Ankle sprains happen quite often and are common sports injuries. But many people sprain their ankles every day during everyday activities as well. It only takes one wrong step. Ankle sprains and other ankle injuries need quick treatment to prevent further and long-lasting damage. Our ankle braces are your perfect companions to get back on track and to speed up the healing of your foot. They combat swelling, pain and protect your feet and ankles.
So, you’re thinking about getting an ankle brace. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a pro athlete, an ankle injury can sideline you from the activities you love. But with so many different types of ankle braces on the market, how do you know which one is right for you?
Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best ankle support for your needs:
If you have mild to moderate instability in your ankle, a simple support or ankle brace may be all you need. For more severe instability or chronic conditions such as arthritis, consider a hinged brace that provides additional support and helps protect your ankle from further injury. Our All Activity Protection Ankle Brace is definitely a great option to try.
If you’re looking for extra protection during high-impact activities such as running or basketball, consider a compression sleeve with built-in support. These sleeves provide extra stability and can help reduce swelling and pain. Again, take a look at our All Activity Protection Ankle Brace.
And finally, if you have had surgery on your ankle or are recovering from a serious injury, you probably need a more rigid ankle brace that gives your ankle the maximum rest while keeping it in its anatomically correct position to heal. One of our splints or the Pro Protection Ankle Guard may be what you need.
Our ankle braces are designed to fit both the left and right foot. The ankle braces are shaped to fit the anatomical structure of the foot and can easily be switched around, depending which side of your feet you need to support.
Generally, you can wear your ankle brace with any shoe or footwork that you like. From sneakers to work shoes, flip-flops to brogues. There is no need for special shoes. All you need to do is take care of potential constrictions or extra paddings of your shoes to not interfere with integrated pads from the ankle brace.
Our ankle braces are supposed to be in direct contact with your skin to provide the most support and stability. So we recommend NOT wearing them over normal socks. This could create extra and uncoordinated pressure points or skin irritation. Let the ankle brace do their job and wear them under normal socks if you need to.
Your ankle brace is in direct contact with your skin and most likely you’ve bought it for various activities or sports. So it is inevitable that it gets in contact with sweat and grime from your body.
All of our ankle braces are washable, of course. We always recommend washing your ankle brace by hand with mild soap. That ensures the best longevity. Products without Velcro straps, integrated pads or hinges/inserts, can be machine-washed in cold water.
After washing, lay your ankle brace flat and let it dry by air. Never put it in the dryer. Proper care helps your ankle brace to serve you better for longer.
Usually we don’t recommend wearing an ankle brace at night. Simply because it is not needed. In most cases, ankles don’t hurt when they rest, so wearing a brace is not necessary. In rare cases, when your ankle hurst at night or if you wake up in pain, you can try and see if wearing your ankle brace eases the pain. If that’s the case, you can keep it on.
Ankle braces are devices that can be used to support weakened or injured ankles, or to prevent ankle injuries from occurring. There are a variety of different types of ankle braces available on the market, but they all work by stabilizing the ankle joint and preventing the foot from moving too far in any one direction. This can help to protect the ligaments and tendons around the ankle from overstretching or tearing. In addition, an ankle brace can also help to relieve pain and swelling by providing compression and support. While an ankle brace is not a cure for an ankle injury, it can be a helpful tool in the treatment and prevention of ankle problems.
There is no definitive answer to how long you should wear an ankle brace, as it depends on the specific injury and your own healing process. However, the general rule of thumb is to wear the brace for at least two weeks after the initial injury. This will help to immobilize the joint and allow the ligaments and muscles to heal properly. After two weeks, you can slowly start to reintroduce movement, but continue to wear the brace for support. Depending on your recovery, you may need to wear the brace for several more weeks. It is important to listen to your body and follow your doctor’s instructions in order to ensure a full and speedy recovery.