Custom Ankle and Foot Braces Questions and Answers
If you have recently received an injury or if you want to prevent future injuries, custom ankle braces and foot braces are one of the best options to choose from. Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today! We have four locations across Illinois in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL.
Everyone takes thousands of steps every day. If you exercise regularly or play a sport the twisting, turning and pounding can sometimes cause ankle sprains and other injuries. Many times, an injured person may purchase an over-the-counter ankle brace to help remedy the problem. There are many different types of braces offering varying degrees of support – which can be confusing.
Only a podiatrist experienced in complex ankle injuries can accurately diagnose the true nature of ankle issues. Our ankle and foot braces are matched to the severity of your problem, not a “one-size-fits-all” brace you can get at a drugstore. When one of the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists evaluates your foot and listens to your symptoms, we will work with you to find the best ankle support. The ankle and foot braces that we supply are made of superior materials than what you can buy in a store.
What is a custom brace?
A custom ankle brace is made according to the specific needs of each person. The custom ankle braces are made in many different styles according to the medical, biomechanical and environmental needs of the individual.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we recommend custom ankle braces for a wide variety of reasons, and the type of ankle bracing we offer depends on neuromuscular and musculoskeletal issues that are specific to each patient.
What are ankle braces used for?
Ankle braces are available almost everywhere, however custom ankle braces are only available at medical providers offices like Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialist . The main goal for custom ankle braces is to provide additional support following an injury or to prevent an ankle injury from occurring in the first place.
The ankle ligaments, muscle and tendon units as well as the bones of your ankle create the internal supports to keep your ankle safe. Custom ankle braces serve as external supports to limit certain motions, such as plantar flexion/inversion and provide awareness of where your ankle joint is in space.
How do I know if I need a foot brace?
After experiencing an ankle injury of any kind, it is important to consider rehabilitation as part of your treatment plan. Often, athletes still having ankle pain or who aren’t fully back to function are able to use a custom ankle and foot brace to help them properly heal over time.
Our doctors offer custom foot and ankle braces to temporarily immobilize the foot or ankle. These devices can be useful as a first step in helping to treat fractures or other injuries in case a cast needs to be applied later once swelling goes down.
A few common conditions that will render wearing a foot or ankle brace are:
- Joint dislocations
- Severe injuries to soft tissue
- Protection for the foot or ankle after surgery
Ankle injuries are likely the most under-treated problem that many people face and many times an injured person will attempt their own treatment and find their own ankle and foot braces – making the problem worse. A misdiagnosed, under-treated ankle sprain or ankle injury can eventually become a loose ankle or other long-term problem. We can help.
A Board-Certified podiatrist from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists will diagnose what the injury actually is: an ankle sprain, or something more complicated like a partial tear or torn ligament. We determine exactly what you need and what the treatment protocol should be. Throughout an evaluation, we interact and involve our patients with their treatment options, speeding up the healing process.
Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists for comprehensive treatment & innovative care from board-certified physicians. Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists have 4 locations to serve you in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL.