Reasons Foot Supports Are So Important If You're Into Sport

By Jenny Tai

Ankle braces are a great aid in preventing ankle sprains, especially if you're into playing high impact sports such as volleyball, basketball or football. Compared to elastic ankle tape, ankle brace provide better support for your ankle and reduce the risk of you twisting or rolling your ankles.

Go to any sporting health store and you will probably find a huge variety of different brands of ankle braces available. There are many models of foot supports available and each caters to specific types of ankle injuries that you might encounter.

The ankle brace supports are great as they're not only light and do not limit your ankle movements, they are also extremely comfortable to wear - your foot just feels really snug in it. While some braces on the market are designed for light exercise and walking, others offer even better protection - good for people who have recovered from torn ligaments in their lower leg. Once a ligament has been ripped, even after surgery you'll never get the same amount of stability you once had with the ankle.

Whether you have weak ankles or rolled your ankle pretty badly in the past, it is highly recommended that you wear an ankle cast if you intend to get back into your favorite sport. It's quite affordable these days anyway and you can pick one up cheaply online (expect to fork out around $200 for a pair of maximum protection ASO ankle brace sports braces).

It's important to avoid further injury caused by wearing inappropriate ankle supports. You will need to pick one that fits you like a glove in order for it to be affective.

Choosing the right brace will depend on your circumstance: have you recently twisted your ankle badly? Have you torn a ligament and had reconstructive surgery? If both the above are true, you need to get advise on the most appropriate foot wear from your doctor first.


The only way to really select the right model is to go down to the shop and actually test each one out. You might be required to bring along a new pair of socks to put on before trying out the brace due to hygiene reasons.

A final word of caution: after you get your brace and put it on, give yourself a few days to get accustomed to it as initially it might feel a little uncomfortable. At the same time, go slow and don't over-exert yourself in your sporting activity until you get a feel for the amount of support you're going to get from the ankle brace. - 31494

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