Ankle braces are almost always used to help heal an existing injury because they really do a good job there. But they are also used to stabilize weak joints and prevent injuries from even happening in the first place, just like some compression socks work. Ankle braces work by giving all the support they can to your joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and everything else in between that needs support. This is what prevents injuries and helps them heal faster. So, as you can see, ankle braces are good for both prevention and healing, as long as you get the right model for your needs, which is something we will discuss in great detail in the Model section.
Ankle braces were around for ages, but they started to become popular around the 1990s. The design of ankle braces is excellent, and you had to buy them only once every half a year to a year, as opposed to kinesiology tapes that were popular back then – you got through a roll of the tape quite fast and replacing it does nick your budget. There are plenty of ankle brace models on the market today which you can choose from, and they are all quite easy to use once you get the hang of it. These braces help you run better, they support you on the court, whether you’ re into basketball or volleyball or they just help you heal better. No brace will make injuries that manage to occur less severe though, they will only make the chances for the injury occurring in the first place slim. If you already suffered from an injury, and Ossur ankle brace will definitely get you back on track in no time, and so will the braces from other competitors, granted that the model is right.
But why should you use a brace in the first place, if your ankles are healthy? Your ankles are made out of the joint, the bones, ligaments, and tendons, and of course the muscles that power them up. These parts of the ankle all work in unison to propel you and help you walk, jump, run, and everything else that you may think of. These motions are then transferred to your knees and hips, and it makes up one smooth motion that you probably never even think about when you perform it. This is where the ankle brace comes in. The braces make these motions even smoother, and you will forget about them even more. Even healthy ankles are susceptible to ankle rolling, whether it be inward or outward rolling, and it’s important you stay protected when you exercise. Most ankle injuries happen because of inversion or rolling the foot towards the inside. Eversions happen if you roll your foot outward, and these injuries damage your muscles more. This is why before using your brace you need to think thoroughly about the model you will buy. Once you figure out what you need, just place the Ossur brace around your ankles and enjoy all the protection and helpful healing you can get!