WHAT IS IT?
This is a stretchy bandage that comes in a tube shape so that you can put your arm or leg inside the bandage and roll it into place instead of having to know how to apply and fasten a bandage.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
These tubular bandages come in different sizes and you should check the box that you are going to buy the correct size because it is very easy to buy the wrong one.
When you need to apply the bandage you cut the long tube to a length that is double of the size you need it to be and then put your hand or foot inside and pull the bandage into the correct place. When you have done that you have to double up the bandage by pulling the end the other way so it has come back on itself.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy with these bandages and I use them alot on my own injuries and for my husband also because he plays alot of sports and sometimes gets hurt.
They feel tight on and that is good because it helps for injuries not to swell too much and gives support also. They do not stretch or go baggy very easy and that is good also because the bandage has got to be tight to give the best help when you have hurt yourself. I have to use these most often on my wrist and on my husbands knee also and both of these are old injuries so we rely on the bandages for support only so that we can carry on with what we have got to do without having to stop and rest.
You can use the bandages and and you have to hand wash them in warm water only because they can not be put into the washing machine in case that would cause the elastic to stretch and then the bandages would not be so good.
These bandages cost £3.49 and can be bought from Boots only, they are very effective and alot better than some of the other tube bandages I bought this year so I will buy the Boots ones for as long as we need to use them.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I've had a gammy ankle for years, ever since a bad sprain in my teens - every so often, it just 'gives' usually sending me sprawling to the ground, and often injuring other bones in the process. Around three months ago, I had a particularly bad fall - my ankle gave way on a kerb, sending me into a sort of running comedy arms-flailing fall, which resulted in bleeding hums, a bloody nose, losing part of a tooth, a huge headache, an inability to bend my knee properly, and a sore and swollen wrist that still plagues me to this day*. My ankle though, the cause of all this pain and suffering ... absolutely fine!
As a result, I'm fairly used to having to keep a supply of Tubigrip support bandages on hand, and just bandaging myself up at home, rather than sitting in a hospital A&E for hours waiting to be told that 'It's just a sprain, just pop a support bandage on and keep it rested'. Tubigrip can be picked up from any branch of Boots, and is usually around £3.50 for a piece about a metre long.
Essentially, as you might have guessed from the name, its a sort of off white elasticated tube of bandage - not designed for dressing wounds, but for applying pressure and support to reduce swelling and discomfort. You can use it on most joints of the body - ankles, elbows, wrists, knees - and simply shove the offending swollen or sore joint through, and double the bandage back over for good secure support. The bandage often needs to be trimmed down to size, for which you'll need good sharp scissors, and especially for use on the wrists, I would recommend cutting thumb holes.
This is comfortable to wear - the material is soft on the skin, and the fit is tight, but not restrictive - I still have a full range of movement whilst wearing this. I find that when applied immediately after a sprain, it helps reduce the swelling, and (when used on my ankles) helps keep me mobile. After the most recent fall, I had to use these on both my knee and my wrist. The knee, which was particularly painful, still hurt with this on, (these aren't intended to do anything about the pain) but at least felt secure if I did have to kneel. My wrist, which actually only really began to hurt a couple of hours later, really benefited from using this - I found it incredibly hard to lift a cup of coffee without the bandage, but much more comfortable with one on.
These bandages come in a variety of sizes, from smaller ones designed for kiddies, to larger ones designed for larger builds. They are washable, and re-usable, so you can always keep one in the drawer if you are prone to sprains, or if you have weak joints that would just benefit from that little bit more support.
There is a downside to these though - and this may be more of a personal downside than a general one - after years of being told (after hours of waiting in A and E) that it is 'Only a sprain, put a pressure bandage on and relax it, you'll be fine) I've now taken to doing the pressure grip bandage treatment as a matter of course after a fall. Having been aching in my wrists for far longer than is usual this time round, I've recently had an X ray which has shown that I actually broke my wrist during my fall, and the reason it still aches is that the break has fused together again in a position that isn't quite right. The fact that I'd applied to pressure bandage so quickly after the fall possibly suppressed a lot of the swelling and bruising that would have indicated a more severe injury.
