Ankle Braces?!

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  1. pNoyr3D

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    Hello, are ankle braces good for you?! Like physical wise, for instance.. Sometimes when I play I have to roll my ankle around a lil' bit, does that mean an ankle brace would be good for me?

    What are ankle braces used for? Is it mostly for people who twist/sprain their ankle alot? Or is it for anyone that doesn't want to risk twisting/spraining an ankle?

    Is it right for me?
     
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  2. tennistim777

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    After rolling my left ankle inward a few years ago, I went out and purchased a McDavid ankle brace for my left ankle. I've never rolled it again. I would highly recommend it. Thanks!!
     
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  3. Nuke

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    Ditto on the McDavid brace. I wear it for all matches now, even though the sprain has been healed for months. It gives me a bit more confidence to run hard.
     
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  4. fishuuuuu

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    I feel exactly the same way. I wear two on both feet all the time now.
     
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  5. pNoyr3D

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    Well, I am actually thinking of buying one before the start of the tennis season in spring for high school. Thanks alot.

    What would be better?
    ASO Ankle Brace (Andy Roddick) or the McDavid you are talking about? Also which is cheaper?
     
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  6. fishuuuuu

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    McDavid's you can pick up from Academy for $25.00~$40.00 I don't remember. But I couldn't wait to have something shipped so I bought them. They are very, very solid. They have the traditional centered-layup for lacing, two run-around straps, and a large protective strap over it all (like the ASO ones). If you can hold on a minute I can take pictures for you.
     
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    The diagram probably doesn't help much. But in short, they get both sides of your ankles really secure, and they're strap up/lace up so you can have it as tight as you need it, and no exceedingly tight. The bonus is that the cover-strap keeps the other two nice and neat along with the lacing. As with all ankle braces, they will make your shoe size about half a size larger.
     
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  9. dcottrill

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    I've rolled my left ankle a few times and as a result, it is not very stable anymore. I got a pair of ASO ankle braces and wear one on each ankle now. Very, very stable. As an added bonus, they feel as if they support the whole foot...I like the tight, elastic feel under my foot. I find that I play with much more confidence now.

    Additionally, at the suggestion of my doctor, I spend about 15 minutes each day balancing on a wobble board. He calls it "an insurance policy for the ankle."
     
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  10. fishuuuuu

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    That's a pretty sharp idea. Where did you get it?
     
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  11. dcottrill

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    The idea? From my doctor. :lol:

    The wobble board? From ***** Sporting Goods. There is also a web site address on the face of the board. www.gofit.net.

    BTW...there was an article in Sports Illustrated a few months back about Steve Nash. He swears by his wobble board.
     
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    i never wore an ankle brace until i injured my foot and ankle ligaments severely last yr and i wore the brace i got from my doctor, but it felt too stiff...i sort of re-injured the same ligaments just recently, but instead now i wear a nike ankle brace, and it provides good comfort and keeps everything intact
     
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  13. goober

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    I just ordered a set of ASO braces. Hopefully they live up to the hype.
     
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  14. dcottrill

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    From my perspective, the ASO ankle braces were one of the best buys I've ever made. They'd be a bargain at 3 times the price. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
     
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    Well that sounds good. :)

    do they slow you down in anyway? A lot of my game relies on speed and I do not have super strong legs so I am a little worried about the extra weight slowing me down or tire me out over a long match. MacDavid makes some "ultralite" braces but I thought I should try an established model.
     
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    When you first try one on, it feels like a ski boot, and you think you'll never be able to run in it. But when you hit the court, you quickly get used to it. Frankly, I think I run a bit faster with the brace, because I can dig harder on turns without worrying about my ankle.
     
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    I agree 100 percent! My game improved by a quantum leap simply because I can move around the court with much more speed and confidence. Seriously...I can't imagine that anyone would regret buying a pair.
     
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  18. carpetgrub

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    I prefer the McDavids with the 2 velcro straps only. The ones with the laces are just too bulky and doesn't sit well in shoes.
     
