Ankle Compression Sleeves
Ankles sleeves tend to come in neoprene or knitted fabric. Ankle sleeves are normally recommended for those suffering from tendonitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries.
A major benefit of wearing ankle sleeves is the compression they provide. This compression drives blood flow to the ankle keeping it warm and reducing muscle stiffness. Warmth is critical in keeping blood flowing to the injured area, promoting healing.
Ankle brace with straps
These are similar to ankle sleeves but with one key difference. They come with straps to provide extra protection. With these braces, you are able to adjust the straps for the right amount of compression. Ankle braces with straps can come in the figure 8 position which provides a complete wrapable brace for extra compression. They also come with figure 6 positions which protects against lateral movements such as what occurs during a roll or sprain.
The advantage of this brace is that it provides more compression than ankle sleeves.
Lace-up ankle brace
These braces provide maximum ankle protection because you can tighten it from top to bottom for complete protection.
This shoelace design allows the most customizable adjustment tightness from top to bottom.
However, one disadvantage is it limits your ankle’s natural movement.
Hinged ankle braces
The innovative hinged design allows the brace to move with your ankle, not against it like lace-ups. This allows you to run and jump without restriction.
Hinged ankle braces are good for those looking for more moderate ankle support targeting low ankle sprains.
Rigid stirrup ankle brace
These are effective at treating repetitive ankle sprains and stress fractures. It comes with Velcro straps so you can easily adjust to your comfort level. It’s also good for high ankle sprains.