Ossur Ankle Brace Review 2017
Ossur are world leaders in the provision of orthopedic support products and prosthetic limbs. In recent years they have expanded into the joint support market. Their unique background has allowed them to develop a cutting edge line of ankle protection and support products. In this article we zoom in on the top 4 products in the Ossur ankle range. We also compare them with 3 leading competitors.
The Best of Ossur
The Ossur Form Fit Ankle Brace is a blend between a ridge ankle stirrup and a soft ankle support. It is a fully encasing brace which provides a close, secure fit. This effectively prevents the ankle from such common sporting problems as roll over, inversion and eversion.
The secure lace up system allows you to be in control of the level of tension applied. It makes use of a quick lace design which also makes it very quick to get on and off. The Ossur Form Fit is made from a very lightweight, breathable material which feels great against the skin. It allows for maximum aeration and ensures that the brace will not overheat. A Figure 8 strapping system provides a very good level of compression, allowing for speedier transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the area.
This brace is best suited for moderate ankle sprains and strains.
- Breathable material
- Fast lacing system
- Figure 8 strapping system
- Sizing is a little small
The GameDay Figure 8 ankle brace is a more flexible brace than the Ossur Form Fit. It provides a ballistic nylon shell which provides a high level of rigid support while not inhibiting the natural movement of the foot. An inner non slip coating prevents your foot from slipping while you’re moving around. The nylon shell is also impressively durable.
Removable semi-rigid stays offer a good level of side support, ensuring that medial / lateral integrity is maintained as you walk or run. This brace features a low profile design that is ergonomically designed to contour to the shape of your foot. It will work in naturally with any shoe design. This is a very effective brace for people who have already suffered from ankle strain and sprain and are working back into their sport. This is also an effective support to help correct chronic instability.
- Figure 8 strapping system
- Inner non slip coating
- Removable semi-rigid stays
- Velcro not strong enough
The Ossur AFO Leaf Spring is a brace that has been specifically designed to support people with flaccid drop foot problems. It features an Injection-molded polypropylene ankle support, which gives maximum protection while conforming to the foot perfectly. The brace features variables thicknesses throughout, greatly increasing its overall strength. You also get a good level of toe clearance and support with this brace.
The Leaf Spring brace is totally customizable to the shape and size of your foot. The foot portion is thin and flexible and can easily be trimmed to size. There is no heel section to this brace, which makes it far more comfortable to use. This is a very lightweight product with a minimalistic design that is unobtrusive on the foot. It can be easily worn with any shoe. It comes in both small and large versions, with the change-over height being 5’8”.
- Designed for flaccid drop foot
- Injection-molded polypropylene ankle support
- Fully customizable
- May cause soreness in heel with prolonged use
The Ossur Cold Rush Foot and Ankle Pad ha a unique unbroken loop design that delivers continuous cold rush therapy to your injured ankle. It is designed to fit seamlessly under your sock or shoe, being very slim-line and lightweight in its design. In addition to providing relief to your ankle, this brace will also work for other areas of the body, including the knee, shoulder, elbow and lower back.
The Ossur Cold Rush Foot and Ankle Pad has plastic straps that keep the brace securely in place. As well as being used as a stand alone brace it can be used with the post-operative bracing system that has been recommended by your medical professional.
- Cold rush therapy
- Slimline design
- Works for other areas
- Inconvenient hose placement
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In this section, we take a close look at 3 Ossur alternatives; the Mueller ATF2, the DonJoy Stabilizing Speed Pro Ankle and the Sleeve Star Plantar Fasciitis foot brace.
The Mueller ATF2 Ankle Brace is a self adjusting lace up that provides you with a high level of customized tension to the entire foot area. It is especially beneficial if you have issues with the anterior talofibular ligament. While it doesn’t provide quite as much rigidity as the Ossur Form Fit Ankle Brace , it does give you a greater level of mobility so that you can continue to perform on the sports field.
This brace is extremely breathable and lightweight, providing for the aeration you need to prevent over- heating. A single fabric layer covers the ankle, providing a very slimline profile that works easily with any type of footwear. Rigid ankle stays on either side of the support deliver effective lateral / medial protection.
- Self adjusts
- Lightweight and breathable
- Latex free
- Difficult to get on and off
The DonJoy Stabilizing Speed Pro Ankle provides you with an excellent balance of secure rigidity and flexibility. A lot of that ability comes from its unique construction material of 800D ballistic nylon. This is a very lightweight breathable and flexible material which is also extremely durable and hard wearing. The addition of a fast fix lace up system provides extra tension and puts you in control of the level of compression applied.
The DonJoy Stabilizing Speed Pro Ankle is fitted with a fully circumferential elastic strap which enhances the support provided to the tibia. It also features removable side stays which ensure that your foot is properly aligned, which helps to deal with over pronation and inversion issues.
- 800D Ballistic Nylon
- Lightweight, low profile
- Fully circumferential elastic strap
- Straps need to be more secure
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The Sleeve Star Plantar Fasciitis foot sleeve is a flexible yet sturdy brace that has been primarily designed to help people overcome plantar fasciitis injuries. An extra compression strap allows for enhanced compression to enhance circulation and oxygen transportation to the injured area. This is a very comfortable brace that features a soft inner lining with good moisture wicking ability. It also has built-in odor protection and sweat resistance.
The Sleeve Star Plantar Fasciitis foot sleeve comes in a slimline low profile design, which makes it an easy brace to slip under your sock or into your shoe. This is a good alternative to the GameDay Figure 8 ankle brace from Ossur. It offers a similar level of support yet provides a greater range of ankle mobility.
- Compression support
- Extra compression strap
- Soft inner lining
- Has a strong smell of petroleum
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Ossur are world leaders in orthotics who have recently moved into the joint support space. Our top rated brace is the Ossur Form Fit Ankle Brace, which provides a Figure 8 strapping system, fast lace up and lightweight, breathable material. We were also impressed with the GameDay Figure 8 ankle brace, featuring an inner non slip coating so you won’t slide around and removable semi-rigid stays.
Rounding out our top 3 Ossur ankle braces is the Ossur AFO Leaf Spring, which is specifically designed for flaccid drop foot and features a fully customizable Injection-molded polypropylene ankle support.
When it comes to Ossur alternatives, we were very impressed with the Mueller ATF2 Ankle Brace, which provides rigid ankle stays similar to the Game Day Figure 8, but with a greater range of motion. The DonJoy Stabilizing Speed Pro Ankle is made from a very responsive 800D ballistic nylon and a fully circumferential elastic strap.
Finally, the Sleeve Star Plantar Fasciitis foot sleeve delivers better compressive support than the GameDay Figure 8 and has a softer inner lining.