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    I'm on the same boat as all you guys. Rolled my ankle about 2 or 3 weeks ago, and at first I just wore an ace bandage on it. That actually worked fine but the top part tended to move up my leg and it was kinda ugly too :p

    I went and got a McDavid brace and it feels fine. I've actually been using both the bandage and the brace because I'm paranoid, one of these days I'll drop the bandage and see what it feels like then.

    My only complaint is that my foot squeeks around in the brace when I'm walking, but I probably just need to tighten it
     
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  21. tennistim777

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    http://mcdavidusa.com/

    This link will provide you with several ankle brace choices. I've had really good luck with the McDavid Level 3 lace up kind. I like to wear my shoes tight, and these don't take up much room in your shoes. Also, they are readily available from most sporting goods stores. Let us know which one you choose and how you like it. Thanks!!
     
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  22. Nuke

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    I use a pair of the McDavid 199s.
     
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    I use a pair of Kallassy, but they're quite old now and I wouldn't say they were top10 throughout their life. The strapping was getting looser and looser with the years going and I thought they were a bit bulky on the bottom of the foot (but maybe it was done so that it absorbs the sweat).
    http://www.feelgoodstore.com/ViewProducts/KallassyAnkleSupport/550.aspx
    and
    http://www.betterbraces.com/ViewProducts/KallassyAnkleSupport/136.aspx
    $39.99 each

    First time I see Aircast (thanks travlerajm). They're little more expensive; the A60 seems interesting.
    This:
    http://www.betterbraces.com/ViewProducts/AircastAirSportAnkleBrace/166.aspx
    or this:
    http://www.betterbraces.com/ViewProducts/AircastA60AnkleSupport/168.aspx
    Both are $44.99 a pair... the A60 seems more advanced.

    More ankle braces here too:
    http://www.betterbraces.com/Categories/DonJoy Braces and Supports/Ankle Supports/1003.aspx
     
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  24. goober

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    Do most of you guys wear braces on both ankles even if you sprained just one ankle in the past? I noticed that Murray only wears one brace while Roddick and some others wear bilateral braces.
     
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    I've never rolled my ankles during play, but few times when I've stepped on a ball. I wear them for prevention purpose on both ankles and would suggest it for anyone who plays tennis either recreationally or competitively.
     
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  26. tennistim777

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    Hey Goober, I only wear a brace on my left ankle. I have rolled only the left ankle a few times before a bought my brace. I haven’t rolled it since. Thanks!!
     
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    I wear braces on both ankles, even though my left is the one I've sprained in the past. I thought how ironic it would be to wear a brace on my left ankle as a preventative, and then roll my right ankle because it wasn't protected. Now I wear it on both sides.
     
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  28. KBalla08

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    so from what i read the mcdavid and ASO are the best? hmm i need a pair... ill look into them\

    question: so if i were to order the ASO's from TW i only get 1 for $35? or 1 set?
     
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  29. goober

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    You get 1 for $35.
     
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  30. goober

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    I tried a pair of the ASOs for the first time last night. I was wearing a pretty heavy shoe - 17-18oz mid top. I felt slower although I think I could get use to it. I think I would definitely go with lightweight shoes from now on if I am going to wear these braces all the time.
     
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    i broke my ankle playing football(rugby league) back in 2001 and i never knew, because i thought it was a sprained ankle so i never went 2 doctors
    it took me 6 weeks to be walking properly again and anyhow in november of 2005 i fell through a window a week before a tournament and they had to x-ray before i got my stitches to see if there was any glass in my body, the nurse came back into the room and said you have a broken tibia in your leg how did this happen, and i told her about 5 yrs ago anyway, ever since i found that out i have been wearing an ankle brace for extra support and it helps me run faster also
     
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  32. movdqa

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    I've rolled my ankle twice but that was a long time ago. I used an aircast to recover (from medical plan) and they work reasonably well. But I never thought
    of playing or running with something like that on. I think that taking care of the
    other stuff (rest, stretching, weight-training, good shoes, thinking about what your body is doing) minimizes the potential if you have decent lower feet. If you're prone to injury of this area, then I would definitely use something.
     
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