Ankle injury recovery: Bracing up or taping in?
Updated: Feb 3
What is the best course of action for healing if you recently had an ankle injury? Use of an ankle brace or ankle rigid taping is one remedy that a medical expert might advise. But how do the two differ from one another, and which is best for you?
What is the purpose of bracing?
The purpose of ankle braces is to support and shield the ankle joint. They can be created from a variety of materials, such as neoprene, nylon, or elastic, and are frequently used to support the ankle while it heals or to avoid re-injury. Ankle braces come in a variety of designs, including lace-up, slip-on, and hinged models.
Ankle rigid taping, on the other hand, uses specialised tape to support and stabilise the ankle joint. To create a "splint" effect and help limit the ankle's range of motion and lower the chance of reinjury, the tape is put in a precise pattern. Rigid tape is a less visible and more flexible alternative to an ankle brace, making it appropriate for tasks that call for more range of motion. However, the adhesive glue used on rigid tape may cause skin irritation in a lot of people, especially if it's left on for too long.
Which one then is best for you?
Your particular needs and objectives will determine a lot. If you're going back to high-impact activities or sports, an ankle brace might be more suitable because it offers greater support and security. An ankle brace is also a one-time purchase, whereas rigid taping involves on-going costs. Rigid taping, on the other hand, can be a better choice if you require a more adaptable, low-profile support. It's always a good idea to speak with a medical expert, such as a doctor, physiotherapist/osteo, to decide the best course of action for your particular ankle problem.
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