Best products for ankle sprains
Ankle sprains are some of the most common sports injuries. But which are the best products for ankle sprains or weak ankles and why are they needed?
If you suffer an ankle sprain it is important to apply the PRICE principles (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation).
The Large Hot & Cold Therapy Wrap perfect as it applies compression as well as cold therapy. The Reusable Ice Bag is filled with ice and when used in conjunction with an elastic wrap is also very effective.
Apply cold for 10 to 15 minutes every couple of hours initially, reducing frequence as symptoms improve.
There are a huge range of ankle supports available. Some are more appropriate for the early stages immediately following injury. Others are more suitable later in the rehabilitation process, as you return to full training.
Immediately after injury elastic compression ankle supports are ideal for limiting swelling and protecting the joint. Later on, when you begin to walk, or go back to sport an ankle brace with additional lateral support such as the Advanced Ankle Brace With Straps better protects the recovering ligaments.
Neoprene ankle supports provide compression, but also retain body heat. This is ideal for chronic tendon injuries. For more details read our article on Choosing Ankle Supports.
Ankle support taping is the gold standard for protecting the joint following injury, as well as when returning to full training. There are many different ankle taping techniques which use a combination of elastic adhesive bandage for anchor points and non stretch zinc oxide tape for support strips.
Taping provides the highest level of support, however it does not last long before you need to re-apply and you do need training and/or experience to apply it accurately.