Do ankle braces really make your ankles weaker?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always heard that wearing ankle braces will make your ankles weak.
I wore ankle braces throughout my basketball career because I had weak ankles. My ankles were weak as a result of repeated ankle sprains and not getting the proper rehabilitation program.
Even after I discovered the best ankle sprain rehab program available, I still wore ankle braces to give me the added protection and assurance that I would not get hurt during heated competition. And with the quality of shoes today as well as the low stature of the shoes, I would still be wearing ankle braces today just for the added protection they offer if I were still actively playing basketball.
The only ankle brace I feel is worth anything at all is the McDavid Ankle Brace with Strap . It provides compression of the ankle joint thereby offering support, but does not restrict movement of the ankle that would hinder performance in competitive sports.
The only ankle brace that I don’t recommend wearing during competition is the aircast. For me, it did not provide the support I wanted and always ended up cutting into my ankle bone when I wore it in competition. What’s funny is that almost all hospitals send aircasts home with patients who’ve had an ankle sprain.
They might work for you, but they did not work for me. If you’re ankles are weak and you need some support during competition or just during your everyday tasks, you can’t go wrong with the McDavid lace up ankle braces.
And if your ankles are weak and you continue to have ankle sprains, you should make sure you get started on a proven and effective rehab program that will strengthen your ankles and restore complete range of motion to them.
Check out the proven program I found that helps you get your ankle back in shape in 7 days or less: Sprained ankle rehab