A whopping 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day. In fact, the ankle is the most commonly sprained part of the body. Wearing a brace for sprained ankles is the perfect way to prevent against rolling, twisting or turning the ankle excessively in an improper or awkward way that may produce a sprain. Chances are, you or someone you know is struggling with an old sprain that just seems to linger. We know you're not looking to slow down so that's why we recommend wearing a brace for sprained ankles to protect stabilize your ankle. A brace combined with a rehabilitation program (recommended by your physician) will get you back to normal in no time! We’ve looked at several braces to produce this list of eight fabulous options. Take a look because there is something for everyone.
This is our first pick. We really like the fact that it offers both a hot and cold gel pack because icing the ankle is a huge part of the recovery process. This brace is also useful for those trying to gain support and stabilization and/or pain relief for tendonitis, arthritis and swollen feet. This company’s wraps are designed and tested by physical therapists which is a big plus since they really are the experts when it comes to knowing how to heal and prevent ankle injuries such as ankle sprains. There’s a lot to love with this brace.
Our second pick is the CopperJoint Compression sleeve because who doesn’t like copper technology and compression? It’s reliable and effective. This brace will promote faster recovery for the muscles surrounding the ankle, enhance circulation and relieve stiffness and soreness. This brace is best for those with swelling. It’s not going to offer a lot of support but the compression is ideal for recovery. This is a great option to wear to bed or use when sitting on the couch at home elevating and icing the ankle.
This brace is another solid choice for more support. Plus its bionic futuristic look is pretty cool. It has an on-demand technology feature which means it only fully engages when you need it to prevent a sprain, roll or twist. We think this is a solid option for those looking to slowly wean off of a brace in sports as it only engages when you need it to.
This is our choice for a brace to be used during sports such as running, soccer, football, volleyball and basketball. It fits in your shoe and offers a splint-level support (strong support) with gel material for comfort. Bracing on both sides enhances ankle stability during activity. Plus, it features compression therapy, which will enhance circulation and promote recovery.
This is a great pick for when you need a brace right after you sprain your ankle. It is also designed to be worn throughout your recovery process. It reduces swelling using shells lined with air cells that pulsate and compress when you walk. Plus it offers support and stability for acute and chronic ankle conditions. Where it out of the emergency room and around your house post-injury and enjoy all that this brace offers.
Fashioned like a boot, this brace is quite sturdy. Lace it up and then wrap the Velcro around the top of the brace to achieve the desired tightness. It will work really well on either foot. Plus, the straps form a figure-eight with this brace which is a good way to gain a lot of support. This brace is ideal for protecting your ankle from injury and assisting with the recovery process.
This ankle support is great for athletes or the active individual. It features an open-heel design which allows for more range of motion without loss of support for the ankle. The fabric also helps to increase blood flow to the area which accelerates the healing process. Perfect for wearing underneath socks, although a thin sock could also be worn under this brace. It depends on your preference.
FDA-approved and ready to rock and roll. We love compression! Plus, this brace is breathable and has a comfy feel. It's slimmer and fashioned in the style of a sleeve-brace. You just pull it on as you would a sock. (Works great when worn with socks too!) This is ideal for the more active individual who also could use some relief from plantar fasciitis.
Here are some tips to get the most out of using an ankle brace:
Don't let injuries get you down. A brace is a great way to support, stabilize and protect a sprained ankle. Some braces are a bit more supportive while others are designed to promote healing by minimizing swelling. Either way, there’s no best brace. There is only the brace that will work for you by addressing your unique needs. Consider compression sleeves at night and while lounging around to reduce swelling and apply pressure to my sprained ankle and the use of a strong, firm, and ultra-supportive brace when walking around or participating in more rigorous activities. However, your body is unique to you, and only you and your physician or therapist know what’s best. Take your time, do some research, and find the brace that will work for you. We’ve selected a variety of options that offer a lot in terms of addressing different needs.
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