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Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular? The lace up ankle braces with figure 8 strapping configurations are by far the most popular ankle brace sold at The Brace Shop
There are many other manufacturers that make a lace up type of ankle brace with figure 8 strapping.

MedSpec (Medical Specialties, Inc.) was a relatively unknown company based out of Charlotee, NC, until several professional tennis players started to wear the ASO during play. Andy Roddick was one of the first and since then, athletes like Lebron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade use them for preventative reasons.

One reason for the popularity of the brace is its construction. The ASO ankle brace is lightweight for a lace-up brace but still maintains a degree of stiffness and rigidity along the sides of the brace. The figure 8 strapping configuration mimics a taping that a coach or a trainer would provide and is very adjustable. The more stability to prevent inversion of the ankle, the tighter you pull on the figure 8 straps. The brace is very durable with a life expectancy of approximately 10-12 months with repeated use. The ballistic nylon base provides tremendous strength considering the thickness of the material. The brace is easy to clean and can be machine washed, although it is best to hand wash and air dry for longevity.

The brace is ideal for chronic ankle instability and does not appear to restrict movement in those sports that require side to side movement and rotation, such as tennis and basketball. The ASO fits into most athletic shoe gear, although cleated shoes do pose a problem, especially with the ASO EVO and ASO with inserts.

Please make sure you speak with your coach, trainer or healthcare profession regarding your ankle condition, and what type of brace is best for your ankle problem. The Brace Shop has been around for years and has serviced over 1 million customers. Their goal is to provide exceptional service, best pricing and fast shipping. Other web based companies cannot offer the selection, service and prices that The Brace Shop has provided for over a decade.

Choosing an Ankle Brace

Choosing an Ankle Brace

Choosing an Ankle BraceWhen choosing an ankle brace, it is important to understand the type of ankle injury and severity of your ankle injury. Ankle braces are designed to help in restoring mobility and giving post injury support in the ankle area while maintaining a full range of physical activity.

It is used for either medical or athletic needs. The products that are geared toward medical markets seek to prevent pain, further injury as well as help patients heals quickly and comfortably while recuperating.

On the other hand, athletic ankle braces can be of two choices – lace up or rigid brace supports. The former stabilizes the ankle area and helps prevent injury while at play.

These types of braces have inside parts that laced up like a shoelace. On the outer portion, a stirrup strap that is wrapped around like a figure of six can be found for added support. They cost from $30 to $40 and are available in most sporting goods stores. The rigid brace gives the highest level of preventive support, and assist in the faster rehabilitation of injury. The prices range from $40 to $50 depending on choice and support needs.

Ankle Sprain and Medical Intervention

An ankle sprain is encountered when there is injury to the ligaments. When injury of this nature occurs, there would visibly be injuries to the muscle and tendon area too or otherwise known as muscle strain. . There are three types of muscle sprain:

1. First Degree Sprain – happens when the ligaments are overstretched past its limits but is not torn. Symptoms include: mild pain, some swelling, joint stiffness or difficulty in walking and stretching. Normal activities can be engaged in one or two weeks.

2. Second Degree Sprain – most common type of ankle pains that include partial tearing of the ligament with mild to moderate swelling and stiffness in the ankle area. Symptoms are: instability of the joints, swelling and stiffness in the affected area, difficulty in mobility, and moderate to severe pain. Normal activity can return after two weeks or a month after the injury.

3. Third Degree Sprain – this type of injury requires immediate medical attention where there is a total rupture of the ligaments. This situation can result in a chronic situation if not repaired or healed properly. The symptoms are: severe pain then followed by no pain, instability in the joint area, and severe swelling. Healing can last from three (3) months to one (1) year depending on the severity of the injury.

What Type of Ankle Brace Is Required

1. For First Degree Sprain – it would be well advised to use lightweight support braces. These types of braces give support and warmth to the affected area. They are made of elastic materials that can be stretched to provide ample support to the ankle joint. Many mild support ankle joints have metals that are sewn into the fabric to stabilize both sides of the ankle. These are mostly used for non contact sports, cheer and dance activities, and for daily walking.

2. For Second Degree Sprain – moderate ankle support braces are designed to help overused ankle injuries or ankle rollovers. For those playing high contact sports, it is well advised that this type of support be used, especially those who may have suffered ankle injuries in the past. This type of support also helps stabilize the injured ankle to enable the patient to walk.

3. For Third Degree Sprain – for those who experienced a severe ankle sprain, maximum braces will have to be used to help in the healing process. These types of braces are also used by athletes – example, ankle braces for soccer, who are into high contact sports to prevent first time injury or the re-occurrence of injury. These braces provide more protection than regular ankle braces and are ideal for healing injured ligaments and tendons. The used of these supports also help enable the patient to walk and move around while being healed.You can find a wide array of braces to meet all of your needs at BraceShop.com

Product Review – ASO Ankle Brace For Ankle Instability

One of the most widely used ankle braces for Tennis and Basketball is the ASO Ankle Support by MedSpec. Used by thousands of athletes for chronic ankle sprains and ankle instability, the ASO has earned a reputation as the brace the Professional’s wear. Roger Federer and Andy Roddick made the ASO famous, when both suffered ankle injuries before the US Open.

The ASO Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis is one of the most popular ankle supports with coaches, trainers and physical therapists. The contoured tongue provides exceptional fit and is constructed of light-weight yet durable Cool Flex material.

This material also lines the inside back of the boot, providing increased comfort to the Achilles area. The polyester-cotton laces are strong and resist shrinking. The Elastic cuff closure decreases the amount of inversion possible.

The featured ballistic nylon straps wrap in a figure 8 configuration replicating ankle taping, and the ballistic nylon base provides tremendous strength to the brace. The brace is very low profile and will fit in any type of shoe. It is a great choice for preventing or treating ankle sprains. The longevity of brace and high quality control standards of MedSpec make this a great choice for all sports. The brace is made in the USA.

The ASO ankle brace is also available with medial and lateral plastic stays. This feature enhances proprioceptive protection by some patients and medical practitioners, especially during the acute phase of ankle sprain treatments.

I have found the ASO to be one of the most durable and adjustable of all the fabric style ankle braces. It is sometimes preferred over more rigid stirrup braces, because of the adjustability of the figure 8 straps. The tighter you pull on the straps, the more the ankle locks into place. This feature is lacking in many stirrup braces. With the added bulk of a stirrup brace, this is a great feature for sports that have tight fitting shoes, such as cleats.

So if you or your team is interested in a durable, adjustable and comfortable ankle brace, The ASO Ankle Brace by MedSpec is your best choice.  For more information on this brace including sizing information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.

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