Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries seen in sport, especially ball sports such as football and rugby.
Injury to an ankle usually involves the ligaments, which hold the bones of the foot together and the most commonly injured is the ATF (Anterior Talofibular Ligament), when the foot is turned under the weight of the body.
Following ankle sprain, it is likely that a weakness of these ligaments will remain. This is why correct rehabilitation and stability straining is vitally important.
Regardless of the intensity of the rehabilitation and treatment, for some, the ankle will be prone to repeat sprain and providing support for the ligaments may be necessary if the person is to continue his or her sport.
Sports shoes do not offer much room to accommodate an ankle support, so braces need to be as compact as possible whilst offering the support required.
Some of the most popular sports ankle braces on the market include:
Mueller Soccer Ankle Brace – Designed for speed and flexibility. High front cut leaves front of foot open for more foot movement and better ball control. Lightweight ankle brace fits either foot. A great football ankle support.
Mueller HG80 adjustable ankle support – Features the Mueller-exclusive HydraCinn™ fabric, Adjust-to-Fit side panels, anti-microbial, back-entry easy-on design, fully adjustable comfortable fit, fits left or right.
Mueller Pro Style AFT – The state-of-the-art ATF Ankle Braces feature the patented inner ATF strap to support the most commonly sprained ligament to virtually eliminates inversion sprains. The High Performance ATF is a custom fitted (left or right) brace that conforms to the arch of the foot for precise fit and no bulk. The PRO-LEVEL ATF w/Universal Fit has a redesigned inner ATF strap that self adjust to each individual foot for superior protection against inversion sprains.
McDavid Ankle Guard 196 Soccer – The 196 Soccer Laced Ankle Brace is specifically designed for soccer. It has a shortened forefoot which allows the contact crucial to good ball handling while providing ankle protection. Also featured are two layers of breathable polyester/vinyl mesh fabric with elastic inserts over the heel and tongue for comfort. Spring steel stays along the sides provide support. Ideal football ankle brace.
McDavid 199 lightweight – The 199 Lightweight Ankle Brace is one of the most popular laced ankle braces. It’s the favorite of athletes, trainers and coaches to replace tape and help prevent common injuries. Reduced-weight for better mobility and the poly/vinyl mesh fabric breathes for cooler comfort.
Features 2 layers of nylon/vinyl mesh fabric, spring steel stays, padded HydraVent hDc™ Moisture Management Technology lining, a ventilated tongue, and sewn-in arch support. Extremely durable and comfortable. Fits left or right ankle and most shoe styles.
Aircast AirSport Ankle Brace incorporates clinically proven Air-Stirrup® Ankle Brace features, such as a semi-rigid shell and aircells, to provide comfort and support. Additional compression and stabilization is provided by ATF (anterior talofibular) cross strap and integral forefoot and shin wraps. The unique “step-in” design (toes first inserted into the back of the brace) and automatic heel adjustment make the AirSport extremely fast and easy to put on, just: Step In, Strap Up, And Go!