How to Brace a Sprained Ankle

If you’ve sprained your ankle a brace may be recommended to provide support for walking or running. 

But which brace should you choose? 

As long as you don’t have a “high” ankle sprain or a broken bone, a lace-up style brace can be very helpful. 

Here’s how to brace your ankle so that you can best support your injury and reduce pain: 


  • Lace-up ankle brace (we like ASO or PRO brand) sized according to your shoe size
  • Tall, well-fitting socks that come up higher than the brace
  • Shoes or boots you intend to wear with the brace


See the video tutorial here:

What if the brace makes the pain worse?

Try re-applying the steering straps with less tension, or loosen the laces.  If these tips don’t work, you may need a different brace or you may have a different injury (sometimes a “high” ankle sprain). Find a physical therapist or other sports medicine professional who can identify the problem and make the best recommendations for your injury. 

Do you have an ankle sprain that’s not getting better? Scar tissue, muscle imbalances, or stiff joints could be causing the problem. If you have questions, reach out to us. We answer every question.

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