Ankle Braces & Foot Supports

  • sunmark Lamb's Wool Padding Aetna Felt Corporation 01093904233

    Sunmark

    sunmark Lamb's Wool Padding Adult

    100% lamb's wool protects tender areas between toes and soft corns. It separates toes to relieve pressure while allowing air to reach affected parts.Separates toes to relieve pressure while allowing air to reach affected parts For corns on top of toes,...

    $12.35
  • Green Drop Compression Socks Green Drop Compression LLC SOX-1454

    Green Drop

    Green Drop Compression Socks - Medical-Grade Infused Support

    Being active is your passion. Being sidelined by soreness, aches and pains is your nightmare. That’s why active people like you choose Green Drop Compression Socks. Only Green Drop infuses high-performance compression material and tapes with a unique...

    $24.99
  • HeelWedge Post-Op Shoe Darco International HQ1B

    HeelWedge

    HeelWedge Post-Op Shoe Small

    Darco's HeelWedge is clinically proven to reduce weight bearing pressure on the heel by shifting weight to the mid and forefoot promotes faster healing after surgery, trauma or when forefoot wounds or ulcerations are present. This post-op shoe is made of...

    $38.58
  • Hapad Metatarsal Bar Hapad MBM

    Hapad

    Hapad Metatarsal Bar, for the Foot Medium

    This metatarsal bar supports the entire metatarsal arch. Use it when pain, pressure or irritations extend into the big or little toe area. Locate the painful callus or sore spot on the bottom of the foot and determine on what part of the insole of the...

    $15.70
  • 3M Futuro Sport Deluxe Ankle Stabilizer 3M 46645ENR

    3M

    3M Futuro Sport Deluxe Ankle Stabilizer, for the Foot Adult

    The FUTURO™ Ankle Performance Stabilizer provides support to sore or injured ankles. It features a moderate-stabilizing design that provides customizable compression. The 3M™ Futuro™ Ankle Performance Stabilizer has adjustable closures for a customized...

    $25.48
  • Night Splint Darco International NS2B

    Darco International

    Night Splint, for the Foot Adult Medium

    Treat your plantar fasciitis while you sleep with a Darco pneumatic night splint. This plantar fasciitis night splint provides a gentle, sustained stretch to the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon with the easy-to-use integrated air system. Designed to...

    $56.24
  • Silipos Digit Pad Silipos 10065

    Silipos

    Silipos Digit Pad, for the Foot Small Medium

    Protect and reduce pain and discomfort associated with corns, calluses and hammertoe with the small/medium Silipos® Gel Pads. They contain medical-grade mineral oil that releases throughout the day to help soften and moisturize the rough, dry skin. This...

    $10.99
  • SlimLine Cast Boot Darco International SLQ1B

    SlimLine

    SlimLine Cast Boot Small

    Darco's SlimLine cast boot can be adapted to fiberglass casts, bulky compression bandages and a variety of wound-care applications, making it one of the most versatile cast shoes on the market.Square toe design acts as a protective bumper and gives the...

    $22.48
  • Darco OrthoWedge Post-Op Shoe Darco International OQ4B

    Darco

    Darco OrthoWedge Post-Op Shoe Large

    The DARCO® OrthoWedge™ is clinically proven to reduce weight bearing pressure on the forefoot which promotes faster healing after surgery, trauma or when forefoot wounds or ulcerations are present. This post-op shoe is made of durable material that has a...

    $30.16
  • SlimLine Cast Boot Darco International SLQ2B

    SlimLine

    SlimLine Cast Boot Medium

    Darco's SlimLine cast boot can be adapted to fiberglass casts, bulky compression bandages and a variety of wound-care applications, making it one of the most versatile cast shoes on the market.Square toe design acts as a protective bumper and gives the...

    $20.60

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.