If you are suffering from an injury on your ankle or worse, had surgery, chances are you already have an idea of how painful it can be. One of the best rehabilitation gears that can help you in this regard is the ankle brace.
And a good example of such item is the Aircast AirSport ankle support brace, which not only functions therapeutically but also prophylactically.
Ankle injuries are some of the most common physical impairments that athletes can experience. This can range from a simple inflammation or sprain to something more serious like fractures. However, it’s not only the athletes that run the risk of facing such predicaments – it can occur in everyday life too.
If you have any experience of ankle braces, then you’ll likely notice that the AirSport ankle support brace by Aircast is a bit on the bulky side. But this is not a bad thing since this slightly more rigid design is aimed to prevent and aid recovery from higher-grade ankle injuries. Surprisingly, the product still manages to remain light despite the bulk, thanks to some advanced design features.
Other details of the Aircast AirSport ankle brace:
- Available for left or right foot
- Unisex model for men and women
- Sizes available: extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large
- Made from nylon/spandex coated in fabric and latex free
- Semi-rigid encased shell for Grade I and II ankle sprains
- Adjustable Velcro strap
- Features the clinically proven Air-Stirrup Ankle Brace that provides comfort and support to both sides of the ankle
Immobilization is one of the best ways to assist an injured body part in healing, especially for areas that are held by ligaments, such as the ankle. Although ligaments are tough and flexible fibrous connective tissues, they are not exempt from wears and tears. This is where Aircast’s AirSport ankle support brace comes into play.
Strong, rigid support for any injury with no risks of damaging your joint further
This Aircast ankle brace utilizes the advanced air cell technology. With it, your foot is firmly held in place and guided in the proper motion, which ultimately results in a lesser risk of harm to your injury.
This technology, plus the semi-rigid encased shell that comes with it, all provide moderate compression to your entire foot and ankle, giving it that comfortable and unhampered fit.
The AirSport ankle brace of Aircast is perfect for active people or athletes recovering from Grade I or Grade II ankle sprains. The AirSport is also recommended for anybody that is looking to prevent ankle sprains in general. Because of its semi-rigid encased shell, the ankle support brace provides stability and comfort to the ankle. Compared to the Aircast A60 ankle support, that doesn’t have this extra hard shell; the AirSport feels a lot more stable and better support for your ankle and entire foot.
The right amount of compression is important in preventing further swelling and edema of an injured body part. And because your feet and ankles support a great deal of your body’s weight, they are also more prone to such complications. But by having a brace that can provide ideal pressure and support, you also keep any further inflammation at bay, thus increasing your healing rate.
Another great contributor to faster healing of an injured ankle, is immobilization, just as mentioned above. Accidentally twisting your injured foot, or even the slightest inward (inversion) or outward (eversion) movements of it, can exacerbate your current condition, not to mention it will cause you excruciating pain. So by controlling the movement of your injured foot, you also prevent adding further damage to it, especially in post-surgery cases.
The Aircast brace brand also provides ample breathing room to your entire foot up to your ankle. If you are not yet aware, breathability is another important feature that all ankle braces should have. By letting your foot breath, moisture build-up is prevented.
Germs and bacteria are naturally drawn to wet areas. So by minimizing the amount of perspiration that collects on your injured foot, the gathering of bacteria is also lessened. Through this, the chances of infection are significantly evaded, particularly for those that are still recovering from surgical wounds.
The benefits of a well-ventilated ankle brace are not only seen in those healing from an injury, but it is also as beneficial for athletes. By preventing excessive sweating, which usually comes with the physically demanding movements that sporty individuals do, skin irritations and bad odors are also abated.
As for the binding method, the Aircast AirSport ankle brace provides an ATF (anterior talofibular) cross strap. The ATF cross strap is not only easy to bind but is also very secure. This is further reinforced by the unit’s integral forefoot and shin wraps. Together, these features form a framework that is both gentle and firm in any foot and ankle shape, which is perfect for managing all sorts of ankle injuries.
Another notable design aspect of the Aircast ankle brace is its unique step-in build, wherein toes are first inserted into the back of the brace. With this, along with the brace’s automatic heel adjustment, putting on the product fast and easy is guaranteed.
Regarding the size, the AirSport ankle brace comes in 5 different sizes, which are all based on standard shoe sizes. However, the exact range for each shoe size may vary depending on your country, so please refer to the size chart below.
Pros and Cons
One of the main selling point of the AirSport ankle brace by Aircast is its ideal compression, which keeps an injured ankle from swelling any further, but also without causing pain or being too restrictive. This is mostly thanks to the unit’s impressive air cell technology.
The stabilization of this brace is also well incorporated due to its ATF cross straps, as well as its forefoot and shin wraps. These help in keeping your foot in a firm hold, thus avoiding any unwanted, not to mention potentially aggravating, motions.
Although this brace can still be used during training or physical activities to prevent ankle sprains, its limited range of motion may sometimes impede your full performance.