It's not too serious, but it has taught me a lesson about assuming that just because the last few times were only sprains, this time is too!
Overall, a great source of additional support for a weak joint or sprain, but when in doubt, get it checked out!
I have always had a problem with my knees. This results from a school injury where I fell really heavily on it initially, then I twisted it a number of other times over the course of my school years, and it has never been right since. Consequently, when I do a lot of walking these days, particularly if somewhere hilly, I get a lot of knee pain.
I last bought a box of this last summer when I was on holiday. We had been out for the day to Dover castle, and had walked up and down the hill several times, as well as tackling the steps within the castle. By the time I got back to the place we were staying, I was in absolute agony. Knowing we were due out again the next day, I realised that if I didn't do something about my knee, I would not be able to go, so I popped round to a tiny branch of Boots in the town we were staying at to see what I could get.
On the shelf was ibuprofen and tubigrip bandages, so I bought some of both. Ibuprofen was to deal with the pain and swelling, whereas the tubigrip bandage was to apply compression to the injured joint to allow me to continue to use it.
I got a size E bandage. This is 8.75cm diameter and 1m in length. The bandage came within a sealed green cardboard outer packaging. This had on it some tips for wearing the bandage, and recommended that this was suitable to wear on large ankles, medium knees and small thighs.
I have been to the hospital many times when I have injured my knee, so I know that the Drs will tell me to rest the leg and elevate to reduce swelling, and wear an ice pack. Then they put on some tubigrip. They have a cool contraption at the hospital that is a metal cage - the bandage goes around the metal cage. The cage is then moved up your leg to where the bandage should go, and then they gently move the bandage onto your leg so it is in the correct position. Applying this myself at home, I have to manually pull the bandage up my leg to get it into the required position.
Tubigrip bandage works best when it is doubled over onto itself so you are wearing two layers of bandage over the affected area. Putting it on myself, I find it easiest to position it first of all in a single layer, pulling it on like a sock. I then double it when I am sure it is in the right place making sure the overlap is not behind my knee as I find this uncomfortable.
At first, tubigrip can feel a bit tight, but as the swelling reduces and the bandage stretches a little, it becomes more comfortable.
The relief to the injury is always immediate for me. I can then bear to put some weight onto my knee.
I cannot remember off hand how much I paid for this at the time. I see on Boots website that you can buy an F sized bandage for £3.50, so I imagine this would have been a similar price. I find that within one box the bandage is long enough to cut into two so that I have two bandages. While you can wash tubigrip bandages by hand to re-use them a few times, I do find that eventually the edge that you cut does start to fray and look ragged. At this point I then just start a new bandage.
I don't wear these often, but it is handy to have them on hand as I do feel twinges in my knee a lot, and if I knew I was going on a long hilly walk, I would wear this as a pre-emptive measure to stop injury from happening. I find that wearing one of these, I can get on with less pain and more movement in my joint.
The advantage to this is its a quick way to strap up an injury. There are no issues with winding a bandage too tight and affecting my circulation, and I don't have to find pins to finish putting on the bandage. If it were an arm injury, its so simple to use I could apply it myself if I needed to.
I think tubigrip is an essential item to have in our house at least, and I am sure as my boys get bigger they are likely to end up injured at some point needing to wear it too.
First aid made easy.
Having always suffered with bad luck and poor illness I've spent much of my life with a tubigrip clinging to one of my joints or other. During my high school years, and this is no word of a lie, I managed to break/fracture/crack either my left wrist or right wrist every year for the 5 years. This clearly weakened my wrists and now I struggle greatly with them, even in minor tasks such as lifting a saucepan onto the hob where my arms will shake so much I worry I'll spill the contents all over myself.
I go through tubigrips a lot as my biggest issue with them is when I cut the hole required to push my thumb through if I am wearing it on my wrist, this hole will stretch over time and eventually the tubigrip will lose all elasticity. As a result I try to find cheap alternatives to pharmacy brand tubigrips to save myself some cash when I'm buying a new one. For this reason I have bought my last few from Boots Pharmacy and it cost me £3.00. This is much cheaper than my local pharmacy which cost me £6.00 the last time I purchased it there which I thought was ridiculous for a simple piece of material so don't really wish to buy it from there again.
