What is an ankle support?
The NHS experiences over 1.5 million admissions every year following sprained ankles, with men aged between 15 and 24 years old and women over 30 experiencing higher rates. Ankle injuries can result from any activity, with around half following a physical activity such as walking, running etc.
No two injuries are the same as we all manage them differently and our bodies recover at different times which is why your treatment should be tailored to your needs.
Ankle injuries can vary in severity, from a fairly minor strain or sprain through to a more serious sports injury that requires surgery. Following an injury to the ankle, it’s vital that the joint has the correct amount of support and protection. An ankle support can be used as part of your treatment programme to help speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of subsequent injury.
When recovering from an ankle injury, it’s important not to completely immobilise the joint. Once the pain has subsided you should start gentle exercises to improve mobility and strengthen the joint. In the early stages and when starting to play sport again, some form of support is beneficial.
Following any injury it is important stop what you are doing and follow the RICE principles in rest, ice, compression and elevation. The objective behind this is to limit the damage, allowing the body to begin healing and working to manage any inflammation.
Compression is one means of reducing inflammation which can in turn allow you to remain mobile for longer, with the use of an ankle support helping to achieve this. Products from companies such as BioSkin pride themselves on being able to offer performance based compression in their orthosis.
Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue connecting the bones within a joint, with any damage here affecting your ability to walk, run and jump due to a lack of stability in the joint. Following a tear or rupture surgery may be required, resulting in a lengthy spell on the sidelines followed by a period of physiotherapy to help rebuild strength in the joint.
A ligament ankle support is typically used on your return to mobility and can be worn when playing sport or in simply walking to the shops.
Following a bad sprain or a broken ankle there can be instability in the ankle joint with an increased risk of the ankle rolling when mobile and causing further injury. A rigid ankle support effectively prevents any rolling through the use of two plastic splints attached to either side of the ankle.
A walker boot, as the name suggests, is a rigid boot which completely protects the foot, ankle and lower leg whilst allowing you to remain mobile and walk. These are typically used following footballer’s metatarsal injuries or ankle injuries as they help to keep the foot and ankle in a rigid position and minimise the risk of further damage.
These boots are typically used post-surgery to offer greater protection to patients.
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