Best Ankle Supports for Football 2020
2 CommentsSunday, 26 January 2020 | Eugene
If you play football, you know how important it is that your ankles are fully supported. Few sports involve the frequency and repetition of quick twisting, turning and running that are crucial for every good football player, so ankle support isn't optional – it's a must. This is especially true if you've injured your ankles in the past, as with each new injury aggravation becomes easier and time spent out of action becomes longer.
This fear doesn't have to keep you off the field though, as at Health and Care, we've put together a handy guide to help you choose an ankle support, with some helpful tips regarding what to look out for. We'll show you a few of our favourite ankle supports for football, along with some reasons why we think they separate themselves from the competition. After that, we'll provide some handy tips on how to choose the best ankle support for you. If you're looking for the best supports that have been perfectly designed for footballing ankles, look no further.
Our Best Ankle Brace for Football
When we're starting off a list of our favourite ankle braces, it would only seem fair to start with the best one around: the Aircast A60 Ankle Brace. While this support meets all of our footballing criteria, it's also the top choice of sporting superstars in other disciplines like Andy Murray and Rory McIlRoy, which should tell you all you need to know.
Made with a lightweight anatomical design, this support is specially made to fit into all sorts of sporting shoes and boots, no matter how slimline the fit. It includes sleek stabilising stays on either side of the ankle, guarding against sprains and providing some pretty serious support, and is made with Breath-O-Prene material to keep you cool while you perform.
Key Feature: Sleek design to fit your boots, rollover protection, and the choice of top athletes.
Best Football Ankle Support for Mild to Moderate Sprains
Next on the list is our top pick for restarting sports after mild to moderate sprains: the Thuasne Malleo Dynastab Boa Ankle Brace. This impressive support stands out as the easiest to fit, featuring Boa Lacing Technology that lets you adjust the support for perfect fit and feel with a few turns of the dial on the front.
Made with micro-aerated 3D knit fabric for maximum comfort and breathability, this brace adds some extra support with a lightweight metallic splint, providing a high level of support that should give you confidence on the pitch. Low-profile to fit even the flashiest football boots, this support is an ideal option for shaking off that rust from the bench.
Key Feature: Boa Lacing for a perfect fit in seconds; metallic splint combined with straps for maximum support.
Best Football Ankle Support for Post-Op Rehabilitation
If you're getting back into football after surgery, support and stability are key, but you'll also need a brace that keeps the blood circulating to keep your recovery on track. When you're ready to get back on the pitch, the Bauerfeind MalleoTrain S Ankle Support is our pick, as it provides stability while aiding circulation and activating the ankle's musculature.
Ideal for preventing those lateral twisting motions that can set your recovery back weeks or even months, this brace features a figure-of-8 strapping that simulates a stabilising functional tape bandage. It's also made with a three-dimensions Train Active knit, providing a comfortable fit.
Key Feature: Aids circulation and activates surrounding musculature; lateral twist prevention with comfortable fabric.
Three Keys to a Choosing the Best Football Ankle Support
Now that you've taken a look at the best ankle supports for football, we'll break down what sets them apart from the rest. The fact is, when it comes to football, most ankle supports just aren't designed properly. Some are uncomfortable in your shoes, some are unwieldy and complicated, and others are so bulky that they can ruin your first touch and kill off your game. After comparing countless ankle braces, here are our top keys to choosing an ankle support for football.
Ankle supports are no good if they're not, well, supportive. For football, you need one with good rollover protection to help stop you rolling your ankle. Rolling your ankle is the most common cause of ankle injury in football, so your support needs to stop excessive pronation (where your foot rolls inwards) and supination (where your foot rolls outwards).
When most footballers think of what they need in an ankle support, a low-bulk and slim brace is what comes to mind. Bulky ankle braces will not only ruin the fit of your favourite football boots, they'll hurt your first touch as well. Over the years you've learned how to use your foot to control the ball, so the last thing you want is to have to learn to deal with the effects of new contours, sharp edges and excessive padding.
While this key is wrapped up with our previous point as well, here we're focusing on materials and breathability. If your ankle brace is built for football, it will contain stays to provide support on either side, so it doesn't need a construction of rigid materials. These supportive stays allow football ankle supports to be made with cooling and forgiving materials that let you move and keep you comfortable.
Get Your Footballing Ankle Brace Today
Now that you've seen some of our favourite ankle braces, it's time to make a decision for yourself. Weigh up your needs, your style of play, and your budget, and ensure your ankles are properly supported. If you aren't convinced, you can check out our entire range of ankle supports by clicking here.
Have any questions about our braces, or want help deciding which one is for you? You can contact our Customer Care Team at 020 7720 2266, or contact us on Facebook and Twitter! If you have something else you'd like to add, why not tell us about it in the comments section below?
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