Ankle Brace

Ankle Brace

What Does an Ankle Brace Do?

An ankle brace is a removable device designed primarily to prevent ankle injury or to provide additional support after an injury. It is made up of stretchable fabric that regulates the mobility of the injured joint, so the muscles and tissues surrounding it heal faster.

Ankle braces have different types and purposes. The two main reasons why a person needs an ankle brace are:

Rehabilitation

After an ankle injury, the person might still be experiencing pain or may not have the full function of his or her ankle. Rehabilitation is important to avoid re-injury. During the treatment process, ankle braces work in two ways — 1) they limit ankle movement and 2) they provide pressure on the injured areas, helping the tissue to properly recover.

Prevention

An ankle-foot brace limits certain ankle movements that might cause injury. It also makes you aware of your ankle position. For maximum efficiency, an ankle brace should fit comfortably in the shoes you’re wearing.

Types of Ankle Braces

There are three types of ankle braces available in Pathway Physiotherapy Clinics:

Lace-Up Braces

A fabric-based ankle support brace that uses laces or Velcro to keep it in place. They are designed to provide mild ankle support during activities that do not require high-intensity movements.

Hinged Ankle Braces

An ankle brace that combines semi-rigid plastic with a wrap-around strap. It has a pivoting hinged that connects the bottom foot section on both sides of the ankle to the upright section with a strap. The design allows the wearer to move his or her ankle freely in an up and down motion while running or jumping.

Hinged Cuff Ankle Brace

This type of ankle brace support is either a semi-rigid brace or a flexible shell with straps. It has a similar design to the hinged ankle brace but with an addition of a cuff that wraps around the rear of the lower leg. These types of ankle braces prevent low ankle injuries caused by too much movement.

Still Have Ankle Brace Questions?

Getting an ankle brace is a big decision. That’s why you need to make sure it is right one for you. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about it. Our bracing experts at Pathway Physiotherapy are happy to connect with you and answer all your questions free of charge.

Give us a call now at (289) 460-3361, or visit our clinic for a consultation about your options.

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