Wrapping an elastic bandage around a limb can help reduce swelling after you've been injured or had surgery. The bandage is typically about two to six inches wide and four to six feet long. It comes with fastenings made of Velcro or metal clips to keep the bandage in place once it’s wrapped.
When wrapping your foot in the bandage, start at the ball of the foot and continue toward the ankle. Be sure to leave the heel exposed. Continue to wrap the bandage over the ankle in a figure-8 pattern. Ask your doctor to show you how to do this.
You want the bandage to be tight enough to immobilize and support the injured part, but not so tight that you are uncomfortable or feel like you are losing circulation. Elastic bandages are inexpensive and available at most drugstores.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor:
- Do I need a compression/elastic bandage?
- For how long will I have to wear a compression/elastic bandage?
- Will I have to wear the bandage all the time? When can I take it off?
- Will I also need a cane, crutches or other walking aid?
- Will I still be able to move around and/or put weight on my foot with the compression/elastic bandage?