What do you look for in an ankle brace?•The best braces completely surround the ankle and will have a method to adjust tightness. Typically they are adjusted with laces or Velcro and have supporting straps that wrap around the heel. •The ankle brace should provide coverage all the way up over the ankle bone. Low profile braces are more prone to twisting which is what you are trying to avoid. •Vertical protection on the sides of the ankle brace provides support and helps prevent the ankle from rolling over. The vertical protection could be stays made of plastic or light weight metal. It might also be a plastic shell or straps that are pulled upward and attached to the side of the ankle brace or a brace with a "figure 8" strapping system.
Ankle Brace Types:
Wrap Around Ankle Braces: Wrap around ankle braces usually are a long bandage which is wrapped around the ankle a number of times to provide compression and support.This type of brace is designed for injuries where compression is more important than lateral support. While it is convenient to use and can be tightened to individual preference, it doesn't provide much support.[caption id="attachment_1933" align="aligncenter" width="300"] LP Ankle Wrap[/caption] Neoprene Ankle Braces: Braces made of neoprene provide compression and heat retention. This retained heat increases the blood flow which may speed up healing. Neoprene ankle braces do not provide much lateral support unless they have incorporated wrap-around straps (highly recommended). Plain neoprene ankle braces are suitable for tendon injuries and overuse injuries where ankle instability is not an issue. I keep one of these ankle braces in my athletic bag for emergencies.
|[caption id="attachment_1948" align="aligncenter" width="175"] Mueller Adjustable Ankle Support[/caption]||[caption id="attachment_1950" align="aligncenter" width="175"] LP Ankle Support with Velcro Straps[/caption]|
|[caption id="attachment_1953" align="aligncenter" width="175"] McDavid Ankle Brace Lace-Up w/Inserts[/caption]||[caption id="attachment_1955" align="aligncenter" width="175"] McDavid Soccer Ankle Brace[/caption]|
|[caption id="attachment_1957" align="aligncenter" width="175"] McDavid Ankle X Brace[/caption]||[caption id="attachment_1958" align="aligncenter" width="175"] McDavid Ankle Support w/Straps and Stays[/caption]|