How tight should an ankle brace be

How to Get the Perfect Fit with Your Ankle Brace

When it comes to ankle braces, it can be difficult to tell if you’re getting the right fit if you’ve never used one before. An ankle brace that’s too loose can leave you feeling like you don’t have the support you need to get through your day, while an ankle brace that’s too tight can leave your skin sore and irritated by the end of the day. For a comfortable fit that ensures that your ankle brace will serve its purpose without sacrificing your comfort, follow these tips on how to get the perfect fit with your ankle brace.

Choosing the right ankle brace

An ankle brace may seem like a no-brainer, but there are hundreds of options on the market today. It’s essential that you choose one that fits well for your injury and helps you accomplish your rehab goals. Determine what type of brace is best suited for your needs: A doctor or physical therapist can help guide you in choosing the best option based on factors such as what type of ankle injury you have and how long it will take to heal.

Lacing it up

Wear your ankle brace and lace it up before you put on socks or shoes. Lace your shoe tightly, but be careful not to over-tighten. The Velcro strap should close all of the way, but it shouldn’t be cutting off circulation. If you can’t get it closed, or if there is too much room for a finger between your skin and the Velcro, try another size of brace. It's better to have a brace that's too tight than one that isn't tight enough.

After you’ve laced it up, check these next steps

With your weight on your good foot, stand on a flat surface and gently push down into each of your heel cups. If it hurts at all, you’ll know you need to tighten (or loosen) a bit more. If there’s not enough pressure or support in any part of your brace, something is wrong; don’t move forward until it feels right! Also, when walking around in your ankle brace, make sure it's comfortable. If the heel cup digs into your ankle bone after walking for just five minutes or so, then either tighten the straps up a little more, or loosen them if that doesn't help. Once you find that perfect fit for your ankle brace, remember to make small adjustments periodically as needed! It should be snug enough to provide relief from pain, but not too tight that it cuts off circulation.