Instructions – How to Wear a Below-Knee Ace Wrap

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    • The Goal of  is to apply greatest compression distally and less proximally.
    • It is generally best to include the knee to avoid window edema there.
    • The Ace wrap should extend proximally well above the knee.
    • Begin as shown on Fig. 1,  pulling approximately 25-50% of the stretch of the ace.
    • Fig. 2 shows how to catch the beginning of the ace and hold it in place.
    • Extend the wrap well proximally and wrap very loosely there.
    • Bring the wrap distally again to capture the remaining distal corner and again pulling 25-50% of the stretch out of the ace to ensure good distal compression.
    • Continue wrapping in this fashion but moving more distally with each layer.
    • A herringbone design often results with more layers distally.
    • Finish with several longitudinal runs of paper tape to hold the successive layers in place.
    • Keep any tape off of the skin.

    Contact your local orthotist at Cornell O&P for any additional information you might need.