Ankle Support

Braces | Sleeves | Copper | Compression

Ankle and foot injuries are painful! We can help you reduce that pain or prevent the injury altogether. Whether you’re dealing with inflammation, Plantar Fasciitis, tendonitis or just want to protect yourself from injury, compression sleeves offer ankle support that will help keep you mobile. Plus, we’ve made comfort a high priority. Our signature ankle sleeve designs feature silicone gel inserts for custom support and we use only high-quality copper-infused materials that help eliminate sweat and odor so you stay fresh and comfortable all day long.

Ankle Braces vs Ankle Sleeves – What is the Difference?

When it comes to ankle support gear, braces and sleeves are the two most common. While both provide support to ankle ligaments and muscles, there are quite a few differences between them. An ankle support that contains copper is often referred to as a copper ankle brace, but it’s usually a sleeve.

2 Main Differences

  1. Ankle braces are for injury recovery
  2. Ankle sleeves are for support to prevent injuries

Ankle Braces
Ankle braces are normally worn when there’s an existing injury. They help prevent further damage to ankle ligaments and muscles and also help with recovery.

Ankle Braces are made for people who suffer or have suffered a serious injury such as: ankle sprain (an injury to the ligaments), ankle strain (a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon), and ankle fracture (a break in a bone), or other similar injuries to tendons (join muscles to bone) and cartilage (cushions your joints). The braces are usually made of neoprene with additional support such as metallic hinges to support the ankle during movement.

Ankle Sleeves
While ankle braces basically act like a “substitute ankle,” ankle support sleeves on the other hand do not limit or replace the function of a normal ankle. Instead, they’re mainly used for regular ankle support to prevent injuries. Ankle sleeves are usually used by people with weaker ankles.

The most highlighted feature in an ankle sleeve is the compression it provides. Compression restricts muscle oscillation and narrows blood vessels, which translates to less stress on the muscles and faster, more efficient blood flow to and from the foot area. Muscles, ligaments and tendons endure a lot of stress during walking, running, or jumping.

Efficient blood flow is needed to eliminate the waste produced by the muscles (e.g. lactic acid) and to bring oxygen and necessary nutrients to the muscles, which facilitates faster recovery. As a result, you’ll experience reduced discomfort, pain and swelling in just a matter of days.

The compression also reduces muscle vibration and ankle instability, providing you with a more stable foundation, which is very valuable during jumps, twists, and lifts.

Great for Warm-Ups
Ankle sleeves serve as a very helpful aid during warm-ups since they warm and lubricate the joints.

When Should You Use an Ankle Support Compression Sleeve?

While some studies show ankle sleeves and lace-up braces can benefit athletic performance, other studies also reveal ankle sleeves help support the ankle during daily activities. So, when and for how long should you wear an ankle sleeve? The answer to this question depends on the compression grade of the sleeve.

High Compression
High compression sleeves such as our NeoAlly Ankle Sleeves can be used in sports like basketball and intense workouts such as weightlifting. Such high compression ankle sleeves are also good for joint pain relief and quick muscle recovery. However, due to the higher compression, this type of sleeve can cause discomfort or cut your blood circulation if worn for too long.

Moderate or Low Compression
The moderate or low compression grade ankle sleeves can be worn for a longer period of time, even overnight. Our Uptofit® Copper Ankle Sleeve, which combines copper with compression, provides moderate compression to the ankle and foot. The added benefit of copper prevents odor because of its anti-microbial properties. This types of ankle sleeve can be worn longer and kept on overnight.

FAQs + Learning Center

Yes, a compression sleeve will help ease your joint pain. The sleeve decreases pain by providing compression around the joint which not only helps control swelling but also increases blood flow to the area, decreasing pain. Compression sleeves are used to ease pain from injuries and ailments such as arthritis as well as provide support for the joint during daily activities and sports.
A compression sleeve provides joint support and also reduces swelling and narrows blood vessels; this translates to less stress on the muscles and faster, more efficient blood flow to and from the affected area. This facilitates faster recovery as efficient blood flow is very important in eliminating waste produced by the muscles and bringing oxygen and necessary nutrients to the area. That means reduced discomfort, pain and swelling in just a matter of days.

Compression also reduces muscle vibration and joint instability, providing you with more joint support and a stable foundation for a variety of sports and daily activities. Compression also boosts your lymphatic system and reduces inflammation, which can play a role in decreasing osteoarthritis pain and improving function. Lastly, compression sleeves serve as a very helpful aid during exercise warm-ups since they warm and lubricate the joints.

Yes. A compression sleeve is a good way to help ease the pain associated with arthritis, especially osteoarthritis. Joint supports provide compression that can reduce swelling and inflammation as well as warm the joint, which can help reduce stiffness. If you feel unsteady, compression sleeves allow for mobility and activity while supporting the joint.

We understand the pain and frustration associated with arthritis. Pain and discomfort often make the simplest of tasks difficult. Fortunately, the support of a compression sleeve is one way to manage osteoarthritis and get pain relief without surgery.

The reason compression is so important for arthritis is that it encourages blood flow through the blood vessels of the joint. Increased blood flow results in less pain and swelling during and after daily activities. Compression also boosts your lymphatic system and reduces inflammation.

Yes. Compression sleeves are mainly used for regular joint support to prevent injuries.
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