Orthopedic Ankle Braces
If you've ever injured your ankle or have chronic ankle problems, your doctor may recommend that you wear an orthopedic ankle brace. At Walgreens, we offer a selection of ankle braces designed to give your ankles the support they need for you to get around safely and comfortably. Orthopedic ankle braces of varying types are available. Talk to your doctor and spend time exploring the various options in order to select the one that's right for you.
Rigid Ankle Braces
When you need maximum ankle support after an ankle sprain or other injury, rigid ankle braces are an option. Rigid ankle braces, as the name implies, provide firm, non-yielding support for a weak or injured ankle. These braces allow little or no movement.
Functional Ankle Braces
Another type of ankle brace called functional ankle braces, are made of softer, less rigid materials that allow some ankle flexion and extension while preventing side-to-side motion of the ankle. Many doctors recommend functional ankle braces because they don't restrict all movement of the ankle after an injury.
Lace-Up Ankle Braces
One type of functional ankle brace is made of soft but supportive material that laces up like a shoe for firm but comfortable support. The inside of these lace-up orthopedic ankle braces are made of material that absorbs moisture to prevent odor. In some cases, the material has been treated with an anti-microbial to reduce the growth of odor-causing bacteria and help keep your feet feeling dry and fresh.
Other types of functional ankle braces are made of materials like neoprene that retain heat while still letting your ankle breathe. Many of these models are equipped with ankle stabilizers and side reinforcements that reduce side-to-side ankle motion when you walk. The closures are adjustable so you can choose the level of support that's most comfortable for you. Some orthopedic ankle braces even have a built-in gel pack you can use to apply heat or cold to a sore or injured ankle.