How to Use an Ankle Brace for Injury Recovery
by Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.
“Hi, my name is Taylor, I’m one of the medical assistants, and today I’m going to show you how to apply your ankle brace.
It looks a lot more complicated than it really is. You’re going to un-velcro everything. You’ve got one big Velcro that goes here over the middle, you have two on the sides that lace across each other, and then you’ve got a lace down the middle just like a shoe.
You’re going to want to undo the middle lace as much as you possibly can to slip your foot in there.
We use the ankle braces for minor injuries like minor sprains. It stabilizes the foot but still allows you to have some motion, so it’s a bit better than a boot is.
I’m going to slide this over her foot here, and it’s going to go on just like a sock.
Whenever you get the brace on, you want it to sit right up against the arch of her foot here. Make sure the tongue is flat down just like a normal shoe, and then lace it right back up. You want to make sure it’s snug, but not too snug to cut off the circulation. Whenever you’re applying this, make sure your foot is at a 90 degree angle. Keeping it at 90 degrees allows it to make sure that it’s in the right position, because when you stand up your foot is naturally going to be at that 90 degree angle.
I’m going to go ahead and tie this up. These two straps here on the sides, you’ve got two of them that look exactly alike – these are going to crisscross over the ankle brace. You’re going to crisscross over the front here, go underneath the arch, and Velcro up on the side. Same thing with the other one. Cross it the other way, up underneath the arch, and Velcro right on the side of the ankle brace.
This one up here is going to go right around the middle of everything, to keep everything locked in place.
Whenever you do wear an ankle brace, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a wider shoe – it does take up quite a bit of space in there.
Here’s a close-up version of how to properly lace-up the ankle brace.
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