9 Best Ankle Orthoses

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9 Best Ankle Orthoses

The ankle joint bears the weight of our body and plays an impor­tant role in walk­ing. Due to the high loads, frac­tures, sprains and oth­er injuries in this area are not uncom­mon. Learn from an expert how ankle orthoses can help and how to choose them cor­rect­ly
9 Best Ankle Orthoses
9 best ankle orthoses.

Orthoses help to fix the ankle joint in the cor­rect posi­tion, which allows you to reduce the load, reduce pain and swelling, improve blood cir­cu­la­tion and meta­bol­ic process­es in tis­sues1.2. Orthoses are used for the pre­ven­tion of injuries, dur­ing the reha­bil­i­ta­tion peri­od after oper­a­tions, frac­tures, sprains, in the com­plex treat­ment of arthri­tis, arthro­sis and oth­er dis­eases of the joints and lig­a­ments1.2. Prac­tice has shown that wear­ing orthoses speeds up recov­ery and sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduces the risk of relaps­es and com­pli­ca­tions.

Our expert trau­ma­tol­o­gist-ortho­pe­dist Rashid Saidov helped us choose the 9 best ankle orthoses. The rat­ing includes mod­els that have received high praise from doc­tors and patients. But please note that the best ortho­sis for the ankle joint can only be rec­om­mend­ed by a spe­cial­ist, tak­ing into account the diag­no­sis, age and oth­er char­ac­ter­is­tics of the patient.

Rating of the top 3 universal orthoses for the ankle joint

— Uni­ver­sal orthoses are suit­able for treat­ment and pre­ven­tion. They are pop­u­lar with ath­letes because they reduce the risk of ankle injuries.

1. Ankle brace BAUERFEIND MalleoTrain S 8th generation

orthosis BAUERFEIND MalleoTrain S 8
ortho­sis BAUERFEIND Malleo­Train S 8.

An ankle brace with an aver­age degree of fix­a­tion is made accord­ing to the prin­ci­ple of func­tion­al ban­dag­ing. Elas­tic fig­ure 8 band and anatom­i­cal knit­ting pro­vide sta­bil­i­ty to the joint. The ten­sion of the bands can be adjust­ed for a bet­ter fit. The design and mate­ri­als of the prod­uct allow the ankle joint to move freely. The man­u­fac­tur­er promis­es that the ortho­sis will not rub the leg and will pro­vide com­fort even with pro­longed wear and high phys­i­cal activ­i­ty.

The ortho­sis is rec­om­mend­ed to be worn to pre­vent sports injuries, in case of lig­a­ment insta­bil­i­ty and dur­ing post­op­er­a­tive reha­bil­i­ta­tion. With it, you can reduce pain and swelling, accel­er­ate heal­ing.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type dynam­ic, ther­a­peu­tic and pro­phy­lac­tic
Degree of fix­a­tion semi-rigid/medi­um
Size range 6 sizes
Mate­r­i­al high­ly elas­tic jer­sey

Con­traindi­ca­tions: Aller­gy to mate­ri­als.

Pros and cons

unique Train knit­ting for fast recov­ery; belt ten­sion adjust­ment; wear­ing com­fort due to high­ly elas­tic fab­ric and low com­pres­sion at the edges of the prod­uct.
often there are fakes, you need to buy only in an ortho­pe­dic salon.

2. Orliman EST-090

Ankle brace Orliman EST-090
Ankle brace Orli­man EST-090.

An ortho­sis made of durable velor mate­r­i­al sup­ports the joint on both sides, lim­its the incli­na­tion of the foot for­ward and back­ward, and at the same time does not pre­vent it from freely bend­ing and unbend­ing. The POROMAX antibac­te­r­i­al lin­ing is breath­able, mois­ture wick­ing and odor free. The prod­uct is easy to put on and adjust to the leg thanks to the dou­ble lac­ing. The small vol­ume allows the ortho­sis to be worn with almost any footwear.

Wear­ing an ortho­sis is indi­cat­ed dur­ing the recov­ery peri­od after injuries and oper­a­tions, with rup­tures and sprains, for the pre­ven­tion of sports injuries and exac­er­ba­tion of chron­ic dis­eases: bur­si­tis and arthri­tis.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type dynam­ic, ther­a­peu­tic and pro­phy­lac­tic
Degree of fix­a­tion semi-rigid/medi­um
Size range 3 sizes
Mate­r­i­al velor, ther­mo­plas­tic, POROMAX breath­able lin­ing

Con­traindi­ca­tions: Aller­gy to mate­ri­als.

Pros and cons

reli­able lat­er­al sup­port; Breath­able mois­ture per­me­able lin­ing for com­fort­able wear­ing.
Some patients com­plain that the ortho­sis only fits in large shoes.

