
Purchase foam underwrap at a drugstore or medical supply store. The foam will protect your skin from being pulled by the tape.
Step 2
Wrap the foam underwrap around your upper calf, knee and lower thigh.
Step 3
Attach the underwrap with elastic sports tape around the top and bottom of the foam.
Step 4
Criss-cross the tape to provide flexible support for the knee, while holding it in the correct position. Start on the inner lower thigh and place tape on a diagonal under the kneecap, wrapping the tape around the shin to inside of the calf. With another piece of tape, cross from the inside of the upper calf, past the first row of tape and just above the kneecap and wrapping around the outside of the lower thigh. Repeat step four starting on the outside of the thigh and calf and taping in the opposite direction.
Step 5
Reinforce the criss-crosses, paying specific attention to the top and bottom of the kneecap. Work on a diagonal until the knee feels supported. Place a vertical line of tape on the inside and outside of the calf and thigh, stopping where the foam ends.
Step 6
Wrap the entire area underwrap with tape. Starting where the foam underwrap starts at the lower thigh, wrap elastic tape around the entire width of the leg, working down to the upper calf, where the foam underwrap stops. Do not wrap too tightly, but make sure your knee feels supported.

Tips & Warnings

 
If your leg is bulging above or below the tape, you wrapped it too tightly.
 
If you cannot walk with your knee or see bruising around the kneecap, go to the doctor.

Article Written By Megan Smith

Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.

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