What it is:
A tubigrip is essentially an elasticated piece of cotton which depending on the size you choose varies in length from 13-16m circumference to 36-46cm. They can be used on a variety of joints, not only wrists, such as knees and ankles. Due my bad luck I've been known to sport a tubigrip on both ankle and wrist in tandem (I have a habit of throwing myself down the stairs or slipping on ice!) and find I can interchange them easily as a single size tends to fit all areas of my body, which is useful as it saves me having to spend even more on them. There is a guide as to which letter size will fit varies joints which is useful but I think with a bit of common sense its easy to work out your perfect size, even if it means testing out a few.
As I said before when cut the durability of a tubigrip is halved yet I find they still last me a couple of months easily. They are easy to clean and can be used for repeated use (as specified on the box). To use one you simply pull the material over your joint leaving half left over the area you wish to cover, and then you fold this material over the original piece you have placed on the joint. The support is firm, but if you feel it is cutting off your circulation or your arm feels numb you have probably bought one size too small and should simply jump up a size. If using on the wrist I would recommend cutting only a small hole for the thumb because as I mentioned this does stretch and unless it is uncomfortable, it is best to have more material around the thumb to provide support (this area especially is where I receive a lot of discomfort having strained this muscle frequently).
Overall this is definitely a product I would recommend particularly because it is something that always comes in handy and even if you don't use it often its something to have around just in case. The support it provides is essential for someone like me with very weak joints (especially in times such as this where I am writing frequently and lots because I have just concluded revising for exams). The price is very reasonable and I find the fit snug but comfortable. An essential for someone unlucky like me!
A few years ago I started suffering problems with one of my knees. It is nothing major but every now and again it does get uncomfortable and feels very weak. I can go months without a problem and then suddenly the pain returns again. It is always worse if I have done a lot of walking and when I had an attempt at staring to jog it didn't take me long to realise that I would permanently be in pain if I didn't give it up. When I am at work I do have to stand up all day and if my knee is hurting this can become very uncomfortable, especially after a 10 hour shift.
I did try using the stronger supports for the knee that I saw in a Sport shop but I found them quite uncomfortable if I needed to wear them all day and so I looked for something that was lighter weight and would be comfortable enough for me to wear for long periods of the day if I needed to.
Tubigrip support bandages have been around for years and are available to buy in a variety of sizes and in two different lengths. The ones in Boots had a handy size guide on the size so I measured around my knee and opted for Size D which was suitable for a small knee or large elbow. I bought the one metre size and it cost about £3 although I have noticed that they are now £3.49 in Boots. The packaging is not very exciting; it is now simply a green cardboard box with pictures on the product on various limbs. My box is a bit older and is blue, like the Dooyoo picture, but the product itself has not changed at all.
Tubigrip states that it is a tubular elastic bandage for sprains strains and weak joints. I have decided that my knee is basically weak; I don't think there is anything major wrong it just lets me down occasionally so this sounded perfect.
Upon opening the box I was met with a rather dingy beige looking bandage. I immediately disliked the colour as it looked old and dirty. The ends were just roughly cut with bits of elastic and threads hanging out. First impressions were certainly not good!
The directions recommended cutting the Tubigrip to twice the required length and then adding on a couple of centimetres for good measure. The bandage is easy to cut with normal scissors although it is best to try to cut straight across the weave to try to keep the edge neater. The first time I did this I cut the bandage far too small. It just rolled down and off my knee within a couple of minutes of putting it on. The second time I realised that it had to reach several inches above and below my knee to provide support and also to stay in place.
Once the Tubigrip has been cut it is a simple matter to slide it on. The woven material is very stretchy so it was simple to pull it on over my knee. I then doubled the bandage over with the fold at the bottom and leaving the extra couple of centimetres as a single top layer at the top.
Having worn the sports supports before I did wonder if this was tight enough as it was extremely comfortable. I worried that it would fall down or would not do a very good job of offering support.
I was pleasantly surprised. The bandage did seem to move a little at first but then it seemed to settle into position and didn't move again. It didn't roll down at all (once I had cut the correct length) either.
