Ankle support braces are designed to offer relief from pain associated with arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis, and provide support to your ankle. The best ankle brace tends to provide thermal or compression therapy by immobilizing the joint while providing heat and compression to the bones. Some ankle and foot braces stay in place with wrap-around, figure-8 straps, while others utilize hook-and-loop closures or lace-up closures to stay securely on. Some rely on their tight compression fit to remain in place. Many ankle braces can fit either the left or right ankle. Be prepared for anything by picking up a knee brace or an elbow brace.
Ankle braces for ankles that have sustained an injury, such as a sprain, tend to feature more heavy-duty construction than those that function to provide relief from pain or to prevent injury. These ankle braces are generally designed specifically for the left or right ankle and are not interchangeable. Their construction features technologies which stabilize the ankle to help prevent it from rolling inward or outward, allowing damaged muscles, tendons and bones to heal properly.
Calf sleeves feature compression support for your lower leg to ease muscle stiffness and quicken recovery time after your workout is complete. Compression calf sleeves offer excellent support against calf strains, shin splints and varicose veins by encouraging circulation and blood flow. This type of sleeve helps flush out byproducts and lactic acid to reduce muscle fatigue for increased endurance and a quicker recovery time after an intense weight lifting session.