FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I buy ankle braces and supports?
Allegromedical.com offers a complete selection of ankle support in our orthopedic products collection. We offer a wide variety of products including ankle braces, orthotics, supports, wraps, sleeves, and splints at the best prices guaranteed. Ask your doctor to recommend a specific type of ankle support and head over to our orthopedic supply store to find what you need.
Are ankle braces adjustable? How do I know which size ankle brace to buy?
Yes, ankle braces are generally adjustable. You can make them tighter or looser on your leg but usually, they are made for a specific shoe size or ankle circumference. So make sure to get the right one for your size. To find out the best size consult the size chart for the product that you are looking for.
When should I wear an ankle brace?
Ankle braces are worn for many purposes rehabilitation from an ankle injury or when recovering from a surgical procedure. As part of a current trend to avoid injury, athletes and other active people wear ankle supports on a regular basis. Recent studies have found that the practice of wearing ankle braces reduces the occurrence of acute ankle injuries. Ankle braces also have a long history of relieving pain from plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, arthritis, and other chronic foot problems.
How does an ankle brace work to reduce pain?
The ankle joint encompasses a number of muscles, ligaments, bones, and tendons. Together, these parts form an essential connection from the foot to the hip, allowing your lower body to efficiently perform under tremendous workload and impact. To reinforce naturally occurring internal support, an ankle training brace adds an extra layer of support by restricting specific movements, such as the inward turning of your foot that causes an ankle sprain or to provide resistance while the ankle heals from an injury.
What are the main differences between an ankle splint and an ankle brace?
While ankle braces are effective aids for injury prevention and recovery, ankle splints are short-term solutions to treat severely injured ankles by immobilizing and protecting the ankle joint, especially after surgery. Designed to reduce pain, spasming, swelling, and inflammation, ankle splints function like a cast but with more flexibility. Alternatively, ankle braces can be a lasting solution for many ankle problems including arthritis, tendonitis, and other ankle maladies. Depending on the specific need, there are a wide variety of ankle braces and splints like air casts, splints, Air-Stirrup braces, or ankle training braces.
Can I drive with an ankle brace?
Although there are no laws against it, driving while wearing an ankle brace or splint on your driving side is not a good idea for two critical reasons: Firstly, you might disrupt the healing process or cause more damage; and secondly, restricted ankle movement could slow your response time potentially leading to a severe accident. Research has shown that an immobilized ankle takes longer to execute the breaking action.
How tight should an ankle brace be?
An ankle support, brace, or splint should be tight enough to restrict movement without disrupting circulation. Once secured, test whether you have proper circulation by pinching the nail on your big toe. If the color returns, your circulation is fine.
MEDICAL ADVICE DISCLAIMER
The information, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, charts, and any other material on this site, is intended for informational purposes only and does not take the place of medical guidance provided by your physician. No information on this site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult a qualified medical professional about your condition or circumstances before undertaking a new healthcare regimen.