Top 5 Ankle Supports for Running 2019
Friday, 9 August 2019
Running is one of the most effective and rewarding ways to stay fit, but it can come with drawbacks. The constant pounding of your feet against the ground can put a lot of stress on your joints, and your ankles aren't immune.
All it takes is one awkward step off a kerb, or one unexpected dip in terrain, and you're looking at a sprain that can leave you out of action for weeks – or worse. That's why choosing the best ankle support for running is crucial, whether you're looking to avoid injury or get back out there after suffering one.
What Should I Look for in a Running Ankle Support?
While there are plenty of important factors that make a great ankle brace, we've boiled it down to the three that should be at the front of your mind:
Our Top All Round Ankle Support for Running
Donjoy Strapping Elastic Ankle Support
We'll start at the top with a brace that provides an ideal combination of support and slim design: the Donjoy Strapping Elastic Ankle Support. This anatomically-knitted brace is made with multi-directional elastic fabric, allowing it to provide a great stability boost with almost no bulk. With a high level of compression, this support is ideal both in the latter stages of your recovery and when you want to prevent injury to a problematic ankle.
Key Feature: Combines stability and compression with low bulk
Best Ankle Brace for Rollover Protection
Aircast A60 Ankle Brace
Rolled ankles are the worst nightmare when you're out on a run, and the Aircast A60 Ankle Brace is on its own as the best choice for rollover protection. The secret is the uniquely thin plastic stabiliser that goes from one side of your ankle to the other, stopping your ankle's side movement at 60° – which happens to be the perfect level of support for preventing rollover during activity, all without making your shoes uncomfortable.
Key Features: Provides unrivalled rollover protection; fits easily into running shoes
Best Running Ankle Support for Arthritis
Bauerfeind MalleoTrain Ankle Support
Arthritis can be just as detrimental to your running progress as an acute injury, and for this there's no better choice than the Bauerfeind MalleoTrain Ankle Support. Highly stabilising, this brace actually features two viscoelastic pads that will subtly massage the ankle as you run, helping to reduce the pain and swelling that arthritis often causes. Intelligently designed with an anatomical fit, this is a perfect choice for anyone looking for peace of mind in their arthritic or unstable ankles.
Key Feature: Massages the ankle to reduce pain and swelling as you move
Most Comfortable and Breathable Ankle Support
Neo G Airflow Ankle Support
If you're looking for a brace to provide compression and a bit more stability when your ankle's recovered, compression and comfort are key. The Neo G Airflow Ankle Support is designed to provide compression without any added heat or discomfort, giving you support you can barely feel. The compression will keep your blood flowing and your muscles warm, and the slimline design fits seamlessly into your runners.
Key Feature: Low-bulk, lightweight compression and light support
Best Simple, No-Nonsense Ankle Wrap
LP Elasticated Ankle Wrap
While most ankle supports are made with complex designs and space-age fabrics, some runners just like to strap up and get going – that's exactly who the LP Elasticated Ankle Wrap is for. Made with stretch fabric, this simple wrap lets you choose your own level of compression, providing anything from light to heavy-duty support. Perfect for simple compression, this a good choice if you know exactly how you want your ankle to feel when you hit the pavement.
Key Features: Simple and effective; lets you choose your own compression level
Still Haven't Decided?
If none of these options seem to be exactly what you're looking for, don't worry, as there's plenty more to see. You can take a look at our comprehensive rundown of our best ankle supports in our Top 10 Ankle Supports article, or browse everything we have to offer in our Ankle Supports and Braces category page.