If you have a sprained ankle or related conditions, your foot doctor may recommend an ankle brace to protect and support the joint. If you haven't worn an ankle brace before, there are some tips you should know before getting started. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this medical tool.
Ankle Brace FAQ
What can ankle braces be used for?
In addition to sprained ankles, a brace may be used to support the area during recovery from a number of minor ankle injuries. It can also provide protection during physical activity, minimizing the risk of strain.
What kinds of ankle braces are available?
The two main types of ankle brace are rigid and lace-up models. Rigid versions provide the most protection, but lace-up ankle braces are the most affordable option and still provide significant support.
How should I use my ankle brace?
Some ankle braces are designed to be worn directly on the foot or over a sock, while others go on over your shoe. In either case, the fit should be tight enough to limit mobility, but loose enough to allow full circulation. Your doctor will inform you how long to wear the brace each day, since it differs depending on your injury. You shouldn’t sleep in your ankle brace unless specifically instructed to do so.
Are there any risks or drawbacks to an ankle brace?
There is a common misconception that relying on a brace can cause your ankle to weaken over time, or that it protects your ankle at the expense of more frequent knee injuries. However, there is no evidence that either of these claims is correct.
If you have a sprained ankle and need care instructions or supplies, visit Progressive Foot Care in Midtown Manhattan. Serving all five boroughs, their experienced team offers care for conditions from athlete's foot to broken bones. They understand that the feet are the foundation of the body, and want to help you recover from any foot-related health problems so you can enjoy your best life. To make an appointment, call (212) 244-7670. Learn more about their services online or by watching this video.