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Best Ankle Supports - Top 10 Ankle Supports 2019

Monday, 17 December 2018

At Health and Care, we're often asked by our customers: “Which ankle support is the best?” It's a great question. The truth is, it's hard to say what the absolute best support is, as each ankle brace is best for different users and needs. To help make your decision easier, we've had our Health and Care experts pick the top 10 ankle supports available, along with a breakdown of which needs each is best for.

What to Look for in an Ankle Support

When it comes to choosing the right ankle support, our experts look for three main criteria. These criteria vary in importance based on what you're looking for, and become even more important if you need your ankle support for sports or intense physical activity. These criteria are:

  • Support - This refers to the amount of protection your support will provide. Most often, this comes down to rollover prevention (i.e. your support's ability to stop your ankle rolling too far inwards or outwards) and compression.
  • Bulk - Different footwear will require lower amounts of bulk to be suitable for different uses. For example, football boots will require an especially low bulk support, as this type of footwear can be especially slim.
  • Comfort - If you're going to have to wear your support for long hours, it needs to be comfortable. This comes down to the softness of the materials and the breathability of the fabric – preventing abrasion on the skin and overheating respectively.

Health and Care’s Top 10 Ankle Supports 

Best Ankle Support for Football

Aircast A60 Ankle Brace

Aircast A60 Ankle SupportThis is a superb, all-round ankle support for sportspeople that provides excellent protection against ankle rollover and sprains. While we recommend it for football, the Aircast A60 Ankle Support is great for virtually all athletic footwear, and is used by tennis legend Andy Murray. This ankle support is incredibly slim, and has two internal struts running down either side of the ankle that are constantly working to prevent your ankle from collapsing or rolling over, which is a common cause of sprains.


Best Post-Surgery Ankle Brace

Bauerfeind CaligaLoc Ankle Brace

Bauerfeind CaligaLoc Ankle Brace

After surgery or a significant injury to your ankle, providing robust protection is crucial for your recovery. The Bauerfeind CaligaLoc Ankle Brace is recommended as a post-surgical ankle brace, and is also excellent for the conservative treatment of torn ankle ligaments. It can slip comfortably into most shoes for all-day protection, and can even be worn as a night time support for protection through the night. Supplied in contoured versions for the left and right ankle, this is a great choice for rigid ankle support.


Best Ankle Compression Support

Dynamix 4-Way Compression Ankle Support

Dynamic 4-Way Compression Ankle SupportFor most minor to moderate injuries to the ankle, compression, elevation and ice are the true keys to recovery. The Dynamix 4-Way Compression Ankle Support offers complete four-way support and strong compression, helping to reduce swelling, increase circulation and speed up the healing process. This simple, slim and comfortable brace can be your most important tool to boost your recovery, providing compression just where you need it with high-density knitted elastic fibres.


Best Ankle Support for Skates and Ski Boots

Silipos Gel Malleolar Ankle Cushion Pad Sleeve

Silipos Gel Malleolar Ankle Cushion Pad SleeveCertain types of footwear will catch on certain parts of the ankle, leading to friction that can cause blisters and discomfort. The Silipos Gel Malleolar Ankle Cushion Pad Sleeve provides gentle compression to the ankle, while also including two gel discs to relieve pressure on the protrusions at either side of the ankle. Ideal for speciality footwear like skates and ski boots, this ankle support actually includes mineral oil to soothe and moisturise the skin to help get rid of blisters and abrasion injuries.


Best Rigid Ankle Brace for Impact Protection

Donjoy Velocity Ankle Brace

Donjoy Velocity Ankle BraceIf you're looking to get back into sports and physical activity after an injury, you'll need some protection on top of the immobilisation most braces provide. The Donjoy Velocity Ankle Brace is designed to provide protection, restriction and compression, making it ideal for restarting sports after surgery or injury. Rigid uprights are included on either side of the ankle, providing robust protection from any impacts that might negatively affect your injury.


Best Ankle Support for Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis

Aircast Plantar Fasciitis AirHeel Ankle Brace

Aircast Plantar Fasciitis AirHeelWhile not a traditional ankle brace, our next selection is excellent for relieving conditions like Achilles tendonitis, heel pain and plantar fasciitis. The Aircast Plantar Fasciitis AirHeel Ankle Brace is designed to reduce pain and promote healing across the entire foot and ankle, applying targeted pulsating compression with each step. Lightweight and breathable with easy application, this support massages the plantar fascia to make walking more comfortable all day long.


Best Ankle Support for Torn Ligaments

Bauerfeind MalleoLoc Ankle Brace

Bauerfeind MalleoLoc Ankle BraceWhen you've suffered a torn ligament in your ankle, ensuring a proper walking motion with minimal twisting is key. The Bauerfeind MalleoLoc Ankle Brace is designed to stabilise the ankle and prevent lateral twisting, making it perfect for recovering from ligament tears and strains. Especially effective for healing twisting injuries and capsular ligament strains and tears, this brace will ensure a healthy heel-to-toe movement to facilitate healing and reduce injury-related ankle fatigue.


