Ankle brace

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
After a repeat ankle sprain just jogging towards a ball, I think it's time to try an ankle brace again. I had previously used one, but it made my ankle way too stiff, and I ended up rolling my ankle still.



Currently looking at the Donjoy POD. Any one using this?
 
After a repeat ankle sprain just jogging towards a ball, I think it's time to try an ankle brace again. I had previously used one, but it made my ankle way too stiff, and I ended up rolling my ankle still.

Currently looking at the Donjoy POD. Any one using this?
Clarification: the sprain wasn't caused by stepping on some object [stray ball, crack, partner's foot] and the roll was external [the outside of the ankle is where the sprain occurred]?

You could do the old-fashioned tape job: the classic stirrup pattern will prevent almost any roll but the downside is that it needs to be fairly tight because it loosens up over time.

A lot of VB players use Active Ankles. One drawback is that you're transferring the strain from the ankle to the knee, since there's not much give.

The problem is that you're solving the symptom, not the cause. In addition to the crutch, condition your ankles to be more flexible and stronger.

- Walking/Jogging on an unstable surface like dirt or sand is a great example; tougher is trail running but then you paradoxically run the risk of rolling your ankle when you step on a small rock or into a depression.

- Balance yourself on one foot while brushing your teeth.

- Try Tai Chi, which will help with overall balance immensely but there are some poses that require you to be on one leg or, at the very least, concentrate most of your weight on one leg.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Clarification: the sprain wasn't caused by stepping on some object [stray ball, crack, partner's foot] and the roll was external [the outside of the ankle is where the sprain occurred]?

You could do the old-fashioned tape job: the classic stirrup pattern will prevent almost any roll but the downside is that it needs to be fairly tight because it loosens up over time.

A lot of VB players use Active Ankles. One drawback is that you're transferring the strain from the ankle to the knee, since there's not much give.

The problem is that you're solving the symptom, not the cause. In addition to the crutch, condition your ankles to be more flexible and stronger.

- Walking/Jogging on an unstable surface like dirt or sand is a great example; tougher is trail running but then you paradoxically run the risk of rolling your ankle when you step on a small rock or into a depression.

- Balance yourself on one foot while brushing your teeth.

- Try Tai Chi, which will help with overall balance immensely but there are some poses that require you to be on one leg or, at the very least, concentrate most of your weight on one leg.
It was already sprained like 2 months ago and then I mildy sprained it again steeping into a hidden hole while getting into my car. I had a feeling my ankle was a little weak going into the session, but it is what it is.

I am already doing PT, I just need something that will help prevent repeat sprains since I know I'm not going to take time off. I don't like stirrups, too stiff. Those soft sleeves don't do anything for me. The rigid Active Ankle review don't seem as good as the Donjoy POD.
 

OnTheLine

Hall of Fame
The brace you have posted looks like it may be troubling inside a tennis shoe. Most tennis shoes go fairly high up on the ankle bone .... right where this brace is most bulky.

I am guessing you will find this more stiff than the braces with stirrups which you have already indicated you think are too stiff.

I have endured countless severe ankle sprains. On my right ankle I have a lot of torn ligaments I just deal with over many years now.

Osur makes an excellent brace that mimics a really good taping job ... but again you are going with stirrups, but all cloth so that it fits inside of shoes better.

Long term, you are better off staying off courts until you no longer have stability problems .... the PT work cannot be underestimated in importance.

To this day I spend a lot of time doing toe raises and balance work. If I am on the phone, I am doing toe raises or on my balance wobbly board one leg at a time.
 

Silverbuns

New User
I'm a big fan of the ASO brace. Fractured my fibula at the ankle while warming up last year... I idiotically was wearing thick sole running shoes and boom, rolled it badly doing nothing. I since this up pretty tight on the lateral side and I find it completely comfortable in any tennis shoes and, knocking on wood, I've been good since I've been playing this year. Good that you're doing the wobble board, I do that too whenever I get a chance.


That TriLok brace looks to function in a pretty similar way, it probably shouldn't have any issue fitting in shoes. Sure it's stirrup design, but it's been working for me. I haven't tried any rigid braces.
 

Heck

Rookie
ASO brace fan here when I rolled my foot. I even wore it just in case long after I healed. It felt good when playing.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Played with the POD brace. Worked great! It is a little tight in the shoe, and I have an arch so I don't think it would work well if you're flat footed. Ankle felt much stronger and the brace didn't impact my cutting too much. Forward and backward movement, zero issues.
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
I have an ankle brace from ASO and one from Ace. The ASO has a good balance of support/comfort. The Ace I use on my "good" ankle to help balance out my feel on the court. Once on the court, I don't even notice the braces.
 

MattCrosby

Professional
I have used both AirCast A60 & the ASO. Would say the AirCast gave me better performance. More stable because of the metal braces on either side of the ankle.
 

HouTex

Rookie
I have used both AirCast A60 & the ASO. Would say the AirCast gave me better performance. More stable because of the metal braces on either side of the ankle.
I’m a fan of the A60 as well. I twisted my ankle badly while playing about 5 years ago and it caused a fracture at the base of my 5th metatarsal. I was out for 14 weeks. I don’t play tennis without my braces.
 

MattCrosby

Professional
I’m a fan of the A60 as well. I twisted my ankle badly while playing about 5 years ago and it caused a fracture at the base of my 5th metatarsal. I was out for 14 weeks. I don’t play tennis without my braces.
I snapped the tendons in my right ankle playing golf, don’t ask weird injury. Meant I was off me feet for 6 months. No golf no tennis. This year was the first year (12 week tennis season) I’ve not played without an ankle brace and I for sure know I’ll be back wearing them next year. My ankles were so bad after every match it would take me days to recover.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
I snapped the tendons in my right ankle playing golf, don’t ask weird injury. Meant I was off me feet for 6 months. No golf no tennis. This year was the first year (12 week tennis season) I’ve not played without an ankle brace and I for sure know I’ll be back wearing them next year. My ankles were so bad after every match it would take me days to recover.
Some of the most catastrophic injuries come from the most benign activities :p that's interesting though, so you actually had ankle pain from your injury post match? I only have instability when running around.

I played again with the POD today, and I am really enjoying it. The only thing I don't like is it is the arch pain from having it in my shoe when I first start. However, after about 15-20 minutes, the pain is gone.
 

MattCrosby

Professional
Some of the most catastrophic injuries come from the most benign activities :p that's interesting though, so you actually had ankle pain from your injury post match? I only have instability when running around.

I played again with the POD today, and I am really enjoying it. The only thing I don't like is it is the arch pain from having it in my shoe when I first start. However, after about 15-20 minutes, the pain is gone.
Yeah it only really comes post match. Post warm down. Very weird but I just deal with it and strap up for a few days
 
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