Ankle Braces & Foot Supports
Ankle Braces Key Benefits
Foot Supports Key Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What does an ankle brace help with?
A: Ankle support braces serve as external support to limit motion and provide general support for the region. This reduces injury and strain. Many users also benefit form arch supports, such as Pedifix's Visco-Gel Arch Support.
Q: Is it OK to wear an ankle brace all day?
A: Wearing an ankle brace or support all day may eventually lead to the weakening of the muscles and tendons. While it provides great support, an ankle brace reduces overall use of the muscles.
Q: What is the difference between an ankle brace and support?
A: Ankle supports and ankle braces both protect ankle health but in different ways. Ankle supports are used to prevent injuries while ankle braces are designed to treat them.
Q: Who should use ankle braces and foot supports?
A: Many people can benefit from using ankle braces and foot supports. Ankle supports are a great option for athletes or avid exercisers. They help avoid future injuries while providing support. Ankle braces, on the other hand, are commonly used post-injury and can help facilitate the healing process.
Q: Is a sock worn over or under an ankle brace?
A: Depending on the product, ankle supports may be worn over or under the sock. Most often, ankle supports are worn under the sock in order to achieve the highest level of compression and support.
Q: Do ankle braces still allow the individual to walk?
A: Different foot braces and ankle straps have various levels of support and mobility reduction. Some provide minimal support for fast-paced activity while others may have a full mobility reduction for optimal healing. Typical support braces are designed for active use while healing-focused ankle braces are made to halt mobility.
Q: How does one tell if an ankle injury is serious?
A: A doctor should be contacted if the injury is showing signs of significant swelling, bone misalignment, severe pain, tenderness, inability to walk, change in skin color, numbness, or bleeding. Not every injury is the same and it is up to the individual's discretion to decide what steps should be taken after an injury.
Manuals and Documents
Lateral Ankle Sprain Treatment and Prevention (4:00 minutes)