Best Ankle Support for Running

Donjoy Strapping Elastic Ankle Support

Donjoy Strapping Elastic Ankle SupportThe Donjoy Strapping Elastic Ankle Support provides support and compression and is ideal for those with chronic or acute ankle instability looking to prevent injury while regaining confidence in their running ability. Ideal for running and most sports, the Elastic Ankle Support features an additional elastic strap for added ankle support and compression. This strapping support is latex-free and constructed with an anatomical, multi-directional elastic fabric for improved compression, ensuring it'll stay comfortable through your entire run.


Best Ankle Support for Sprains

Donjoy Malleoforce Elastic Knitted Ankle Support

Donjoy Malleoforce Elastic Knitted Ankle SupportFor the treatment of minor sprains, you'll need an ankle support that keeps the ankle in the correct position to give you confidence while going about your day. The Donjoy Malleoforce Elastic Knitted Ankle Support is breathable to allow comfort during all-day wear, and allows normal movement with optimal compression to make this one of our most versatile all-round ankle supports for most minor ankle injuries.


Best Sports Ankle Support

Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace

Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace While it's hard to beat the A60 when it comes to slim, low-profile support, this next brace provides slightly more rigid support, and is a perfect option when boots aren't overly restrictive. The Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace compresses and stabilises the ankle with a semi-rigid shell and an anterior talofibular cross-strap, providing powerful protection from rollover and instability. Designed with foam-filled aircells to cushion the ankle, this support can provide a customised level of compression for reduction of pain and swelling.


Best Braces for Ankle Injuries

Our ankle supports are selected according to stringent criteria to ensure we offer quality products to our customers. Our team of ankle support and ankle brace experts have gone over our extensive range with a fine-toothed comb, ensuring almost all common injuries and ailments are catered to on this list.

While we're confident in these selections, there are plenty of ankle support options available at Health and Care for virtually any injury. To browse our entire selection, feel free to take a look at our entire Ankle Supports & Ankle Braces section, filled to the brim with the best ankle braces around, as sourced by our experts.

Get in Touch!

Do you have any questions about our ankle supports, or any of our other products for ankle rehabilitation and protection? Please don't hesitate to let us know in the comments, call our Customer Care Team at 020 7720 2266, or find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Tags: Aircast A60 Ankle Brace, Ankle Pain, Foot and Ankle Pain, Football, Sports Supports and Braces

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Aircast A60 Ankle Brace
  • Prevents rollover and ankle sprains with a plastic stabiliser
  • Designed for professional and amateur athletes alike
  • Comfortable to wear in almost any trainer or shoe
  • Quick and easy to put on with a secure single strap

Bauerfeind CaligaLoc Ankle Brace
  • Perfect product for recovery from ankle injury
  • Ideal post surgery or as an alternative to surgery
  • Cushioned splint fastens securely to the foot with Velcro straps
  • Wear during the day within shoes or without as a postural/night time support

Dynamix 4-Way Compression Ankle Support
  • High-quality orthopaedic support for the ankle
  • Designed to reduce pain and swelling
  • Provides four-way support and compression
  • Available in four different sizes, from Small to Extra Large

Silipos Gel Malleolar Ankle Cushion Pad Sleeve
  • 2 gel discs cushion and relieve pressure on both sides of the ankle;
  • Cushions and protects the ankle against impact, pressure and rubbing;
  • Provides gentle compression to the ankle;
  • Ideal for ski boots, skates, cleats, shoes, boots and athletic footwear.

Donjoy Velocity Ankle Brace
  • Low-profile and lightweight support for added comfort
  • Features rigid uprights to protect ankle during impact
  • Prevents abnormal inversion/eversion and rotation
  • Compresses the tibia and fibula for added stability

Aircast Plantar Fasciitis AirHeel Ankle Brace
  • Designed to treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain
  • Made from lightweight and breathable fabric
  • Helps to reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Enhances circulation in the area

Bauerfeind MalleoLoc Ankle Brace
  • Stabilising ankle brace suitable for use after ankle injury
  • Ideal for twisting injuries, torn ligaments and capsular ligament strains
  • Anatomically self-shaping design for a perfect fit
  • Can be worn either with shoes or on its own

Donjoy Strapping Elastic Ankle Support
  • Suitable for ankle injury and instability
  • Supports and compresses the ankle
  • Ideal for preventative use in sports
  • Fits either the left or right ankle

Donjoy Malleoforce Elastic Knitted Ankle Support
  • Suitable for post operative and post injury
  • Allows ankle flexion for added comfort
  • Helps compress and stabilise the area
  • Ideal for a wide range of conditions

Aircast Airsport Ankle Brace
  • Designed with adjustable cross, shin and forefoot straps
  • Made with coated fabric to increase brace durability
  • Features aircells to cushion and support the ankle
  • Ideal for preventing and reducing ankle pain