A couple of months before going to Sweden I went to the podiatrist for my right ankle. The sprain that occurred before my San Jose Spartan Race seemed to flare up again. During my runs and just walking around the house the pain began to get worse. Whenever I go to the doctor to ask about an injury, I am nervous they will want me to stop all physical activity involving the injured area. Yet, the podiatrist I saw actually encourage me to keep being physically active, but in a cautious manner. They recommended for me to purchase the Aircast A60 Ankle Brace.
Just the words of an ankle brace have me tense up. I dislike the idea of my ankle relying on something external. The more it relies on the brace the less likely it will strengthen to its previous state. However, the podiatrist assured me that this brace is different. They explained the brace allows more flexibility compared to other ankle braces. There is support on the lateral and medial sides of the ankle but less support on the anterior and posterior. I loved this because it allowed me to run at my normal gait. My foot was still able to flex and extend, but now I had the extra support to prevent any ankle rolling. Since living in Sweden, there are numerous trail runs and I have had my fare share of possibly rolling my ankle. The Aircast A60 was there to prevent any such thing.
The brace is extremely comfortable. I always wear it with a sock underneath. There is a neoprene sleeve that wraps around your ankle. On either side exists plastic plates to prevent rolling and closer to the top of the ankle joint is Velcro to put it into place. Then there is a strap that wraps around your ankle in a spiral to lock it into place. Since it allows me to run my normal gait, I forget about it shortly after starting my run. It is not overpowering, and gives a more soothing feeling while wearing it. I have taken it on some longer runs and there has been discomfort what so ever.
I would thoroughly recommend the Aircast A60 Ankle Brace. It has helped me a ton to speed up the recovery process. In addition, the neoprene allows for greater water resistance compared to other braces. So, you are still able to wear it during that obstacle race you don’t want to miss.
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