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Last updated: 06/09/2023


by James McCormack

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How Do Ankle Braces Help?

Choosing the correct type of ankle brace can be confusing. There are hundreds of different types on the market, at varying price levels and with apparent levels of support. The purpose of this article is to provide you with some guidance on how to choose the right ankle brace for you.

Ankle Braces are most commonly used to protect ankles after injury, often for ankle sprains, but in certain sports, especially Basketball, they are used as a preventative tool. They can be used to offload certain aspects of the movement of the ankle, such as reducing inversion to prevent lateral ankle sprains or to offload the peroneal tendons. Rigid braces try to restrict movement in inversion and eversion, and these are more commonly used for post-surgical ankle support.

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What type of Ankle Brace Do I need?

There is no specific answer in relation to the specific supports for specific injuries. Some ankle supports fit different ankle and foot shape better while different stages of an injury can need more or less support. We have created a rough guide for you.


  • Grade 1 Ankle Sprains, support for day-to-day walking and hiking: Beskey Ankle Brace
  • Grade 1-2 Ankle Sprains, Peroneal Tendonitis, and Posterior Tibial Tendonitis: McDavid Ankle Brace
  • Grade 2 Lateral or Medial Ankle Sprain, moderate ankle instability, change of direction sports such as basketball or tennis: Aircast A60 Ankle Brace
  • Grade 3 ankle sprains, post-operative recovery, chronic ankle instability, ankle arthritis: Donjoy Pro Ankle Brace

Best Ankle Braces

Beskey Ankle Brace

  • Easy to apply neoprene wrap
  • Adjustable Tightness
  • One-size fits all
  • Soft and thin so it fits well inside a shoe
Buy Besky Ankle Brace

McDavid Stealth Ankle Brace

  • U-Shaped steel bar for lateral ankle support
  • Lace-up for stabilising the sub-talar joint
  • Flexible and breathable
  • Good for Basketball and Tennis
Buy McDavid Ankle Brace

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace

  • Stabiliser moulded at 60º ankle to reduce risk of ankle sprain
  • Easily fits into most sports footwear
  • Single wrap-around strap for ease
  • Lightweight
Buy Aircast Ankle Brace

DonJoy Pro Ankle Brace

  • Lace-up support
  • Figure 8 strapping
  • Removable Side Bars
  • Full circumferential strap to reduce the risk of high ankle sprains.
Buy Donjoy Ankle Brace

Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly.

Should I wear an ankle brace all day?

If you have an acute injury such as an ankle sprain or ankle tendonitis, then it is advised to wear an ankle brace all day. This protects the ankle from a sudden movement that can irritate the injury and facilitates a quicker recovery.

Does wearing an ankle brace weaken the ankle?

If an ankle brace is worn continuously for weeks then there is potential for the ankle muscles to weaken as they become dependent on the additional support provided by the ankle brace. In most cases, wearing an ankle brace for sport or an acute injury is unlikely to weaken the ankle muscles.

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