This ankle stirrup splint features an air chamber design that pairs an air pump with closed cell foam material to support an unstable or sprained ankle. The brace includes an air pump so one can use it to inflate the air chambers. Be sure to not over inflate the brace, the proper level should be approximately ¼”. The pneumatic air pump allows one to provide a customized level of compression to the injured ankle, which can help reduce swelling and inflammation. This, in turn, allows discomfort to diminish and healing to take place.
The foam material helps to provide compression and comfortable support. There is extra foam material near the ankle to provide maximum comfort to the injured ankle. The combination of the air bladder and foam material helps to provide comfortable support as well as compression.
The anatomically contoured outer shell of the air ankle brace adds stability as well. This shell is universal so it can fit either the left or the right ankle for most people. The stirrup design of this ankle brace also provides for fairly minimal bulk relative to other ankle supports. See more ankle stirrup braces.
The brace is also highly adjustable for an optimized fit. The heel pad, vertical side straps and swivel straps can all be easily adjusted with Veclro straps.
This pneumatic ankle support also protects against inversion and eversion movements, which can cause additional damage to sprained ankle ligaments. Many basketball and volleyball players wear ankle stirrups while playing to keep their ankles stable, prevent rolling or twisting, and to protect the ankle joint if a previous sprain has occurred.
An ankle sprain is a common injury, with an estimated 25,000 injuries occurring each day, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. A roll, twist or awkward turn of the ankle can either tear or stretch the ligaments of the ankle that are needed for stabilizing the joints and making sure the ankle does not move past its normal range of motion.
In most cases an ankle sprain can be treated via conservative treatments, such as taking over-the-counter pain killers, engaging in physical therapy to improve the strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance of the ankle once the swelling has subsided and wearing some sort of ankle support to prevent one from re-injuring the ankle when one gets back to normal activity of sports. Following an ankle sprain, some individuals do not make a full recovery if the ligament healed in a lengthened position. Or the interaction of the bones with the surrounding muscles and ligaments might be compromised. When this occurs, the ankle is more prone to additional strains and "giving out."
Initial steps for remedying ankle instability often involves engaging in strength exercises aiming at enabling other muscles to compensate for the instability created by the loose ligament(s). This is often done in conjunction with ankle taping or the use of an ankle support, such as an ankle stirrup. Unfortunately, this is not always enough to repair the injury. In such instances, surgery may be considered. Following surgery, one will need to wear a plaster splint, followed by a cast or a walking boot.Another situation where an ankle stirrup may be useful is in a stable fracture to the ankle or foot where nothing is out of place. This is contingent upon whether a doctor determines weight bearing is allowed as well as the location of the break.
Stirrup ankle braces can help with instances of chronic or acute instability as well as ankle sprains ranging from mild to moderate severity. This particular air cast stirrup ankle brace also helps with ankle swelling that typically coincides with such injuries.
In terms of treating instability and sprains, this ankle brace with air chambers provides stabilizing support and protects the vulnerable ankle against inversion and eversion motions that can cause further damage.
Treatment of an injured ankle typically involves icing it and applying compression to reduce edema, or swelling, of the ankle. This BraceAbility stirrup brace for ankles meets one's compression needs with its pneumatic air pump component.
This BraceAbility stirrup ankle brace is universally sized and 10 inches tall. It can be used to treat ankle sprains of various parts of the ankle, including high ankle sprains.
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