Caring for a Sprained Ankle with the Aircast Air Stirrup

If you’ve suffered an ankle sprain, your doctor may recommend the Aircast Air Stirrup Ankle Brace because it’s one of the leading supports for recovery from ankle sprains.  It’s designed to help patients get back to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Check out the video below for some information on how to care for your sprained ankle using the Aircast Air Stirrup (it’s an older video, but still some great tips!) It’s a great watch, even if you’re using another ankle brace or if you don’t have an Aircast Air Stirrup Ankle Brace yet:

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Ankle Braces for Sports

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

I was keeping time for an ultimate frisbee tournament this weekend and I was surprised at the poor quality ankle supports and make-shift taping people were using. Like any sport with lots of running and quick turns, ultimate frisbee players put a lot of strain on the ankles. A rolled ankle or slip in the mud can lead to ankle sprains and tenderness… which no athlete wants.

I found myself suggesting that these players check out some of the ankle braces available on BetterBraces.com. Here are some of the bestselling ankle braces:

DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace – One of the best ankle braces on the market – provides maximum support and like-custom comfort.

Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace – Ideal for ankle protection during all types of physical activity.

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace (also available in white) – Protects your ankles at their weakest point to help prevent ankle rollovers and ankle sprains.

DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace – A more consistent and effective alternative to ankle taping.

One of the most important things I suggest to people is to make sure you protect your joints during physical activity. I’ve personally witnessed so many unexpected injuries that might have been prevented with a bit of protection.

P.S. Always check with your doctor when treating injuries so they can determine the best solution for your situation.

Ultimate Frisbee Ankle Injuries

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

A few months after tearing my ACL last year, I was asked to help referee an ultimate frisbee tournament for a charity. Luckily, they mostly only needed me to be a timekeeper as the games were mostly self-monitored between the players on the teams. Up until this point I had avoided attending sports events, because my overwhelming desire to play collided with my inability to play because of my injury. Well… I wasn’t the only one.

One notable event was the fact a friend of mine had hurt his ankle during ultimate frisbee practice the previous week. He did his best to rehabilitate his ankle during the week, but it was still bruised and slightly swollen during the tournament. He shoved it in a lace-up ankle brace in order to play, but during the tournament he ended up re-injuring his ankle and had to sit out for the last game.

Now that I’m more aware of how our actions can affect the joints in our body, I can’t help but wonder if his initial injury could have been avoided if he had worn ankle braces to help prevent the injury before it happened. Ankle braces help by adding stability to our ankle joint and can even help avert rollover injuries. Not only that, but some ankle braces, such as the Aircast Air-Stirrup Ankle Brace, can help ankle sprains recover faster.

Here are some ankle braces recommended for sports such as ultimate frisbee:

I’ve been recommending these braces to some of my friends who have ankle issues. They’re great for other sports too! I can speak from experience that it’s much better to do your best to prevent injuries rather than to look back with regret after being sidelined. Check with your doctor for the best treatment for your specific injury or situation.

Lower Leg Stress Fractures

Stress fractures of the lower leg typically occur due to overuse. The repeated pounding of your feet on hard surfaces can cause the shin bone, ankles, or feet to develop small cracks (fractures), causing pain and discomfort to the lower leg. Any activity that requires lots of running and strain on the foot may result in lower leg stress fractures, such as gymnastics or track and field. However, lower leg stress fractures may also affect people who have weaker bones.

Lower leg stress fractures are often misdiagnosed as shin splints. If you’re experiencing lower leg pain, check with your doctor to determine the cause of your discomfort. Here are some ways your physician may treat lower leg stress fractures.

  • Rest. Typically your leg will need 6 to 8 weeks to heal, during which you should avoid high impact activities. Swimming or biking may be good alternatives to your normal workout.
  • Wear a lower leg brace. Protective footwear such as the Aircast Leg Brace can help prevent re-injury to your leg. They guard the outside of the injured area while providing enough support to allow you to move around with minimal pain. We like the Aircast Leg Brace because it stabilizes the lower leg to prevent your bones from shifting around while they heal. Plus you can wear the Aircast Leg Brace with your regular shoes.
  • Eat healthy foods. Maintain a vitamin-rich diet during and after your injury to help strengthen your bones and to prevent future stress fractures.
  • Strength training. After your leg has completely healed, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to develop your strength back. Stronger muscles may also help prevent future lower leg stress fractures and in some cases it can decrease the loss of bone density.

As always, consult your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your situation.

Tips to Avoid Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries are very common especially in sports that require lots of jumping, running and turning. These types of activities increase the risk of rollover incidents, which can result in stretched or torn ligaments in the ankle (also known as ankle sprains). Here are some quick tips on how to help prevent ankle injuries.

  • Stretch your ankles, especially before or after sports and physical activities. Keeping your ligaments flexible and limber can help prevent them from being torn.
  • Be sure to warm up before exercising. You’re much less likely to hurt yourself during sports if your muscles are warmed up.
  • Strengthen the muscles around your ankle. Ankle exercises such as heel raises improve your ankle muscles, which keeps your ankle ligaments aligned correctly and reduces your chance of injury.
  • Wear ankle braces during sports and activities. They provide compression and support to give your ankles an added boost of strength and stability. They’re also ideal for people who have had previous ankle injuries. (Athletes who have injured their ankle previously have a high chance of re-injuring themselves in the future.)
  • Replace old shoes and other equipment if they are showing signs of wear and tear. Make sure your shoes give your foot arches proper support.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Your ankles and feet support your entire body, so losing weight may help reduce the strain on your ankles and improve your overall health.

These simple tips can help save your ankle from future injuries! If you experience ankle pain or think you might have injured your ankle, check with your doctor for the best treatment for your injury.