I wore it first at work and I realised after a couple of hours that my knee hadn't bothered me at all and that I also hadn't been aware of wearing the Tubigrip either. This could only be a good thing and I was happy with its performance. The aching pain in my knee was totally relieved and stayed away the whole time I was wearing the support. I think the added warmth of wearing the bandage helped as well as the support level.
I have now used the Tubigrip many times. I do not have to wear it all the time but I just pop it on when I have been having a few twinges and I immediately find relief. I usually only need to wear it for a day or two and the problem then vanishes for a while. I also put the bandage on if I know I am going to do a particularly long walk, especially if it is hilly and this seems to prevent me developing any problems.
The bandage is washable. It is 83% cotton with Polyamide and Elastodiene and also contains latex. It is suggested that it should be hand washed but since I detest hand washing I tend to shove it in the washing machine but I do make sure I use a 40 wash with non-bio and no fabric softener to help protect the elastic nature. The packet also says that you can iron it with a cool iron but I have never thought it needed ironing!
I still dislike the medical creamy colour but I have learnt to live with it now. I often wear trousers so the Tubigrip can't be seen but they do look a bit grotty on bare legs or even under flesh coloured tights so I prefer to use them under opaque tights although then my knee does look exceptionally wrinkled and chunky!
Since I was able to get a couple of bandages out of the metre and have been able to wash them I have found that the one pack has lasted me ages. I will probably replace them soon but they have certainly lasted well. For minor injuries or on-going niggles like mine then I would certainly recommend the Tubigrip. It is only a lightweight support and so would not be suitable for more serious injuries or when reliable, heavy duty support is required. It doesn't feel bulky or uncomfortable when worn and has certainly worked really well for me. Doctors are able to prescribe Tubigrip on the NHS if they feel it is appropriate as well but if you pay for your prescriptions it is cheaper to buy it off the shelf.
I first discovered the benefits of Tubigrip when I was skiing in Canada a few years ago, it was the first time I had ever been skiing I hired most of the equipment and bought all the protective clothing, I also packed a couple of lengths of tubigrip in my case as well, it was really incase I fell over and twisted my joints. What I did not think about is the pressure that skiing would have on my wrists. After my first day of ski school I had fallen over several times but luckily without injury, however it wasn't until the next day that I realised the effect skiing had had on my arms, I woke up in the morning with extremely painful wrists, they were so bad that there was no way I could put much pressure on them never mind hold myself up on a ski slope, worried that I would not be able to ski I remembered the tubigrip I had packed, I decided to give it a go and pulled a double layer of tubigrip over each wrist. To my surprise it worked, ok my wrists still felt a little painful but the Tubigrip bandages really helped to support my wrists whilst at the same time giving me the freedom of movement I needed to ski.
Packaging & Appearance
Tubigrip is a very basic but a very effect form of bandage and comes in equally simple packaging, Tubigrip comes in a variety of box styles depending on the size you buy but they are all similar in design. I got mine from Boots. It costs roughly £3 to £4.00. The front of the box usually has a picture or pictures of various types of joints (knees, wrists, elbows) wearing the Tubigrip bandage. One the back of the box are details of the Tubigrip size and how to wear it, I cannot remember the exact details on the back of the box as this has long been dispensed with. The Tubigrip itself is white in colour, it is basically a long length of bandage which is covered with threads of elastic within the fabric, that is basically it for the appearance of the bandage itself. The lengths of Tubigrip you can buy varies and simply needs to be cut to the right length.
How Tubigrip Works
As mentioned you simply cut a piece of Tubigrip from the length of bandage, the length will depend on how bigger area you wish to cover, also the amount of layers you wish to wear, for example you may wish to double it up for extra support. Tubigrip is a support bandage which is designed for sprains, strains and weak joints, it is made from a soft material which is very comfortable to wear, the elastic threads provide the support needed and holds the bandage in place without the use of pins or tapes. The fabric it is made from is very thin which allows adequate support but allows you complete freedom of movement making it ideal to wear during sports or exercise. With the bandage being made of a thin soft fabric and elastic threads it comfortably hugs the body which is perfect when wearing it over joints, it also applies even pressure over the injured joint increasing support nad helping to strengthen the joint and reduce the pain.