3. ORTEX 06C

ORTEX 06C ankle brace
ORTEX 06C ankle brace.

This mod­el hugs the ankle with com­fort­able Vel­cro straps. Inserts made of pro­filed plas­tic pre­vent lat­er­al flex­ion of the joint and main­tain it in an anatom­i­cal­ly cor­rect posi­tion. There is anoth­er tape with a clasp that can be used for a stronger fix­a­tion.

It is rec­om­mend­ed to wear an ortho­sis in case of incor­rect­ly healed frac­tures, dur­ing the reha­bil­i­ta­tion peri­od after wear­ing a cast, injuries and oper­a­tions on the foot, joint and Achilles ten­don.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type com­pres­sion
Degree of fix­a­tion semi-rigid/strong
Size range 5 sizes
Mate­r­i­al poly­ester, plas­tic, 100% cot­ton jer­sey

Con­traindi­ca­tions: con­tact der­mati­tis and pus­tu­lar skin infec­tions, indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to mate­ri­als.

Pros and cons

Easy to put on, plen­ty of sizes.
some com­plain that wear­ing the prod­uct is uncom­fort­able.

Rating of the top 3 rigid orthoses for the ankle joint

Rigid orthoses are most often used in the com­plex treat­ment of frac­tures, dis­lo­ca­tions and bruis­es of the ankle, ankle joint and its cap­su­lar-lig­a­men­tous appa­ra­tus. They allow the patient to quick­ly restore phys­i­cal fit­ness and pre­vent re-injury dur­ing the reha­bil­i­ta­tion peri­od.

4. PUSH Ortho Ankle Brace Aequi with splint

Push Braces Ortho Ankle Brace Aequi 3.20.1
Push Braces Ortho Ankle Brace Aequi 3.20.1.

The rigid ankle brace has an inter­nal splint with an ankle cutout that pre­vents the foot from mov­ing in and out with­out restrict­ing flex­ion and exten­sion. Thanks to this, you can walk nor­mal­ly in the ortho­sis. A resilient­ly mold­ed foam exte­ri­or con­forms to the shape of the foot, while elas­tic straps reg­u­late pres­sure. To achieve the desired degree of fix­a­tion, the prod­uct is rec­om­mend­ed to be worn over a sock and worn with closed lace-up shoes.

Wear­ing an ortho­sis is indi­cat­ed for severe resid­ual insta­bil­i­ty of the joint, acute lat­er­al injuries of the lig­a­ments of the ankle joint, after ankle frac­tures.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type immo­bi­liza­tion
Degree of fix­a­tion tough/strong
Size range 4 sizes
Mate­r­i­al plas­tic, tex­tile

Con­traindi­ca­tions: indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to mate­ri­als, puru­lent skin lesions at the site of con­tact with the ortho­sis.

Pros and cons

reli­able fix­a­tion; the abil­i­ty to adjust the shape of the foot.
not sold in all ortho­pe­dic salons.

5 Ottobock Malleo Sprint

Ottobock Ankle brace Ottobock Malleo Sprint 50S3
Otto­bock Ankle brace Otto­bock Malleo Sprint 50S3.

A rigid ortho­sis with a plas­tic frame and durable tex­tile parts pro­vides reli­able lat­er­al sup­port and sta­bi­liza­tion of the ankle joint. The anatom­i­cal shape of the prod­uct guar­an­tees a com­fort­able fit. Thanks to the con­ve­nient sys­tem of fas­ten­ers, the prod­uct is easy to put on and take off. The brace can be worn with or with­out shoes.

Wear­ing an ortho­sis is indi­cat­ed for severe (includ­ing chron­ic) insta­bil­i­ty of the ankle joint, with severe dam­age to the lig­a­ments of the ankle joint, with arthri­tis and arthro­sis, after injuries and oper­a­tions on the cap­su­lar-lig­a­men­tous appa­ra­tus of the joint.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type post­op­er­a­tive
Degree of fix­a­tion tough/strong
Size range 5 sizes
Mate­r­i­al plas­tic, tex­tile, met­al, foam rub­ber

Con­traindi­ca­tions: indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to mate­ri­als, puru­lent skin lesions at the site of con­tact with the ortho­sis.

Pros and cons

Light­weight, durable and holds well accord­ing to user reviews.
wear for a long time.

6. Trives Evolution T‑8691

Trives Bandage on the ankle joint Evolution Т-8691
Trives Ban­dage on the ankle joint Evo­lu­tion Т‑8691.

