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!

Best Custom Knee Brace – DonJoy Defiance III

DonJoy Defiance III
DonJoy Defiance III

The best knee brace protection you can get is through a custom knee brace. That being said, the DonJoy Defiance III Knee Brace is one of the best custom knee braces on the market. It’s worn by professional athletes on the NFL, the US Ski Team and even professional surfer Garrett McNamara. Other athletes who participate in high-impact sports can benefit from the protection of the DonJoy Defiance III.

The DonJoy Defiance III provides maximum support when you need it the most. When you purchase this knee brace, a DonJoy bracing expert will personally measure your knee so that the knee brace aligns perfectly to your body as you’re participating in sports. It comes with the latest in knee brace hinge technology that minimizes the amount of time your knee is at an “at risk” position and reduces your chances of ligament tears. The DonJoy Defiance III is strong, but lightweight – so it won’t get in your way while participating in activities.

If you’re looking for maximum knee protection with a custom knee brace, check out the DonJoy Defiance III Knee Brace today!

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 the best cold therapy products for the knee. It combines soothing cold with compression to help reduce pain, minimize swelling and increase blood flow for maximum healing. 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.

Aircast Brand for Ankle Braces and Cold Therapy

The Aircast brand is widely regarded in the sports therapy industry as the best ankle brace manufacturer in the world. Their ankle braces are known for improving the recovery time of ankle injuries because of their use of functional management. Functional management of ankle injuries allow the area to be used during everyday movement, but still protects the ankle from additional injury. Aircast ankle braces excel at this type of protection and for that reason Aircast has been a leading manufacturer of ankle braces for over 30 years.

Aircast is also known for its Cryo/Cuff cold therapy products. Cold therapy devices help to alleviate pain on affected areas of the body by providing soothing cold to numb away the aches. The Cryo/Cuff brand allows for extended hours of cold – much different from getting up and replacing an ice pack every 15 minutes. Aircast cold therapy products are often recommended by doctors after surgery. Check with your physician to see if Cryo/Cuff products are appropriate for your injury or situation.

Aircast also offers other sports therapy products for the knees, wrists, and elbows. Check out Aircast products today!

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.