Don’t let an ankle injury slow down your soccer season this year. Strap on one of these soccer ankle braces and you’ll be less likely to find yourself on the bench with a sprained ankle.
Wearing a knee brace during football practice and games can help prevent football knee injuries. There are a variety of knee braces available and it can be a daunting task finding the knee brace that is right for your needs. To help simplify the decision process, check out this article on the best knee braces for football players.
Choosing a custom fit knee brace ensures your brace provides maximum support and protection in the areas you need it the most. If you’re in an environment where performing at your best is the only option, you’ll find a custom knee brace is worth the investment.
We are often asked about the importance of wearing an ankle brace or ankle support for tennis or other court sports. There are usually two groups of people:
1. Those that have never sprained their ankle
2. Those that have sprained their ankle in the past
For those of you in the group that have never sprained your ankle the only reason you’d consider wearing an ankle brace is for prevention. So is worth strapping on an ankle brace just as a precautionary measure? To you I say yes. It only takes one ankle sprain to make you more suceptable to ankle sprains in the future. In other words, the more you sprain your ankle the more you will sprain your ankle.
Now that you are aware of how common ankle sprains are, you should be convinced you might want to get a pair of ankle braces. Note we recommend wearing braces on both ankles even if you only have issues in one of them. You want to be balanced and protect your good ankle as well.
So which ankle brace is best for tennis?
All around ankle stability:
Aircast A60 Ankle Brace – Worn by pro Andrew Murray – Lightweight, good stability, slim fit
DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace – Lightweight, good stability, slim fit – very similar to if not a tad better than the popular ASO ankle brace used by a lot of tennis players.
Kallassy Ankle Brace -Worn by a lot of pros including Michael Chang – Made from a sock of neoprene, but very comfortable. Similar feeling to an athletic tape job.
For Extra ankle stability –
DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace – This brace is truly the sturdiest brace on most comfortable brace on the market. It is a bit bulkier than some fo the softer braces listed above, but slimmer than all the other hard shell ankle braces on the market. If you are suceptable to ankle injuries you need this brace – DonJoy did a great job on this one.
Foot orthoses provide knee pain relief in study
Prefabricated foot orthoses are superior to flat inserts in the short-term improvement of patellofemoral pain, according to a randomized clinical trial conducted at the University of Queensland’s School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences in Brisbane, Australia. The study was published in the British Medical Journal.1
The four study test groups included those using Vasyli Medical foot orthoses, those wearing the flat inserts (placebo), those undergoing multimodal physiotherapy, and those using a combination of physiotherapy and foot orthoses. Participating in the study were 179 subjects, aged 18 to 40, who had clinical diagnoses of patellofemoral pain.
Subjects were evaluated over a 52-week period and all groups showed long-term improvement in patellofemoral pain management with no significant differences. At six weeks, the group using the Vasyli Medical foot orthoses experienced superior levels of knee pain relief when compared with the placebo group using flat inserts.
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1 Foot orthoses and physiotherapy in the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome: randomised clinical trial
Natalie Collins, PhD candidate,1 Kay Crossley, principal research fellow,2 Elaine Beller, director, biostatistics,3 Ross Darnell, statistician,1 Thomas McPoil, regents professor,4 and Bill Vicenzino, head of division, physiotherapy1