angle, start a 3-inch bandage around the instep
for several turns to anchor it. Carry the bandage
upward over the instep and around behind the
ankle, forward and again across the instep and
down under the arch, thus completing one figure-
of-eight. Continue the figure-of-eight turns,
overlapping one-third to one-half its width, with
an occasional turn around the ankle, until the
compress is secured or until adequate support is
obtained (fig. 4-28).
ROLLER BANDAGE FOR HEEL. The
heel is one of the most difficult parts of the body
to bandage. Place the free end of the bandage on
the outer part of the ankle and bring the bandage
under the foot and up. Then carry the bandage
over the instep, around the heel, and back over
the instep to the starting point. Overlap the lower
border of the first loop around the heel and repeat
the turn, overlapping the upper border of the loop
around the heel. Continue this procedure until the
desired number of turns is obtained, and secure
with several turns around the lower leg (fig. 4-29).
ROLLER BANDAGE FOR ARM AND
LEG. The spiral reverse bandage must be used
to cover wounds of the forearms and lower ex-
tremities; only such bandages can keep the dress-
ing flat and even. Make two or three circular turns
around the lower and smaller part of the limb to
anchor the bandage and start upward, going
around making the reverse laps on each turning,
overlapping about one-third to one-half the width
of the previous turn. Continue as long as each turn
lies flat. Continue the spiral and secure the end
when completed (fig. 4-30).
With the initial end of the roller bandage ap-
plied to the head, just behind the right mastoid
process, the bandage is carried under the bony
prominence at the back of the head, upward and
forward back of the left ear, obliquely across the
top of the head, and downward in front of the
right ear. It is then carried under the chin, up-
ward in front of the left ear, obliquely across the
top of the head, crossing the first turn in the
midline of the head, and then backward and
downward to the point of origin behind the right
mastoid. Now it is carried around the back of the
head under the left ear, around the front of the
chin, and under the right ear to the point of origin.
This procedure is repeated several times, each turn
exactly overlying the preceding turn. The bandage
Figure 4-28.Roller bandage for the ankle and foot.
Figure 4-29.Roller bandage for the heel.
Figure 4-30.Roller bandage for the arm or leg.