The ortho­sis made of high-strength mate­r­i­al FORTIS S‑Tex is equipped with 4 met­al stiff­en­ing ribs, which are locat­ed on the side sur­faces. The stiff­en­ing ribs can be mod­eled to suit the anatom­i­cal fea­tures of the leg. For addi­tion­al fix­a­tion and adjust­ment, lac­ing and elas­tic bands with Vel­cro fas­ten­ers are pro­vid­ed.

Wear­ing a rigid ortho­sis is indi­cat­ed for arthro­sis, arthri­tis and oth­er chron­ic dis­eases of the ankle joint, after trau­mat­ic lesions and surgery in the area of ​​the joint, foot and low­er leg.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type com­pres­sion, post­op­er­a­tive
Degree of fix­a­tion tough/strong
Size range 5 sizes
Mate­r­i­al mate­r­i­al FORTIS S‑Tex (com­bi­na­tion of cot­ton, poly­ester and elas­tane), steel

Con­traindi­ca­tions: aller­gy to mate­ri­als, troph­ic ulcers, bed­sores and malig­nant neo­plasms in the area of ​​con­tact with the ortho­sis. Peo­ple with venous cir­cu­la­tion dis­or­ders should con­sult a doc­tor before using the ortho­sis.

Pros and cons

light; quick­ly put on; Holds the foot well and does­n’t restrict move­ment.
occa­sion­al­ly there are com­plaints about exces­sive­ly hard mate­r­i­al.

Rating of the top 3 orthoses with stiffeners and lacing

Braces with stiff­en­ing ribs help to secure­ly fix the joint, and lac­ing allows you to adjust the fit of the prod­uct on the leg. Thanks to this, a ther­a­peu­tic effect and wear­ing com­fort are achieved.

7. Ankle brace ORLETT LAB-221

Orlett Ankle brace LAB-221
Orlett Ankle brace LAB-221.

The ortho­sis pro­vides reli­able fix­a­tion of the ankle joint due to 6 stiff­en­ing ribs, addi­tion­al straps and high lac­ing. The prod­uct lim­its the lat­er­al move­ments of the ankle, but allows the joint to bend and unbend.

Indi­ca­tions for use: chron­ic insta­bil­i­ty of the ankle joint (includ­ing arthro­sis), recov­ery after rup­ture of lig­a­ments, injuries and oper­a­tions on the cap­su­lar-lig­a­men­tous appa­ra­tus of the ankle joint, pre­ven­tion of re-injuries.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type com­pres­sion, post­op­er­a­tive
Degree of fix­a­tion tough/strong
Size range 4 sizes
Mate­r­i­al poly­ester, polyamide, cot­ton, steel

Con­traindi­ca­tions: indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to mate­ri­als, puru­lent dis­eases and skin dis­eases at the point of con­tact with the ortho­sis.

Pros and cons

anatom­i­cal fit to the joint; wear­ing com­fort; helps reduce swelling; can be worn with shoes.
not sold in all ortho­pe­dic salons

8.OPPO Medical 4007

OPPO Medical Ankle brace 4007
OPPO Med­ical Ankle brace 4007.

The lace-up ortho­sis with elas­tic insert can be adjust­ed in size and thus adjust­ed to the shape of the leg. Flex­i­ble spi­ral splints fix and sup­port the ankle joint from two sides.

Wear­ing is indi­cat­ed for sprains, uncom­pli­cat­ed ankle frac­tures and ankle insta­bil­i­ty.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type post­op­er­a­tive
Degree of fix­a­tion tough/strong
Size range 4 sizes
Mate­r­i­al cot­ton, poly­ester, rub­ber, met­al

Con­traindi­ca­tions: Aller­gic to mate­ri­als, do not wear after apply­ing a warm­ing cream or oint­ment to the skin.

Pros and cons

good sup­port; the abil­i­ty to adjust the leg; qual­i­ty mate­ri­als.
when wear­ing an ortho­sis, it can be dif­fi­cult to find shoes.

9. Fosta F 2010

Fosta Ankle brace F 2010
Fos­ta Ankle brace F 2010.

The ortho­sis made of com­bined mate­ri­als is equipped with stiff­en­ing ribs, lac­ing and tight­en­ing bands. Helps to sta­bi­lize the joint and the low­er third of the low­er leg, reduces swelling. The vol­ume of the prod­uct can be adjust­ed using lac­ing, which is nec­es­sary for a com­fort­able fit “on the leg”.

Indi­cat­ed for use in arthro­sis, arthri­tis, insta­bil­i­ty of the ankle joint; uncom­pli­cat­ed ankle frac­tures and ankle lig­a­ment injuries. It is also rec­om­mend­ed for foot sag­ging, hypoten­sion and hypotro­phy of the leg mus­cles.

