Strapping or taping your ankle for sports is a great way to get stability on the field, but having to reapply every time, sometimes twice a match can leave you tired and over it. Ankle stability is crucial for injury prevention and recovery, so finding a more sustainable alternative that you can "set and forget" is often the best solution.
Using braces or sleeves with an ankle strap built in gives you the stability of an ankle strap with the compression and recovery of a sleeve for the best combination to keep active.
How does strapping help the ankle?
Strapping acts as a stabiliser and regulator. When you're injured, pain and weakness change the way you walk, causing the ankle to roll, slip or slide. An ankle strap works to regulate that movement, restoring it to normal function so you don't have to focus on each step all the time.
Why can't I just use tape?
While taping your ankle properly with the right tape is the best way of stabilising the joint, it doesn't last long, sometimes only 20 minutes if you're on the rugby field. It can also hurt and leave residue after every application, turning into a regular waxing session. Ankle straps work to emulate taping over the day, taking the hassle out of it.
For chronic cases, you can use the strap over tape for maximum stability.
Will these stop me moving properly?
Bauerfeind's ankle straps are designed to regulate the active movement of your ankles, rather than reduce or immobilise them. This means that you still have full movement of the joint as you need, being able to play sports without restriction. It's the perfect compromise between support and freedom, great for those who want some protection and extra stability without forsaking movement.
How do I take care of these products?
Virtually all of our products can be machine washed on a cold gentle cycle and air dried out of direct sunlight. Putting them on and taking them off carefully is recommended, and for specific product care, refer to the product manual or contact our friendly staff.
What is the warranty for these products?
All supports and insoles come with a 12 month warranty, and compression stockings with a 3 month warranty for any manufacturers faults. At any point if you've got issues with the product or aren't sure if something is wrong, just contact our helpful staff.
How do I know they'll fit?
Bauerfeind have an incredibly extensive sizing system for our products based off of hundreds of thousands of patient measurements. The perfect anatomic fit system we use means that the supports are designed to fit your body, not the other way around. (We also offer custom options for a range of our products for those rare few who still can't fit into our sizing range).