Benefits of Tubigrip
Provides effective and comfortable tissue support
Easy to apply and reapply
Comes in one long length of material which can be cut to the correct size needed
Comes in a full range of sizes suitable for different size joints
Washable and reusable
No need for pins and tapes to hold the bandage in place
Evenly distribute pressure over the injured joint for full and effective support
Made from a thin fabric to give you full movement in the joint whilst supporting it.
As mentioned Tubigrip comes in a variety of sizes, the combination of differnet sizes and the elastic threads which cover the entire bandage make it suitable for virtually all joint sizes. The sizes are each given a letter to determine the size joint they will fit.
SIZE A - Will fit joints 13 - 16cm in circumference, this is more suited to people with small wrists or even children.
SIZE B - Fits joints which are 16 - 20cm in circumference, this is suitable for medium wrists or elbows
SIZE C - Fits joint which are 20 - 24cm in circumference and are suited to large wrists, medium elbows or small to medium ankles
SIZE D - Is basically the same as size C (not sure the point of this one)
SIZE E - Fits joints 24 - 28cm in circumference, this is suitable for large elbows, medium to large ankles and medium knees
SIZE F - Fits joints 28 - 36cm in circumference, it will fit medium to large knees and small thighs
SIZE G - Fits joints which are 36 - 46cm and will fit medium thighs or extra large knees
As you can see from the variety of sizes Tubigrip really will fit almost any size joint, whist the guide does recommend what joint each size is suitable for this is not a strict rule and you can wear each size in which ever area you like
Tubigrip can be bought from a variety of places including Superdrug, Boots and even some larger supermarkets. Again the price depends on the size of the bandage you wish to buy, but they typically range between £1.50 tp £3.00, obviously with the larger bandages being more expensive. I think that Tubigrip is very reasonably prices especially as you can get more than one bandage out of a length of Tubigrip, it is also washable, reusable and long lasting. one piece of tubigrip can be used many times, eventually the elastic will go after excessive use but at such a cheap price it is easily replaceable.
Does it Work?
Im my experience Tubigrip really does work, it worked extremely well when I was skiing at supporting my wrists, the pressure of skiing made my wrists extremely painful but with the Tubigrip they felt supported, but it also meant that the bandages gave me full movement in my wrists at the same time allowing me to fully participate in the ski school. I have since used Tubigrip for other joint sprains and strains and again it has worked very well at supporting the injured joint and reducing the pain. I would definitely recommend Tubigrip, whilst it is not suitable for major joint injuries it works very well for the minor joint sprains and strains, it is cheap to buy, long lasting and will support an injured joint whilst giving it full movement making it ideal for sports and everyday living.
Of late I have really suffered with a bad ankle. Well I call it my ankle its actually my Achilles and it kills all the time and I'm forever moaning about it! I have had it looked over by the Doctor and basically he gave me cream to rub on it and told me its to do with my sciatica I suffer from, but for now that was all he could suggest to help and to my dismay the cream he prescribed doesn't help me at all sadly.
However my Achilles throbs, I struggle to walk on my foot at times and can't put pressure on it so my mate (bless her heart) purchased me one of these whilst she was in Boots to see if that would help me.
The box my support bandage came in is green and on the front of it the bandage is shown being used on a hand, an arm, a foot and a knee and we are told that it is Boots Pharmaceuticals Tubigrip Support Bandage 'Flexible support, east to apply, provides even pressure' and I am told my size is size D 'For large wrist, large elbow, medium ankle, small knee' and that it measures 7.5cm x 1m. Other information on the back of the box includes being told a bit more about the product and advise on how to use it and contact details for Boots are given.
The Bandage Itself:
The bandage is an an off white tubular, elasticated length of bandage and designed to to give a firm but still comfortable support for Sprain's, strains and weak joints. It is hand washable and smooth and you simply pull it on to where you want it. You can cut it to size with a pair of scissors with ease if need be too.
You simply need to cover the limb thats in pain and that is it. Choose the right size like mine is it gently grips, doesn't roll down and I was impressed cos I needed to cut mine and it hasn't frayed at all where it was cut although I have used it often and washed it a fair few times!