Main characteristics

Ortho­sis type post­op­er­a­tive, com­pres­sion
Degree of fix­a­tion tough/strong
Size range 6 sizes
Mate­r­i­al plas­tic, tex­tile

Con­traindi­ca­tions: indi­vid­ual intol­er­ance to mate­ri­als, puru­lent skin lesions at the site of con­tact with the ortho­sis.

Pros and cons

Adjustable fit with lac­ing and Vel­cro fas­ten­ers com­fort­able to wear; easy to put on and take off; afford­able price.
there are mod­els with inac­cu­rate­ly processed seams.

How to choose orthoses for the ankle joint for an adult

All ankle orthoses have an anatom­i­cal struc­ture and fol­low the nat­ur­al curves of the leg. Nev­er­the­less, experts do not rec­om­mend choos­ing an ortho­sis on your own — a mis­take can be too expen­sive. An incor­rect­ly select­ed mod­el will be use­less or wors­en the human con­di­tion.

— The ortho­sis should be select­ed by an ortho­pe­dic trau­ma­tol­o­gist. Only a doc­tor knows which prod­uct will be effec­tive for treat­ment and reha­bil­i­ta­tion, — com­ments trau­ma­tol­o­gist-ortho­pe­dist Rashid Saidov.

The scope of appli­ca­tion large­ly depends on the degree of fix­a­tion of the ortho­sis:

    light fixation is needed to support the joint and prevent injuries during sports and any physical activity;
    medium is required when the patient is concerned about an old injury or disease;
    strong is used in the recovery period after operations and injuries;
    complete — with fractures and serious diseases of the joints.
To the point

Dis­lo­ca­tion of the ankle: how to give your­self first aid

Orthoses with a medi­um and strong degree of fix­a­tion are equipped with rigid ele­ments that lim­it the move­ment of the leg in a cer­tain plane.1.3.

When pre­scrib­ing an ortho­sis for the ankle joint, the trau­ma­tol­o­gist takes into account the patien­t’s diag­no­sis and indi­vid­ual char­ac­ter­is­tics, such as age and weight. To choose the size of the prod­uct, you need to know the length of the foot, the vol­ume of the ankle, ankle, shin, ankle.

Reviews of doctors about orthoses on the ankle joint

Trau­ma­tol­o­gists and ortho­pe­dists use orthoses at var­i­ous stages of treat­ment and reha­bil­i­ta­tion. Unlike plas­ter, orthoses allow you to adjust the degree of fix­a­tion, so the patient can grad­u­al­ly devel­op the affect­ed joint and be phys­i­cal­ly active.1.3. This means that he will not have to learn to walk again, as after a plas­ter cast.

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Popular questions and answers

Many peo­ple face injuries and dis­eases of the ankle joint, so the inter­est in orthoses is quite nat­ur­al. Trau­ma­tol­o­gist-ortho­pe­dist Rashid Saidov answers pop­u­lar ques­tions about these ortho­pe­dic devices.

What is the difference between an ankle brace and a brace?

— It is gen­er­al­ly accept­ed that, com­pared to ban­dages, orthoses have a more com­plex design, for exam­ple, with hinges. How­ev­er, man­u­fac­tur­ers also pro­duce soft prod­ucts that are sim­i­lar in prop­er­ties to ban­dages, but are called orthoses. Some­times the same mod­el is called both a ban­dage and an ortho­sis. The line between prod­ucts is very thin.

How to walk in an orthosis?

- The ortho­sis is rec­om­mend­ed to be worn on a bare leg or a thin sock. The dura­tion of wear­ing the ortho­sis is deter­mined only by the doc­tor. After an injury, phys­i­cal activ­i­ty should be increased grad­u­al­ly. Round-the-clock use of an ortho­sis is indi­cat­ed in the treat­ment of a severe frac­ture. In this case, with the per­mis­sion of the doc­tor, the prod­ucts are removed only for hygiene pro­ce­dures.

Can I step on my foot in an orthosis?

- The ortho­sis makes it pos­si­ble to sup­port the injured leg in most injuries. There are prod­ucts with a spe­cial sole that reduces the load on the joints when walk­ing. In the pres­ence of a dis­ease, orthoses help to get rid of pain dur­ing move­ment and con­tribute to the treat­ment of pathol­o­gy.

Do I need to wear an orthosis for osteoarthritis?

— Yes, wear­ing orthoses is a manda­to­ry com­po­nent of the com­plex ther­a­py of arthro­sis. Prod­ucts fix the joint in a phys­i­o­log­i­cal­ly cor­rect posi­tion and reduce the load on it. Due to this sup­port, the wear of car­ti­lage tis­sue is reduced. The use of orthoses helps to elim­i­nate pain, swelling and improves the blood sup­ply to the joint.

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