Best Ankle Brace
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James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specializes in foot & ankle injuries. james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com
A lace-up ankle brace is an excellent solution for an unstable ankle, repetitive ankle sprains, or a preventative measure when playing sport. A lace up ankle brace is one of the most popular forms of ankle braces as it is robust, doesn’t loosen with activity and easily tightens around different shaped ankles.
We recommend lace up braces for our patients who play change of direction sports such as basketball, football and tennis. While it is helpful for sports such as running, some people find it too obtrusive.
The best type of lace up ankle brace should have a speed lace up system and figure 8 strapping to allow the correct positioning of the ankle joint within the brace. This helps to tilt the subtalar joint into the optimal position to shorten painful tendons or ligaments. There should be an element of cushioning so the brace does not cut into the skin when running or changing direction.
In this article, we have listed our three favourite lace up ankle braces that we recommend to our patients.