Selecting the right ankle brace for your injury is important; ankle injuries come in all shapes and sizes and figuring out the problem can be tricky. If you're unsure, try our blog: what type of ankle injury do I have?
Diagnosing the issue is one thing but selecting the right ankle brace for your injury can be overwhelming, especially with so many options available.
Below is a list of the different types of ankle braces, their main features they usually have in addition to what injuries they are ideal for.
Selecting the right ankle brace
Type: Ankle sleeve
These are usually made of neoprene, woven elasticised fabric or other stretchable materials.
Type of injury: An ankle sleeve is designed to be worn as you need it and are ideal for mild issues like stiffness and soreness, weakness in the ankle and mild swelling.
Type: Ankle strap/wrap brace
This type of ankle brace usually incorporates a sleeve in addition to a built-in strap, often a figure 8 strap that is adjustable, to provide extra stability to the ankle joint.
Type of injury: These are a great option for reducing the risk of rolling, twisting or spraining your ankle, without being too bulky or obtrusive. These braces are designed to utilise the stronger parts of your ankle and lower leg to take pressure off the ankle itself.
Type: Lace up Braces
This type of ankle brace isn't a as common as others. Originally designed for athletes who want to fully control the amount of tension on the ankle, they can be adjusted to each person accordingly.
However the fabric is often not as comfortable as most woven fabrics, and the lack of venting often means they can overheat. They’re good for low end instability when strapping is not desired.
Semi-Rigid braces are designed to offer recovery and support post injury while still allowing active movement, and they often have multiple components to suit various stages of rehabilitation from an injury, helping patients to transition through their recovery.
Type of injury: These braces are highly versatile, and great for multiple issues, such as swelling and instability, fractures and post-op recovery.
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Rigid braces are the highest level of support you can get for your ankle. Utilising a rigid splint to keep your ankle in a particular position, they’re most often fastened with strapping, and can use padding, air cushions and inserts to keep the joint supported.
Type of injury: These braces are most commonly used for chronic instability, severe injury and post-op recovery, and often are the best change many people have of still walking with a severe injury.
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Using the right brace is just one part of treating ankle issues, and is best done alongside treatment by doctors and physiotherapists, resting the ankle, and strengthening the joint with regular targeted exercise.
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