If your ankle hurts when running or walking, an ankle support is what you need. Shown below are the top three ankle braces or supports to stabilize your ankle when running, playing basketball, soccer, or other sports, or if you just need support for a weak ankle for everyday walking.
Zensah Ankle Support
Made of Zensah fabric which is an innovation blend of nylon and spandex, the Zensah ankle support is not only lightweight and breathable, but also provides exceptional moisture control. Your foot will stay dry no matter how intense your workout or sports activity.
Targeted compression in the ankle area serves to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and aid in healing ankle injuries.
An added benefit of the Zensah ankle support brace is pain relief for sufferers of plantar fasciitis, as the brace compresses the plantar fascia ligament.
Bracoo Ankle Support
Take a look at the open heel design of the Bracoo Ankle Support. This design provides for a greater range of motion while still protecting your ankle and providing the stabilization you need.
Made of breathable neoprene, this outstanding Bracoo product is adjustable so you can get the exact fit you need around the arch area and ankle. Many reviewers report it’s so comfortable they practically forget they have it on.
This brace is ideal for tendonitis, ankle injuries, or just weak ankles that need support if you are on your feet for long periods of time.
ASO Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis
If you prefer a figure 8 ankle brace, the ASO Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis is the brace for you.
A favorite among coaches and trainers in both college and professional sports, the ASO ankle stabilizing orthosis is made of a lightweight Cool-Flex material that is also highly durable and strong. An elastic cuff closure provides extra security for the stabilizing straps and the laces.
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Ankle Pain While Running
Ankle pain while running can be caused by several factors.
The most obvious reason for ankle pain when and after running, or when playing any kind of sport, is an ankle sprain. Inversion sprains are the most common kind of ankle sprain that people suffer who play high impact sports that put a lot of pressure on the feet.
An inversion sprain happens when the ankle rolls inward too much (overpronates) when walking or running. Many people have a tendency to overpronate, which can cause damage to ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. The ligament most often affected is the anterior talofibular ligament. The injury can range from minimal with just a little tenderness to severe. A severe injury prohibits any weight bearing on the foot. Medical attention is required, along with a period of rehabilitation.
Another problem that afflicts runners is achilles tendinitis. The achilles tendon is the band that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. When injury or increased stress to this tendon occurs, ankle pain is one the the results. Sudden movement or an abrupt increase in stress to the foot and lower leg can cause injury to the achilles tendon. A runner who decides to go for a harder or longer run than usual without an appropriate period of warming up or training can find himself suddenly limping in pain from a stressed achilles tendon.
Exercises that increase the mobility of the ankle and foot can make a lot of difference for runners in terms of decreasing the risk of ankle injuries. Specifically, taking the time to do repetitions of slow, circular movements of the ankle, both clockwise and counter-clockwise, is highly encouraged.
Finally, it must be noted that new runners sometimes make the mistake of not wearing shoes with appropriate support. In their enthusiasm to get started on making running part of their new routine, the important step of acquiring quality running shoes may take a back seat. It’s not uncommon for a person new to running to think the comfortable sneakers they’ve been wearing for everyday wear will be just fine, at least until they are running for longer period of time. This is a mistake; running at any stage of experience creates a lot of stress on the feet. Wearing good shoes designed specifically for running is important from the get-go.
Ankle supports for runners, like the ones shown at the top of this page, serve to stabilize the ankle so the risk of ankle pain is minimized. If running or other high impact sports are part of your daily life, it’s very possible that at some point you will need a good ankle support.
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