Ankle Braces & Foot Supports

  • Gel Toe Spreaders Toe Spacer Silipos 11505

    Gel Toe Spreaders

    Gel Toe Spreaders Gel Toe Spacer, for Either Foot Small

    Package Count: 4. Gel toe spreaders help relieve pain of overlapping toes / toe drift and painful bunions Recommended for straightening and aligning toes Gel releases a medical grade mineral oil to lubricate skin as it separates troubled toes Washable

    $4.29
  • Ossur Soft Top Post-Op Shoe Ossur 18005

    Ossur

    Ossur Black Soft Top Post-Op Shoe Adult Female

    This Össur Women's Cast Shoe is made to fit size 7 to 8 women's shoe sizes. The cast shoe is intended for use during recovery from soft tissue procedures, post trauma and to relieve a geriatric or insensitive foot.Size medium The cotton-poly blend upper...

    $8.49
  • Ossur Soft Top Post-Op Shoe Ossur 18013

    Ossur

    Ossur Black Soft Top Post-Op Shoe Men's 4 - 6

    Suitable for use while you recover after a soft tissue procedure, post trauma or to relieve an insensitive or geriatric foot, this Össur Men's Soft-Top Post-Op Shoe features a cotton-poly blend upper that promotes air circulation. The contact closure...

    $8.49
  • McKesson Dorsal Night Splint McKesson Brand 155-14040L-XL

    McKesson

    McKesson Black Low Profile Dorsal Night Splint, for Either Foot

    McKesson's dorsal night splint holds the foot in a neutral position during sleep, helping to alleviate morning pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. It may also be used for other conditions where stabilization of...

    $14.99
  • Peg-Assist Insole Darco International PTQW2

    Peg-Assist

    Peg-Assist Insole Female 6-1/2 to 8

    Protect feet while they recover and heal with this women's Darco PegAssist™ Insole System. It works as an additional or replacement insole that fits inside a square-toe MedSurge protective shoe, cushioning feet from impact while walking. On the bottom of...

    Starting at $14.99
  • Freedom Accommodator Plantar Fasciitis Insole Alimed 6812

    Coloplast

    Freedom Accommodator Blue Plantar Fasciitis Insole

    Clinically proven to be an effective in the treatment of plantar fasciitis Provides gentle support to the arch and plantar fascia while absorbing shock from heel strike helping to manage daytime plantar fasciitis pain A soft top insole which molds to...

    Starting at $20.09
  • Peg-Assist Insole Darco International PTQM2

    Peg-Assist

    Peg-Assist Insole Medium

    The PegAssist™ Insole System is for individuals who are recovering from foot surgery or dealing with wounds or ulcers. It consists of a removable peg insole that allows the user to customize it to achieve maximum comfort and support. The men's Darco...

    Starting at $14.99

Ankle Braces & Foot Supports

 
Like other orthopedic support products, ankle braces and foot supports are low-tech, wearable medical devices. And like other orthopedic support products, they immobilize or provide support after an acute injury such as a sprain or strain. They may also relieve pain and reduce the likelihood of further injury from overuse or age-related wear-and-tear conditions such as osteoarthritis. They are also commonly used to treat fractures. 

What type of support do you need?
Ankle braces and supports — which offer foot support as well — come in several broad categories.

Compression sleeves and elastic supports:These offer light support and still allow the joint full range of motion. They are most often used for mild aches and pains or for athletic support to prevent injury.

Lace-up supports: These are semi-rigid and provide moderate support — usually to the ankle only — for sprains and strains. They are highly adjustable, easy to put on and off and fit any type of shoe. In addition, lace-ups may include removable plastic or metal stays to provide even more support.

Rigid braces: It usually includes rigid plastic panels and often has a hook and loop closure that allows you to adjust how tightly it fits. Some rigid braces may also have a hinge that allows the foot to move backward and forward but not from side to side.

Orthopedic foot supports and braces for the foot itself are more variable. They are more specialized to accommodate specific injuries or conditions (such as plantar fasciitis) or heel or arch pain symptoms. Common types of foot support include:
  • Night splints: Primarily for plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. They hold the foot in flexion through the night.
  • Arch support straps and sleeves: These are compression devices used for arch pain and fallen arches.
  • Bunion splints: Used for pain relief but may also be a non-surgical intervention for bunions.
  • Compression wraps: Primarily intended for pain relief, often from osteoarthritis.

Choosing the right support for you

When selecting the right product for your needs, keep in mind:
  • Level of support: Be sure to choose the correct level of support for your needs. If you’re not sure how much support is appropriate, talk with your doctor.
  • Size: Supports and braces should fit snugly but not be too tight. Make sure that your choice is adjustable to fit your unique body.
  • Material: Too much weight can be unwieldy, and some materials can be hot and uncomfortable when worn for long periods. For the most comfort, look for breathable material, lightweight, and, if possible, a low profile.