Whether you play sports or participate in exercises that involve quick weight changes, ankle braces can help protect and prevent future injury. They’re meant to stabilize the foot and limit ankle motions that can cause ailments like sprains and tendonitis and anything that can inhibit the healing process after surgery. For shopping made easy, we’ve rounded up some of the best options for top-of-the-line support, comfort and durability.
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1. Mcdavid Ankle Brace
The figure-six strapping design is made to emulate the feel of athletic tape for a snug and supportive fit. It's also made with durable polyester and an adjustable compression cuff lined with padding for extra comfort.
Pros: Ventilation on the tongue also helps keep feet cool.
Cons: These tend to be bulkier inside shoes than other styles.
2. Candy Li Ankle Support
Candy Li's ankle support brace is made with elastic nylon and features crisscross straps along the entire brace for easy adjustments.
Pros: The brace is also lined with silicone for a no-slip fit and is fairly breathable. It also comes in nine color-accented options for those who prefer a brighter alternative to all-black.
Cons: This is not the most heavyduty option on our list; it's best suited for mild issues like ankle fatigue.
3. Med Spec Aso Ankle Stabilizer
The figure-eight wrapping design is made of tough nylon and a special Cool Flex material for long-lasting and flexible wear.
Pros: The Cool Flex material also lines the back of the boot for increased comfort at the Achilles tendon. This brace includes an elastic cuff closure, as well as a ventilated, contoured tongue for a breathable, second-skin fit. The design is slim enough to fit inside practically any shoe style. Finger loops at the end of the stabilizing straps make it easier to secure the straps for ultimate support.
Cons: Some users may find the lining itchy or irritating to skin when the brace is worn without socks underneath.
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