This needs to be doubled over to create a second layer and I find it really comfortable to use and again I have never found it to become loose or give up its elasticity even over time.
However I can't say it helped me with my Achilles to be totally honest, I think the pain is to bad there but I did find it helped it not to swell so much and I did feel it was protected at least.
I recommend these bandages however as I think they are great quality and last ages so work out good value for money!
They come in a variety of sizes (to fit most joints) and of course are priced accordingly. My size D one cost
£3.29 and these are only available in Boots stores.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
As a child and teenager, I forever seemed to be spraining a wrist or an ankle, and tubigrips soon became a permanent feature in my house, just seemed like something I always needed to have in stock.
The boots tubigrip, comes in a blue box with pictures of tubigrips on some ankles, elbows, wrists etc. I believe these come in a few different sizes, so no matter what you have the need of a tubigrip for, or how large or small, old or young you are, there is a size for you to ensure you get the support you need.
The Boots own brand tubigrip costs around £4 I think, although I could be wrong. If you collect Boots Advantage Points, you can get points on this item. You can also buy this with Boots points if you have enough on your advantage card.
I find this tubigrip gives great support, and is a better tubigrip than some others I have I used before. It is easy to cut to a correct length, and easy to use. The usage instructions are written on the box, in plain, simple English so if you have never used a tubigrip before, you will know exactly how to use one with no problems what so ever. It is so simple even a child can do it!
These tubigrips are great for sprains, strains and just weak joints. They give the perfect amount of support, and when they get dirty, you can just pop them into the washing machine, easy. They are tumble dryable and I have found they best wash on a 30 degree wash.
If you find yourself in need of a tubigrip, I totally recommend you get the Boots own brand one, as you could not fault it.
Being quite clumsy and awful at sports at school, I was always being ushered towards a bit of tubigrip by both GPs and my parents when I had pulled a muscle.
Now, I always like to have a few lengths of tubigrip in the house. It is very easy to use (just pull it on and double it over for extra support- you cut it to size too). After going to university and moving house around 12 times in 6 years, I recently went hunting for the ever faithful slightly worn bits of tubigrip i've re-used when required only to find them "missing". 'Eek' I thought.
I trotted along to Boots one lunchtime and paid £3.29 for a metre of size C tubigrip. This comes in an assortment of sizes (from Boots: B-F) B is the smallest I have seen, for a small wrist going up to F for larger thighs. I find size C the most multifunctional size for me- it is sized by width so a C will fit on my calf, knee, elbow and at a push my wrists, but it would not be that snug so: should I damage one of my wrists, I'd buy the smaller size (I have very small wrists though). I'd say for size 6-10 females, go for a size C, for small or medium males, size C- D for general wrist/ calves use.
As I do a lot of walking (about 5 miles a day) and pilates and other bits of excercise, I find I get sore muscles (calves, ankles mainly) and every so often I will wear a tubigrip support just to take the edge off a pulled or tweaked muscle. I have sprained my ankles before but found tubigrip too painful to use in the first 24 hours on a bad sprain as the area was bruised so applying the tubigrip really really hurt. After the initial swelling went down, then the tubigrip came out for the few weeks afterwards as a support.
Tubigrip is fantastic as a support for your muscles or if you have weakened muscles due to previous injuries. My dad always uses a tubigrip bandage when he goes ballroom dancing as he finds his ankles need a little support now he is in his 70s.
I would not recommend tubigrip if you have anything more serious than a sprained/ tweaked/ torn or pulled muscle unless it is a week or a few weeks after your injury and the worst is over. I think as a general rule, tubigrip is great to have in the house, you can wash it and re-use it and it will last for many years general use. If it is too painful to actually put the tubigrip on, then I would advise seeing a doctor/ using a roll around elasticated bandage instead. Also- you are not supposed to leave tubigrip on when you go to bed. I did this once when I was younger and woke up with a hugely swollen foot !
I mysteriously injured my wrist whilst recently pregnant - apparently your limbs become looser when you are pregnant which can cause you to more easily strain things!
I was having major problems with even moving it as it was making this horrible clicking sensation and causing me to yell out every time it happened!
