Leg Ace Bandaging
After a burn injury or leg wound, wrapping the affected limb with ace wraps helps prevent
swelling, pooling of blood, graft loss, and long-term change of color. The ace wraps may also
prevent pain and itching by giving support and pressure over areas of swelling and scarring.
How to Apply Ace Wraps to the Legs
1. Use a 4 inch ace bandage for the foot and lower
leg. A 6 inch ace bandage might be best for adult
thighs. (In children and smaller adults the width of
the ace bandage will be chosen based on the size
of the child). Start the ace wrap at the top of the
foot, just below the toes. Wrap over the top of the
foot and around the back of the foot. This will
secure the ace bandage and prevent the ace
bandage from riding up the leg.
2. Pull the ace wrap diagonally, not at a right angle to
3. Wrap up the foot diagonally, reversing the
direction with each turn.
4, 5 Keep wrapping in a criss-
cross pattern, adding the
most pressure as you wrap
up the foot, toward the ankle.
6,7,8. As you apply the ace wrap
around the ankle, begin to
move up the leg, using the
same technique. Apply less
and less pressure as you move
up toward the body.
9,10. Keep wrapping up the thigh and
secure the end of the ace wrap with
tape. Check the toes to see if they
are pink and warm. There should
not be any numbness or tingling. If
the toes become paler, cool, numb,
or tingle, the ace bandage may be
too tight. Remove and rewrap the
ace bandage to apply correct
pressure without cutting off the
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