Ankle Brace – Slip On
Knitted elastic ankle binder has open toe and heel. Provides intermediate compression and helps keep swelling to a minimum. Also used following cast removal. Measure ankle at widest point for proper sizing. Beige.
Small (7″ – 8″)
Medium (8 1/4″ – 9″)
Large (9 1/4″ – 10″)
Extra Large (10 1/4″ – 11 1/4″)
1 Per Pkg
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between ankle taping and bracing?
The concept of ankle bracing evolved from ankle taping.
Braces are presently being used instead of traditional taping by many athletes at all levels of competition. Ankle braces are self-applied, reusable, and re-adjustable. In the long run, braces are likely more cost-effective than taping. Disadvantages of bracing include the fact that many athletes feel less comfortable or stable when wearing braces than they do when the ankle is taped. Braces also may tear and require replacement.
Another disadvantage to ankle taping is you can’t self-apply it, hence you can’t remove and reapply when it causes discomfort. Taping may also cause skin inflammation and sores.
Some athletes find ankle tape more comfortable and stable than ankle braces, however.
Is ankle taping and bracing effective?
Many studies have shown that braces are slightly more effective than taping, but that both were better than no support. Both have been found to effectively reduce range of motion, reduce the risk of injuries, or help heal ankle injuries that have occurred. They are also beneficial during rehabilitation after major ankle injuries when patients begin physical activities again.
Studies have shown that simply wearing high-top instead of low-top shoes prevented some ankle injuries, while wearing high-top shoes plus taping led to more than 50% fewer injuries than in test groups wearing low-top shoes plus taping.
What Do Ankle Supports and Braces Do?
Ankle supports and ankle braces both protect ankle health, but they do this in different ways. Generally, ankle supports prevent injuries while ankle braces are designed to treat them. There can be some overlap, with some ankle braces offering more versatile use. Because of this distinction, it is recommended you always consult a doctor before selecting an ankle brace or if you suspect you have an ankle injury.
What can help after an ankle injury?
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, ankle braces 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.
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 an ankle brace 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.