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Why Do I Need This Ankle Brace for Sprains & PTTD?
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 your ankle does not move past its normal range of motion.
When participating in many sports, athletes are constantly jumping, twisting, and moving from side to side very quickly. These repetitive motions tend to happen quickly, causing sprains or other injuries to your ankle. This brace can help athletes recover from those sprains and strains, but it can also help prevent these injuries as well.
In addition to sprains, this ankle stabilizer splint can also help you manage posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). Posterior tibial tendonitis is a condition caused by changes in the tendon, impairing its ability to support your foot arch. This condition results in flat feet, causing your foot and toes to turn outward and your ankle to roll inward, which can eventually lead to eversion ankle sprains. Fortunately, this hinged ankle support has a non-bulky, semi-rigid shell to help keep your ankle from rolling in or out, protecting against pronation and supination movements while allowing normal ankle function.
Twisted, Rolled, Sprained, or Fractured Ankle: What’s the Difference?
The difference between a fractured ankle and a sprained ankle is that a break, crack, or chip in your bone is necessary to have a broken ankle. A sprained ankle refers to a torn ligament.
In severe cases, both an ankle fracture and sprain can occur at the same time. This can happen in several ways:
- Rolling your ankle
- Extreme flexing or hyperextending of your ankle joint
- Twisting your ankle side to side
- Severe force applied to your ankle joint caused by jumping down from a high level
Normally, you won't need to visit the doctor with a minor ankle sprain. In most cases, an ankle sprain can be treated via conservative treatments, such as taking over-the-counter medicine, engaging in physical therapy to improve the flexibility, strength, range of motion, and balance of the ankle once the swelling has subsided, and wearing some sort of ankle support to prevent reinjury.
Make sure to call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms of a severe ankle sprain or fracture:
- Ankle is misshapen beyond normal swelling
- You heard a crack or noise when the injury occurred
- Pain is uncontrolled despite use of over the counter medication
- You’re unable to walk without severe pain or wiggle your toes
- Your ankle is not improving after several days
Ask your doctor about using this stabilizer for a mild sprain or weak ankle recovery. In severe cases, he or she may recommend a walking boot, cast, or surgery.
5 Reasons Why People Love This Ankle Brace for Shoes
Anatomically-Contoured Footplate Provides Comfortable Support
This stirrup for bad ankles has an anatomically designed footplate, which is specific to the right or left foot to maximize user comfort and ankle stability. The footplate is contoured to the shape of your foot so that it supports the arch. The neutral arch position also encourages speedy healing of the soft tissues in your ankle or foot.
Rigid, Plastic Shell Offers Extra Protection Against Ankle Supination & Pronation
The thin plastic shell offers maximum support and protection, withstanding the impacts and demands of competitive play, so you can play without fear of ankle inversion (supination) and eversion (pronation) sprains or reinjury.
Bilateral Hinges Promote Natural, Non-Restricted Up & Down Movement
Bilateral hinges offer control of the first ray, midtarsal, and subtalar joints, while still allowing for free and easy up / down movement (dorsiflexion and plantar flexion), so you can continue running and playing your favorite sports, such as volleyball, basketball, football, cheerleading, soccer, and more, without restriction. Check out more ankle stirrups and hinged ankle braces.
Adjustment Straps & Neoprene Padding Provide a Comfortable, Custom Fit
Premium-grade neoprene padding provides a more comfortable fit and improved durability compared to the foam pads found in other hard braces. The medical-grade fastener straps are 10 times stronger than standard, retail-grade fastener for a secure fit and all-day support.
Low-Profile, Lightweight Stabilizer Fits Easily into Most Laced Shoes
Designed without excess weight and bulk, allowing the low-profile ankle brace to fit inside most tennis or laced shoes. Its open-heel design improves the fit, helping prevent pinching and discomfort often associated with closed-heel ankle braces and lace-up ankle guards.
What’s the Difference Between an AFO for Foot Drop & This Hinged Ankle Stabilizer?
The goal of an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) is to stabilize your foot and ankle, preventing plantar flexion and providing toe clearance while walking to correct foot drop. Similar to the Arizona and Richie types of braces, our articulated ankle stabilizer is intended to prevent sideways movement, while still allowing for dorsiflexion and plantar flexion.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Rigid Ankle Support for Sprains
- What conditions / injuries does this rigid ankle brace treat? Designed to provide gentle ankle immobilization and protection from ligament damage, sprains, rolls, instabilities, PTTD, peroneal tendonitis, and arthritis.
- How does it work? The hinged ankle support provides maximum support and rigidity to stabilize your ankle and prevent sideways movement.
- Who can wear this brace? Fits a wide variety of adult men and women, as well as some teenagers and kids.
- What size should I get? View our sizing graphic in the images above.
- When should I wear it? Wear anytime to promote ankle stability and prevent further injury while participating in sports or normal movements, such as driving. Ask your doctor before wearing this brace while sleeping.
- What is it made of? This brace is made of polypropylene plastic shell, padded neoprene lining, and spandex / nylon blended straps. All components are latex free.
- How tall is this ankle? About 10.5”.
- How do I put it on? Apply comfortable absorbent sock, ideally calf-height. Loosen fastener straps. Position footplate inside sneaker or lace-up shoe. Slip foot through brace and into shoe. Tighten front and back straps to secure. If shoe has removable insole, place footplate under for additional comfort.
- Washing Instructions: Remove padded liner from ankle brace. Hand wash liner in warm water with mild soap. Allow liner to air dry completely before reapplying. Wipe plastic shell with a damp cloth.
- Other features:
- Natural, non-invasive fix for many sources of ankle pain
- Polypropylene uprights provide lightweight protection without sacrificing support
- Open-heel design prevents pinching and discomfort
- Color: Black.
Went to urgent care bc I think I have a hairline fracture about 8 xrays later they can’t see anything but waiting on radiology report. They gave me this. Every time I try to stand I curse due to the pain. Not sure if I’m suppose to sleep in it due to I get up at night.
I need an ankle replacment,and am not a good fit for one. I have to wear an ankle brace for any walking. The first thing in the morning I put it on,and before bed I remove it. This brace gives me the most ankle movement of any I have USED,AS WELL AS THE BEST SUPPORT AND CONTROL WITHOUT DIGGING IN ANYWHERE. No one knows that I even have a problem as this brace lets me walk without any sign of a problem,and at days end its just as comfortable as when I put it on. Im trying to buy a couple more before they are gone but they are sold out.
These are very strong, lightweight, and comfortable in shoes. They have given me mobility where I could not walk without them. Much better comfort and value over custom brace I have.