Ankle Brace for Running
Do you need an Ankle Brace for Running? It has been a tough winter for most of the country. Now that the weather has changed and the sun is shining, many people are trying to get back into running to get back into shape and get rid of the winter weight that has accumulated.
Running has been a popular activity in the spring, but injuries have also increased, primarily ankle injuries. Ankle sprains, metatarsal stress fractures heel spurs and plantar fasciitis has been seen this spring as weekend warriors try to get into shape.
How can you reduce or prevent such injuries that are very common with running? One of the biggest reasons is conditioning. Overuse and stress on the feet and ankles cause many of the ills mentioned in this article, but a good ankle brace can help reduce these stresses. There are many ankle braces on the market to choose from, so how do you decide which is best for your running skills?
The first thing is to check your shoe gear. There is nothing more important than spending money on a good pair of running shoes. Do not run with walking shoes or combination shoes. Check with your athletic shoe store to match your foot type with the best running shoe. Second is to choose the correct ankle brace. Simple ankle braces like ankle sleeves or compression supports help reduce swelling, but do little to provide support. Lace-up braces provide additional support with some offering figure 8 strapping which mimics taping that your coach or trainer would do. More aggressive ankle braces are called stirrup ankle braces and strirrup hinged ankle braces. These types of braces provide rigidity on either side of the ankle, with the hinged ankle braces offering range of motion at the hinges on the sides of the brace.
No matter what ankle brace you have chosen, it is important to check with your doctor, chiropractor, podiatrist or coach/trainer to determine which brace is best for your orthopedic condition.
Go to The Brace Shop’s The Brace shopfor a wide selection of ankle braces suitable for running.