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Old 04-17-2013, 06:08 AM   #1
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Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

I need a recommendation for a good ankle brace. I sprained my ankle this weekend, and I want to get back into my WODs, as well as start a running program. I think I should probably have a brace for the next couple of months to prevent it from rolling again. Any suggestions? I had envisioned something in this kind of style:

http://www.amazon.com/Mueller-Lite-A...204156&sr=1-21

As a qualifier, I know there are going to be people who suggest staying off it or otherwise really limiting certain kinds of physical activity. I understand this, and I appreciate that advice, but it's just not a scenario I'm willing to consider. Thanks in advance. -AB

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Old 04-17-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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Re: Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

This is a good one as well
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:00 AM   #3
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This is a good one as well
An invisible brace would be bad-***! But just in case I misinterpreted you, could you clarify which brace is a good one as well?
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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Re: Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

Wearing a brace post ankle sprain is not really indicated if it was mild. A grade 2, significant swelling/bruising/pain, would benefit for a short period of time. But two months of wearing a brace is WAY too long. That will definitely set you up for future sprains as the ankle will never rehab properly. I think people often view an ankle sprain as more of nuisance rather than a true injury that needs to be properly treated and rehabbed. So go with what Sean suggested, unless of course he truly meant to link something. Otherwise, no brace.

Edited to add: WOW, I just looked at the link you posted. Absolutely no on that thing for two months. If you really want to use something, I'd go with a simple wrap. But honestly, if it's mild you would do just fine with a week of lower impact activity that is more sagittal plane with perhaps some K-tape for proprio input and gentle support.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:12 PM   #5
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If you really want to use something, I'd go with a simple wrap. But honestly, if it's mild you would do just fine with a week of lower impact activity that is more sagittal plane with perhaps some K-tape for proprio input and gentle support.
So when you say a simple wrap, would that be something like an old-school fabric ace bandage, or something like this (or if neither, maybe you can suggest something)?

http://www.amazon.com/McDavid-Neopre...430985&sr=1-16
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:16 PM   #6
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Re: Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

Ace wraps are cheap and easy to adjust. Or you can draw the alphabet with your foot and work on balancing and maintaining a neutral ankle.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:10 PM   #7
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Re: Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

sorry about that google ASO ANKLE STABILIZER
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:48 PM   #8
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Re: Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

What the medical professional said: no wrap. Dial back the WODding, so you don't do something bad in a hypoxic stupor and use the recovery period as a time to develop strength in controlled motions, conditioning in safe WODs or monostructural activities. You won't be robbing yourself of fitness if you get on the rower every day or work on slow lifts. As you recover, I highly recommend some single-leg work to help restore the strength in the ankle - lunges and SLDLs are great finishers for days that a chipper doesn't leave you spent on the floor.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:48 AM   #9
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Re: Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

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sorry about that google ASO ANKLE STABILIZER
YES! Go straight to Amazon and you can find an ASO brace cheap. I picked one up for $25 recently. Medical supply stores are going to sell it for ~$40 or more...
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:37 AM   #10
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Re: Brace Recommendations for Ankle Sprain Rehab

I thought I'd post back here with an update, as it's been a couple weeks and I learned a good bit about rehabbing my ankle (which has been sprained several times now).

(1) It felt best when I used some kind of soft compression during exercise. If I didn't, it would swell up significantly and be uncomfortable for the rest of the day. I feel as though this would prolong recovery. The wrap I used was a Velcro and stretchy material Futuro wrap (like what you see in a lot of convenience stores).

(2) Ice it at any sign of swelling.

(3) I didn't elevate it at night, mainly because I can't sleep like that. However, when I elevated it during the day, it definitely helped.

(4) And lastly, I didn't rest. At all. I adjusted my WODs to prevent further injury, but I pushed it as much as I could without acute pain and I think this helped as well.

Anyway, hope this helps somebody with the same issue.
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