To wrap a sprained ankle, place a rolled-up elastic bandage on the foot just underneath the toes, according to WebMD. Wrap the bandage around the ball of the foot, and continue wrapping it around the arch. Loop the bandage around the ankle and the arch in a figure-eight pattern, and complete the wrap by securing the bandage.
Compression wraps typically have some type of fastener system to secure the wrap, but if not, you can use tape when you finish wrapping, notes WebMD. Once the wrap is on, it should cover the entire ankle and foot, besides the toes. It should fit snugly without cutting off the circulation.
Common ankle sprain symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness and inability to put weight on the ankle, according to FamilyDoctor.org. These symptoms vary depending on the severity of the sprain. Wrapping the ankle is one stage of a common approach for treating ankle sprains, the RICE approach. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Rest involves keeping weight off the ankle while it heals. Ice, when applied to the ankle, helps reduce some symptoms of the sprain. Compression, such as wrapping the ankle, prevents swelling. Elevation involves raising the ankle above the heart, which reduces blood flow to it. This reduces swelling and bruising, explains FamilyDoctor.org.