It was recommended that I use a support on it but as these we ridiculously expensive for something that might not work; my husband suggested I try a tubular bandage first.
I was happy to do this as the Boots bandage is really good value - I think it was approx £1.50 and you get a lot more bandage than you need so I was able to cut off a portion for my wrist. It was easy to cut with regular scissors and it was also no problem cutting a hole for my thumb.
It has an interesting chemical like smell but it's not unpleasant or noticeable after a short time.
Unfortunately being a creamy white colour it does get grubby looking fairly quickly but it washer well in soapy water.
It did provide my wrist with really good support and certainly stopped it hurting and clicking.
It did get annoying to wear after a while as you get quite sweaty but I presume that would have been the case whatever I had used.
It is really good value for money as you get far more than you need so we still have 3/4 of it in our first aid kit for other, no doubt inevitable sprains!
Well OK, I didn't fall down the stairs (it would be pretty impossible, seeing that I live in a ground floor flat), but if I'd said falling over the hoover, it wouldn't have had the same ring to it! Yes, that's right, in my most recent of ridiculous accidents (I'm always having them), I managed to fall over the hoover when running to answer the phone. To add insult to my very literal injury, it turned out it was a phone ringing on the TV, not mine! Anyway, as I fell I managed to sprain my ankle, and although it didn't hurt initially, in the days after, I had a really annoying niggly pain, and my ankle felt really weak. I couldn't get a doctors appointment for two weeks, and it didn't seem serious enough to go to hospital with, so I decided to find some sort of ankle support to use in the meantime.
The Boots Tubigrip support bandage is basically a pull on elasticated bandage which can be used on the wrist, elbow or ankle. It states that this provides support for 'sprains, strains and weak joints.' It comes in different sizes, and the one I bought is size C, which is suitable for 'a medium wrist, medium elbow or small ankle.' I must admit, I didn't really know what constitutes as being small, medium and large, so went off the fact that I usually buy a small size in clothing - but more on the size later...
The back of the pack shows how to cut the bandage if you want to use it as a wrist support, but strangely for your ankle it shows you a diagram, and for your elbow gives written instructions. I'm not really sure why that is - and surely it would be better to have the same layout of instructions for each, as it would make it less confusing. As it was, I have no idea what I was supposed to do with this, because the ankle diagram wasn't clear. It looks as though you're supposed to fold it over at one edge, but I didn't because, I simply didn't understand what to do, so I just did things my own way!
The bandage is made of a soft, elasticated cotton and is an off white colour, which I personally think makes it look a little bit grubby. One thing I was a little surprised about was the length of the bandage. It's a meter long, which obviously is quite big. Although in the (very unclear) diagram it shows the bandage going all the way up the leg, I didn't see this necessary as it was only my ankle affected, therefore I cut a piece of the bandage off, to simply fit over my ankle.
As this is elasticated, you simply pull it on, meaning there is no need for tape or safety pins, something I think would be especially useful if you were using it for your wrist.
I mentioned size earlier, and when I first put this on, I did feel that it wasn't doing anything, because despite buying the smallest size it didn't seem very tight, therefore didn't appear to offer much support. I also had a bit of a problem with it slipping down my foot, again, possibly because it wasn't as tight as it could be. To give you a rough idea, I am a size 8-10, and I wouldn't say I had particularly slim ankles, so I think if you were smaller than me, this could be a problem.
After a while, I did notice that the bandage was in fact offering more support than I had initially thought. In fact I found that my ankle felt a lot more supported and stronger than it initially did, and wearing it did seem to ease the pain somewhat. Even so, I think I might have preferred something that wrapped around my ankle, and I could tighten myself to give the correct amount of pressure, as it still felt a little bit loose.
A few more things to note - the bandage is washable, and although it states that this should be done by hand, I put it in the machine and it came out fine. Also to note, is that it contains latex, so is no good for those with latex allergies.
These bandages cost £3.71 from Boots.
Overall, this was OK, but should I have a similar injury in the future, I think I would probably go for something else. Although this did offer some support to my ankle, the sizing was a really issue, and the instructions for use not clear, which really let the product down.
Gives firm support for sprains, strains and weak joints.