Hilda, thank you for the wonderful review on our Ankle Cold Brace. We are happy to hear that it is working out so great for you! Thank you for being a Vive Health Customer!
-Rebecca, Vive Health CS-
Challenge To Insert Ice Packs
I like the concept of this brace, but there are two problems. First, the three cold/hot packs are inserted or removed through individual small holes into their respective pockets. Although the gel packs don't freeze solid, it is difficult to insert them into those pockets. The time it takes to insert (stuff and align) them is less time that they are cold for their intended purpose. The openings to the pockets should be larger. The second problem is that we should be able to purchase a second set of the gel packs to be able to keep two sets in the freezer for a longer cold therapy treatment or to do two ankles back-to-back in the same session (sharing the one brace). The FAQ acknowledges it takes at least 2 hours in the freezer to chill the packs. The second set should be an option to add at the time of purchase. Also the (current) FAQ list says to 'handle the hot packs with tongs' in answer to freezing the packs.
Bill, we appreciate you taking the time and leaving such great feedback. We are going to let the products team know all of your suggestions. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are happy to have you as a Vive Health Customer!
-Rebecca, Vive Health CS-
What is the ankle brace made of?
The brace is fabricated from sturdy neoprene fabric that is machine washable with hook and loop fasteners and 3 removable gel packs.
How is the ankle brace fastened?
The dual straps feature a hook and loop fastening material that is very strong and will not slip.
How do I put on the ankle brace?
It’s very easy. First, insert the gel packs into corresponding pockets. Lay the brace flat, place your heel on the opening and wrap hook and loop fastening straps around your calf. Adjust as needed.
What size should I order?
The ankle brace is universally sized and completely adjustable. It will fit most adults.
Can kids wear the ankle brace?
Yes, the universal size and adjustable straps mean that the brace will fit most older children.
Will I sweat in the ankle brace?
No, the brace is fabricated from lightweight neoprene fabric that is breathable and will help to keep your skin cool.
Will the ankle brace help relieve pain from arthritis?
Yes, the support and compression therapy offered from this brace will soothe ankle pain caused by arthritis.
Will the ankle brace help relieve swelling from a sprain?
Yes, the hot/cold therapy offered from this brace will soothe swelling caused by sprains and other injuries.
Can I use the ankle brace to ice my foot?
Yes, the three removable gel packs can be frozen and then inserted into the brace to become a very effective method to ice your ankle, arch or foot.
Will the ankle brace help support weak ankles?
Yes, the adjustable support and compression therapy offered from this brace will provide stability to weak ankles.
Will the ankle brace help keep me from injury?
Yes, the adjustable support and compression therapy offered from this brace will provide extra ankle stability and support to reduce the risk of injury.
Can I wear the brace without the gel packs?
Yes, the compression therapy is just as effective with the gel packs removed.
Can I wear the ankle brace to bed?
Yes, the supportive brace is comfortable enough to wear at night. It is recommended to take the gel packs out of the brace before going to bed.
Can I wear a shoe with the ankle brace?
Yes, when the gel packs are not inserted, the brace is slim enough to wear with a shoe. It is not suitable to wear with shoes when the gel packs are inserted.
Can I wear the ankle brace while exercising?
Yes, when the gel packs are not inserted. The brace will limit ankle mobility to reduce risk of injury but still allow you to enjoy your favorite exercise or activity. It is recommended to take the gel packs out of the brace before exercising.
Is the ankle brace washable?
Yes, you may wash the brace in the washing machine in cold water and air dry. Make sure to remove the gel packs before washing.
Can I adjust the compression of the ankle brace?
Yes, the brace is completely customizable so that you can adjust the compression to your comfort level.
Will the compression stay in place even while I am active?
Yes, the fastening straps are very strong and will not slip even while you are moving.
Does the ankle brace include arch support?
No, there is no arch support in the brace.
Is the heel covered?
No, the heel is open in the ankle brace.
Is the ankle brace waterproof?
Yes, the neoprene brace is waterproof.
Can I wear the ankle brace on either leg?
Yes, the brace can be worn on either ankle.
Is the ankle brace latex free?
Yes, the brace is completely latex free.
Is the ankle brace soft?
Yes, the breathable neoprene will feel soft and comfortable on your skin.
How do I heat the gel packs?
There are two recommended ways to heat the gel packs. You can microwave the gel packs on HIGH for one minute or you can submerge the gel packs in boiling water for 30 seconds. Use tongs or a towel to handle the gel packs after heating and NEVER place the gel packs directly on your skin.
How long will the gel packs stay hot?
In general, each gel pack will stay hot for about 15 minutes when microwaved on HIGH for one minute or boiled for 30 seconds.
How do I cool the gel packs?
The gel packs should be placed flat in the freezer for two hours or more to use as a cold pack. Use tongs or a towel to handle the gel packs after heating and NEVER place the gel packs directly on your skin.
How long will the gel packs stay cold?
In general, each gel pack will stay cold for about 30 minutes when frozen for two hours.
Can I purchase additional gel packs for the ankle brace?
No, at this time Vive does not stock replacement gel packs.
Are the gel packs reusable?
Yes, the gel packs can be used over and over again.
Universal size - One Size Fits Most - Fits Right and Left Ankle
Only use the recommended methods of heating and cooling the gel packs
NEVER place the gel packs directly on your skin
Provides therapeutic compression and hold/cold therapy to reduce inflammation and pain caused by injury, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, or other conditions
13” x 12.5”
How to apply:
Insert gel packs into corresponding pockets
Lay brace flat, place your heel on the opening and wrap hook and loop fastening straps around your calf
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