Ankle braces are often used to provide support and improve the stability of the ankle. Using an ankle brace can be part of the treatment for a sprained ankle or to prevent a sprain. An ankle sprain can be caused by the ankle turning outward, which is prevented by a brace. During treatment for a ankle sprain, an ankle brace can reduce the pressure on the ankle and help reduce swelling.
If a person is prone to inversion or eversion, the person is susceptible to sustaining or aggravating an ankle injury. Inversion is an abnormal turning in of the foot. Inversion, often during a fall, is a common cause of ankle sprains. Eversion is an outward turning of the foot. The cross-strap of the aircast gel ankle brace prevents the ankle from rolling inward or outward while walking.
The aircast gel ankle brace is designed so that it can be worn with most athletic shoes. Aircast ankle braces contain foam supports that are inflated. The air-filled foam supports are often referred to as gel supports. Gel supports are a general term used to describe supports that are not solid or liquid. The outside of the braces are rigid for firm support. The ankle of the brace adjusts automatically to the width of the heel of the user. They have adjustable straps, so one size fits all.
Aircast AirSport ankle braces are made from nylon, neoprene, polyester, polyurethane, PVC coating, and polyether foam. The fabric is coated to increase the durability of the brace. If it becomes necessary to was the aircast gel ankle brace, it can be hand-washed in warm water and laid flat to dry.
An aircast gel ankle brace should not be used at high altitudes. Usage at high altitudes can cause the air-filled supports to expand too much. When using any ankle brace, the wearer should not adjust the straps too tightly as this may impede proper circulation or cause sores.
People need extra support of the ankles for a variety of reasons. Besides the prevention and treatment of sprained or weak ankles, aircast gel ankle braces are sometimes used by people with arthritis or who have had other ankle injuries. Aircast braces are also available for leg support. If the aircast gel ankle braces are not available locally, there are numerous merchants on the Internet that sell these braces.