Ankle Splints

Ankle Splints Protect Sprained and Post-Surgical Ankle Injuries

All ankle splints are designed to keep the ankle stable and avoid excessive inversion and eversion. Ankle splints come in several different styles such as the aircast type which provide excellent ankle support and is probably the most popular type of ankle splint.  Comfortable to wear, they are made with two hard plastic shells, one on either side of the ankle and lower leg.  Inside the hard plastic is a soft air filled pad that conforms around the shape of the ankle (including the swollen area). The two shells are held together by several elastic straps that secure the brace to the leg.  There is also a "stirrup" strap that is worn under the heel to keep the bottom of the brace secure. 

Walker boots are common support after surgery. These boots provide full support and are worn when you are able to put weight on the ankle after injury.  They usually have a rocker bottom to make it easier to walk in. They are made similar to a skiing boot, hard plastic with softer material inside for comfort.  If you need to wear a walker boot, you may graduate to an air splint later in your rehab.

The third type of ankle splint is the ankle brace with extra straps that provide a figure 8 pattern around the ankle to keep it secure.  This type of brace is the least secure of the three types, but is worn by many athletes after ankle injury or surgery while training or competing.

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