These products have been selected as wrap around, one size solutions that provide additional stabilization around the ankle either through the support itself, additional metal stays, gel pads or air filled pads. The Ankle Support with Figure of 8 Strap and the Stabilized Ankle Support with Figure of 8 Strap are from the Variable Compression System range (VCS), made from heat therapeutic neoprene, which works to warm muscles and joints and both have additional stabilization to the ankle complex. The Ankle Support with Figure of 8 Strap provides moderate support through tightening of the strap. The Stabilized Ankle Support with Figure of 8 Strap provides moderate to firm support and additional metal stays.
The Ankle Brace with Gel Pad and Ankle Brace with Air Cushions both are from the VCS range but are not made of neoprene, both these supports offer moderate to firm support level. The Ankle Brace with Air Cushions provides support to the medial and lateral aspect of the ankle joint via inflating air cushion which can be deflated as swelling reduces or less support is required. The Ankle Brace with Gel Pad is similar but contains two gel cushions which can be cooled and inserted to help reduce swelling.
If you have a particularly weak ankle, or have suffered a high ankle sprain, the Ankle Brace with Gel Pad or the Ankle Brace with Air Cushions may be for you as they will keep the ankle in a more secure position than the two neoprene supports. The Ankle Support with Figure of 8 Strap following the Stabilized Ankle Support with Figure of 8 Strap, can be used as a step down from the Gel Padded and Air Cushioned Braces as rehabilitation of the ankle continues and less support is required but you still have an issue with swelling.
You will need more support the earlier you are in your recovery journey from injury or if you are in the later stages of arthritis.
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