Ossur Form Fit Ankle Brace w/Figure 8 Straps
The form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps is constructed using patented molding technology to create a “hybrid” between a stirrup and a soft ankle support. The stirrup shaped plastic exo-skeleton conforms intuitively to the anatomy and is molded directly onto a soft, breathable revolutionary fabric.
The result is a form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps product that combines the comfort and compression of a soft ankle support with 35% more support than traditional stirrups. (Based on tests using the Exoform Ankle with heel lock strap. The version without heel lock strap was 20% more supportive).
Indications for Use:
- Mild to moderate ankle sprains and strains (grade I and II)
- Post cast support
- Chronic ankle instability
- Prophylactic use
- Speed lacing hooks provide the option of a quick lace up
- Allows for normal plantar and dorsi flexion
- Lightweight and low profile design. Highly breathable, quick drying fabric reduces odors
- Figure-8 heel lock strap performs consistently, unlike taping that stretches over time
- Models: Available with and without Figure-8 heel lock strap
- To select the correct size measure the circumference at the ankle
***Formerly known as the Ossur Exoform Ankle Brace***
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the types of ankle bracing?
Braces generally come in two types, though small variations exist between various manufacturers. A healthcare professional would advise the ideal brace. One type of ankle braces is a nonrigid Form Fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps and resembles a thick canvas or nylon lace-up sock.
Some nonrigid braces are also made of neoprene. The nonrigid style provides compression to the ankle, may help in injury prevention, and provides stability.
The other type of ankle brace is the semirigid type. Its construction is similar to the nonrigid type but with the added feature of molded plastic struts or air cushions. These braces provide more stability and are often used during the rehabilitation following ankle injury.
Most nonrigid and semirigid braces also use fabric straps to simulate heel locks. These are usually on the outside of the brace and fastened with Velcro.
A common concern is that prolonged taping or bracing of the ankle may result in weak ankles that are more prone to injury, hence it is important to follow the instructions of usage from a healthcare professional.
When to use a Form Fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps?
Back in the early 1990s, ankle braces were starting to pop up more often on sports courts and playing fields due to improved designs and being less expensive than having an athlete’s ankle taped. Today, form fit ankle braces w/figure 8 straps are everywhere and available in many different designs, even sport-specific, with the goal of providing additional support following an injury or to prevent an ankle sprain from occurring in the first place.
Using a form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps to prevent ankle injuries is becoming more common, and I’m often asked by coaches, parents and athletes if wearing a form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps is worthwhile. Current research indicates that form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps use in high school-aged athletes lowers the incidence of acute ankle injuries, but not the severity. Form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps are not shown to reduce the severity of ankle, knee or other lower extremity injuries.
Ankle ligaments, muscle and tendon units and the bones of your ankle create the internal supports to keep your ankle safe. These internal supports are important links from your foot all the way up to your hip for ideal performance. Form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps serve as the external supports to limit certain motions, such as plantar flexion/inversion (movement at the ankle joint that points the foot downward away from the leg and turns the foot inward), and provide awareness of where your ankle joint is in space. For maximum effectiveness, form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps should fit comfortably in the shoes you wear during an activity, which also helps with brace use compliance.
After experiencing an ankle injury, it is important to consider rehabilitation as part of your treatment plan. Often, when an athlete still is having ankle pain or isn’t back to full function, it is because he or she hasn’t allowed for enough time to properly heal. Following an ankle injury, your provider may recommend rehabilitation services. Balance, range of motion, strength and endurance are important therapy and training factors that rehabilitation providers specialize in for recovery. Performing exercises as directed helps ensure a safe return to activity and lessens the likelihood for re-injury.
Keep in mind wearing a form fit ankle brace w/figure 8 straps is not a 100 percent cure-all or guarantee against injuries. Making an educated decision with your health care provider will help you determine if wearing an ankle brace is right for you.