Key Features of Sleeve for Ankle Pain Relief
The compression and stabilization this lightweight ankle sleeve provides make it perfect for a ton of different ankle and foot injuries. You can use the sleeve for a few days or weeks to treat an ankle sprain. Or you can wear it around-the-clock to keep chronic pain and swelling from an old injury or arthritis at bay.
Just a few of its more common uses include for:
- Mild ankle sprains
- Mild instability
- Ankle arthritis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle swelling or edema
- Chronic ankle or foot pain
- After surgery to the foot or ankle
It is also a great orthotic for a bit of extra support to the ankle as you transition out of a walking boot or cast.
You can also wear it underneath a more rigid ankle brace to help with swelling. Plus it keeps the orthotic from irritating your skin.
Advantages of an Ankle Compression Sleeve with Silicone Pads
The compression stocking is made of a knitted elastic material that is about as thick as a sock. The three-dimensional knit is breathable and durable, which helps it to hold up well to long-term use.
The soft ankle support compresses the ankle and foot, which boosts blood flow to whisk away inflammation and speed along healing.
And its two squishy silicone inserts massage the area around the bony knobs on either side of the ankle. Your own movement stimulates this massage action that soothes ankle pain.
The placement of these inserts is especially great for treating Achilles tendonitis since they massage either side of the tendon. (Heel cups can also work wonders for Achilles tendon pain.
These contoured inserts are sewn into the sleeve, so you do not have to worry about them shifting around or getting detached.
The sleeve for ankle sprains has a thicker band of stitching on both of its ends that help it stay put, even if you’re out for a run. And you do not have to worry about the soft ankle support stretching out.
This elastic ankle sleeve does contain latex, so if you have allergies to the material you should consider another product, such as this neoprene ankle wrap.
Usage Details on Lightweight Ankle Support
The sleeve for sprains comes in six different sizes that fit ankle circumferences ranging up to 11 3/8 inch. The ankle support is seven inches long and it leaves the toe area open.
It should be worn directly against the skin and it easily fits inside a shoe. If you want, you can also wear it underneath a sock.
Putting it on is as easy as sliding your foot into the compression sleeve and positioning it so the silicone inserts hug either side of the Achilles tendon area. The product’s tag should be at the top.
How a Compression Sleeve Can Help with Foot and Ankle Pain
Ankle injuries are fairly common complaints among people of all ages and activity levels. A bad turn, a missed step, pregnancy, a long day on the feet or even just the passage of time can lead to pain and swelling of the joint. And if left untreated, short-term problems can turn into long-term (chronic) discomfort.
This sleeve for the ankle is a simple solution for such aches and pains. Many users notice immediate pain relief after putting it on.
How does it work? Well, the knitted elastic material it’s made of compresses the ankle and foot, which boosts blood flow.
This helps swelling, which is often the source of pain, to go down more quickly. Plus the boost in blood and oxygen to the region speeds along healing.
The silicone inserts at the back of the ankle do the same but in a more targeted way. They zero in on the area around the bony knobs of the ankle that can be tough to compress.
The great thing is this takes no effort on your part outside of wearing the soft ankle brace.
Since swelling is the body’s response to injury, this means the support can help at some stage of treatment for just about every ankle or foot problem.
FAQs on Elastic Medical Ankle Support with Padding
- What conditions/injuries does this flexible ankle sleeve treat? It can help with a wide range of injuries to the foot or ankle, including (but not limited to) sprains, instability, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, swelling/edema, after surgery or as you transition out of a walking boot or cast. It also adds a thin layer of support for activities like riding a bike, golfing, dancing or hiking.
- How does it work? The sleeve compresses the foot and ankle, which helps control swelling and pain. And it includes two viscoelastic silicone inserts that curve around the two bony knobs on either side of the ankle. This provides targeted massage that brings down swelling in this hard-to-reach area.
- When should I wear it? How often you should use it depends on your injury. While some with arthritis use it all day and even at night to control swelling and pain, others put it on at the end of a long day on the feet or to stabilize an ankle after a sprain. Your best bet is to follow a doctor’s instructions.
- What is it made of? The seven-inch-long sleeve is made of a 3D knitted elastic material. The squishy inserts are a viscoelastic silicone. This product does contain latex.
- Who can wear this brace? People of all ages and sizes can wear this support. While the smallest size may work for children, the XXL sleeve fits adults with big ankles—up to 11 3/8 inches.
- How do I put it on? Simply slide your foot into the sleeve and position it so that the silicone inserts wrap around the back side of the bony protrusions on either side of the ankle. If you are in a lot of pain, do so carefully, using both hands to limit pressure as you slide it over the ankle. The tag should be at the top of the brace. The sleeve should be worn directly against the skin. You can put a sock and/or shoe over it.
- Other features:
- Its silicone inserts are stitched in place.
- The toe and forefoot area are open for breathability and added flexibility.
- Washing Instructions: Hand wash in lukewarm water with mild soap. Do not twist or wring out the sleeve. Reshape the support and lay it flat to air dry. Do not use high temperatures to wash or dry it. You should also avoid using bleach or petroleum-based ointments with this ankle/foot sleeve.
- Color: White, with a band of dark blue stitching on both ends.