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What is an Ankle Brace?

An ankle brace can be defined as a fitted garment worn around the ankle for added protection, and in some cases immobilization.

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The brace, also known as an ankle sleeve, is often worn following a sprain in the ankle or other minor injury. Not only does it immobilize the joint to ensure faster healing, but also offers heat and compression to the bones offering added comfort.

All About Ankle Sprains – Their Causes and Symptoms

An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries of the foot which can be endured either during day-to-day activities or while playing a sport. In most cases, it is caused due to stepping spontaneously on an uneven object, or due to taking a misstep while walking or running.

Ankle sprains can lead to injuries in the surrounding ligament, and therefore need to be treated swiftly in a bid to avert any long-term damage to the ankle joint.

Yet another one of the most common sports injuries is Plantar fasciitis, which is characterized by a searing pain on the bottom of the heel, as a result of the irritation or inflammation of the strong band of tissue that supports foot’s arch.

Ankle Sprains – Treatment Using Ankle Braces

As pointed out earlier, it is crucial to take any ankle sprain or injury in all seriousness, and in case of excessive swelling, it is best to see an orthopedic surgeon and seek the best treatment. That said, an ankle brace or ankle sleeve can come in rather handy to help immobilize the joint and enable faster healing.

In fact, when you see out to find the best ankle braces, you will be able to spot a large variety including but not limited to Air Cam Walker Fracture Boot Liner, Premium Knit Ankle Compression Support with Adjustable Velcro Straps, Sport-Fit Ankle Braces, and Standard Air Walking Boot amongst others.

For what it’s worth, the best ankle brace will benefit you in numerous ways including –

Helps Reduce Swelling

In addition to rest and applying ice packs, wearing a supportive ankle brace can help relieve the initial swelling within the first 24-48 hours after the injury. The reduced swelling ensures that there is no added pressure on the foot or the ankle. Not only does this help avoid any further damage to the injured area, but also enables better pain relief.

Helps Regain Range of Motion

After suffering ankle injuries, it becomes important to restrict the buildup of scar tissue, and an increased range of motion can help you do just that. This helps ensure reduced pain, while also diminishing the chances of recurring injuries and other issues.

In addition to ankle exercises as prescribed by your doctor, using a flexible ankle brace can help in a restricted yet increased range of motion while providing ample support to the ankle joint and the surrounding ligaments.

Assists In The Return To Activity

After a few days of suffering the injury, the best way to return to normalcy is to gradually increase the weight placed on the recovering ankle, while also increasing the overall range of motion in terms of distance and speed. This can help regain the much needed balance and stability. Of course, to do so, you need a proper support type which can only be offered by something as meticulously designed as the Sport-Fit Ankle Brace, equipped with adjustable velcro straps for a snug fit.

Acts as a Preventative Measure

In addition to taking ample measures to fasten the recovery process and heal the existing injury, it is also essential to eliminate the chances of further injury. This can be done by frequent stretching to improve blood circulation, and strength training to enhance muscle strength. Of course, such stretching and exercise should only be done while wearing an orthopedic ankle brace for sprains.

Ankle Compression Sleeve for Athletes

A compression sleeve is more than important for athletes to ensure swift healing, as well as quick relief from ankle and heel pain. Moreover, compression braces can also provide support to help them regain motion of the injured joint, and of course help in avoiding future injuries in the same area.

FAQs About Ankle Braces and Ankle Brace Sleeve

Which Ankle Brace Should I Use?

If you are suffering from a minor ankle sprain, you can opt for a simple sleeve such as Premium Knit Ankle Compression Support. On the other hand, if your ankle injury is rather severe, you must go for a brace with rigid components such as an Air Walking Boot. Before choosing the brace, however, we strongly recommend that you talk to your physician or physical therapist to help you make the right call.

Can I use the Ankle Brace of One Foot on Another Foot?

Ideally, you shouldn’t. Every ankle brace is designed to offer a snug fit to the ankle and heel. Since the right foot and the left foot have different contours, a brace meant for one foot should NOT be used on the opposite foot.

Which type of shoes should I wear with Ankle Sleeve?

You do not need to wear any special shoes with United-Ortho Ankle Braces. Any casual, sport or formal shoe that fits well and feels comfortable on the foot can be worn in tandem with the ankle sleeve. Simply make sure that you do not put much weight on the recovering foot and do not walk or exercise aggressively.

Can I wear my Ankle Sleeve over my socks?

No. Kindly do not wear the ankle sleeve over any type of clothing. United Ortho Ankle Braces are designed using moisture-wicking fabric and therefore feel rather comfortable. Moreover, in order to enable the required amount of stability and compression, it is crucial that the sleeve remains in direct touch with the joint.

Can I wear my Ankle Brace at night?

There is no need for wearing your ankle brace at night. These braces with an open-heel design are specially curated to offer ankle support during your day-to-day activities. So, feel free to give your feet some much-needed rest during your sleep time!