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Dispelling Myths About Ankle Braces

Wearing ankle braces can help prevent injuries to the ankle joint and provide extra support when it’s needed. However, many people choose not to wear them because of pre-conceived notions about ankle braces. Here we dispel some of the greatest myths about ankle braces.

Myth #1: Ankle braces are uncomfortable.

Well-made ankle braces are actually very comfortable. Most people report that they barely notice they’re wearing them… and if they do notice it, they appreciate the added feeling of support. They are lined with soft material that helps keep away moisture and most of our Aircast and DonJoy ankle braces are also made with breathable material that keeps the foot cool.

Myth #2: Ankle braces are difficult to wear.

While this may be true for older models of ankle braces, most of the ankle braces offered at BetterBraces.com can be put on with just one hand! No laces or adjustment need to be made. Many of them can simply be put on with one or two Velcro tabs.

Myth #3: Ankle braces get in the way during sports.

Ankle braces designed for sports are actually very streamlined and shaped to the foot so that they won’t get in the way. Most of them are flexible, but still add support and stability to prevent the ankle roll over injuries that lead to injuries that bring you off the field. They also fit right in your regular shoes, so you can go about everyday business or sports with ease.

Myth #4: Ankle braces are expensive.

At BetterBraces.com we have many types of ankle braces so you can get one at a price you can comfortably afford. The value you get from peace of mind is well worth it… and may even help you avoid unnecessary doctors’ bills!

We hope this helps dispels some of the myths around ankle braces. Check out our wide selection of ankle braces today… for sports, everyday wear, chronic ankle instability, or even special ankle braces for specific conditions!

Featured Product: Aircast Knee Cryo/Cuff with Cooler

Aircast Knee Cryo/Cuff with Cooler
Aircast Knee Cryo/Cuff with Cooler

Knee injuries and knee surgery are two very common occurrences that can inhibit everyday movement. They also have long recovery times and can be very painful. One of the most effective ways to treat the pain is with cryotherapy (also known as cold therapy), which provides numbing cold to sooth away the pain.

The Aircast Knee Cryo/Cuff with Cooler is one of our cold therapy products for the knee. It combines soothing cold with compression. The Aircast Knee Cryo/Cuff allows for hours of uninterrupted cryotherapy without needing to replace ice packs every few minutes. It also controls the amount of cold on the affected area and allows for full coverage around the knee because of its anatomical design.

If you’ve recently injured your knee or are going to undergo knee surgery, speak with your doctor to see if the Aircast Knee Cryo/Cuff with Cooler is right for your situation.

ACL Injuries More Common Than We Think

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’ve been aware of ACL injuries for a long time, especially after playing high school basketball. Even though several of the girls on my team were taken out of the game for an entire season, I never experienced an ACL injury myself. I guess I thought ACL injuries happened to “weaker” people or individuals with bad bones. Little did I know that it has very little to do with that, and that 10 years in the future that I would experience my own ACL tear.

It’s taken a lot to help me realize how common ACL injuries are. Just a few months before I got hurt, one of the girls on my flag football team went down during practice. She simply took a sharp turn and tore her ACL from the movement. No contact with anyone. When I tore mine, I had a whole long list of “mentors” – ladies who had previously hurt their ACLs and gone through surgery. Wow! I had no idea so many people got hurt. I thought flag football was a low-injury sport.

Those aren’t the only cases of ACL tears I’ve heard of recently. Just last week I went to the eye doctor for a checkup. As it turns out, my optometrist had an ACL injury around the time that I did, and during the same sport – flag football.  For some reason that really stuck with me… and now I truly understand how common ACL tears are.

Wrist Injuries From Falling

One of the most common causes of wrist injuries is due to falling. Our natural reaction when falling is to brace the impact with our wrist. While this does reduce the force on the rest of the body, the brunt of the impact is taken on by our delicate wrist joint, leading to wrist sprains, fractures and even breaks.

If you participate in activities where there is risk of falling, then it’s important to learn the correct techniques for falling safely to protect yourself from injury. You can do this by wearing wrist braces that help absorb the impact of the fall. They also help stabilize the wrist after an injury and minimizes unnatural movement on the joint.

Here are a couple of our top maximum support wrist braces that can help minimize injury to the wrist:

DonJoy CXT and SXT Wrist Brace – One of the strongest and most durable wrist braces on the market and perfect for heavy-duty sports.

DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist Support – Great for general wrist injuries and is designed for everyday use.

Start protecting your wrists from fall injuries today!

Video: DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace for Sports

One of the most important things you can do for your knees during sports is to wear knee braces. They protect the area from injury and also provide extra support for rehabilitating knees. The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace is ideal for both contact and noncontact sports to stabilize the ligaments (such as the ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL) and cartilage (such as the meniscus) in the knee joint. Watch this video below to see how the DonJoy Playmaker can help you:

The DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace also comes in many materials and options so you can customize the brace for your needs. Check out the DonJoy Playmaker Knee Brace today!