Shoes with good ankle support/protection.

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by bluetrain4, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. bluetrain4

    bluetrain4 Legend

    Feb 2, 2007
    A couple of weeks ago, I sprained my ankle playing tennis for the first time ever (which is something since I'm in my late 30s and have played for 20+ years) I've rolled my ankles plenty of times to the extent where it hurt, but could always just walk off the pain.

    This was a pretty bad sprain and has kept me from doing much since. It's been healing and has come a long way, but it will still be a few more weeks before I'm 100% I'm very paranoid about returning to the court and doing it again. This may be a bit irrational, but that's how I feel.

    For the past two years, I've worn Prince T9 Roadsters, which I always though were comfortable and durable. They're wide shoes and the upper is pretty flexible. I do have fairly wide feet but not so much that I can't fit into normal width shoes.

    I know shoes can't prevent ankle sprains/injuries. But, are there any shoes that will at least lessen the risk? Stiffer shoe uppers? A more snug fit? What about Babolat and its velcro straps on the Propulse line?

    Any advice appreciated.
  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    I'm not sure you are going to find that much more support by changing your shoes. There was a thread on this in the Health & Fitness forum last spring:

    Almost all the shoe manufacturers that used to make mid shoes have stopped making them - the extra soft leather up top doesn't really stabilize the ankles.

    On the other hand ASO ankle braces have long been worn by tennis players and pros - like Andy Roddick among others. They provide real ankle support.
    They get good reviews at TW:

    They've also gotten kudos from those posting in the Health and Fitness Forum here at TT:

    There are "ankle exercises":

    But there is no muscle in the ankle.
    The muscles stop just above the ankle and control motion of the foot by their rope like extensions - tendons - that insert into the foot.
    So there is only so much that strengthening the muscles that can help ankle stability - at least for a sudden change in direction sport like tennis.

    Ankle stability is largely maintained by the ligaments that should keep the multiple bones around the ankle in place.
    But some people just have "loose ligaments" that can't really be corrected for in a tennis player. (My daughter has worn ASO braces for several years.)
    Those seem to do best in a brace.

    Good luck!
  3. bluetrain4

    bluetrain4 Legend

    Feb 2, 2007
    Thanks for the advice. I have been wearing a generic brace in my shoe whenever I'm standing or walking around. I'll definitely look into a ASO brace for when I return to the court.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  4. drkplayer122

    drkplayer122 Rookie

    Nov 11, 2011
    Great description!

    Make sure you dont overdo it once you are able to play again. When wearing a brace, do not tie/ strap it too tight. You want blood circulation in the foot so it can heal the ankle.
    Also make you ice your ankle. It will help with the swelling and numb the pain for the time being.

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