Össur Ankle Supports
How does it work?
What is an ankle support?
An ankle support is typically worn post injury, rather than as a preventative measure. There are different designs available on the market depending on the nature of the condition you wish to manage, from a sprained ankle to ligament damage. An ankle support can be further categorised as one which can be worn during an activity and one which restricts movement in order to provide maximum protection.
Ankle injuries explained
A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries we can encounter, with the likelihood that you will have at least one in your lifetime, following anything from a slipping on the ice in the winter, tripping when outside or through playing sport. Regardless of the cause of the injury the most important thing to remember and to focus on is your recovery, ensuring you return stronger than before.
The severity of your ankle injury will dictate the type of treatment required which can include some or all of rest, physiotherapy, the use of an ankle support and surgery. If you are unsure as to the extent of an injury you should speak with a clinical professional.
In the immediate aftermath of an injury it is important to adopt the RICE principles in Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation in order to minimise the damage sustained and give yourself the best chance of a speedy recovery. Whilst it may sometimes be tempting to continue and push through the pain it can lead to further injuries resulting in a longer period of recovery.
A sports brace allows a patient to continue an activity following an injury, designed to offer compression to the affected area which can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Manufactured from compressive and breathable material they allow the skin to breathe whilst keeping the compression focused on the affected region so that you are able to remain active for longer.
Following a sprained ankle you may wish to opt for a compressive based ankle support to help manage any swelling experienced. For more serious injuries you may consider a ligament support which works to offer the stability lost as a result of the initial injury. This is typically achieved through external strapping on the ankle support which works as an external ligament..
As the name suggests the night splint is to be worn at night and is typically associated with conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis and lower extremity overuse injuries. Typically the foot and ankle will sit in a rigid shell lined with padding for comfort and protection. The night splint then allows gentle stretching of the plantar fascia and achilles tendon to allow effective treatment for the aforementioned conditions.
Which support should I buy?
As there are numerous options on the market it is essential to obtain a professional diagnosis in the first instance so that you are able to select the brace which will offer the greatest set of benefits for the condition you wish to manage.
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