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An injury to the foot or ankle is very common with up to 1.5 million visits to A&E each year being attributed to ankle injuries.
There are three different grades of injury that can determine which ankle support you need and what might be suitable. A grade one sprain is where there is a mild stretch of the ligaments resulting in swelling and whilst painful you should see signs of healing following a few days of rest. A grade two is where there is a tear to the ligament which will result in inflammation and compromise stability. A grade three involves a complete rupture of the ligament, the result being instability of the joint and potentially a lengthy recovery period.
They are effectively the same thing. They are both designed to manage injuries relating to the ankle though typically a brace is seen as being more clinical, perhaps for immobilisation, whereas a support is to help you when active.
To make selecting a brace easier we’ve introduced a support level filter, allowing you to narrow your search for an ankle support based on the level of support you need.
Low: An ankle support offering a low level of support is designed for mild sprains, with the main focus typically being on the application of compression to help manage inflammation and swelling.
Low to Moderate: Where there is instability in the joint a strap based low to moderate level of support may be used. Rigid supports are also available to minimise the risk of the ankle rolling / sideways movement when mobile.
Moderate to High: Form Fit offer a laced up ankle support to offer compression and stability, with the figure of 8 strap version working as an external ligament to offer an additional level of stability following a grade one or two injury by providing a moderate to high level of support.
High: Where there is a requirement to control the movement of the joint and prevent or treat sprains whilst remaining active then an ankle support offering a high level of support should be worn, with the multiple strap design of the BioSkin Trilok restricting the range of motion of the ankle joint.
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Our support finder tool allows you to find the root cause of the problem, learn more about it and find the right product.