Few years ago, I snapped the ligaments in my ankle playing hockey. I was in agony and the ankle had swollen to elephant proportions. Could not get comfortable in any position I put the ankle in no matter what I did.
This is where the support came in. The support kind of fits like a sock. Once the swelling went down a tad, I could physically get it on, and from that point my recovery process could start.
Has breathsble material so it wont get all hot and smelly. Keeps the ankle nice and sturdy. I still use it now, even after the healing of the ankle. Gives that extra piece of mind during a game.
However if you have chosen this for recovery purposes, this will not give you the ability to walk around on the damaged ankle with no repocussions. You have to rest.
A useful product for those with weak ankles or currently injured. Would definately recommend to anyone.
~Size Guide~ (lp-supports.com)
Measure circumference just above the ankle bone.
I bought this ankle support when I twisted my ankle playing rugby. Once it started healing I wanted something to give me a bit more confidence when I started going out running and playing rugby again. As with all supports you need to make sure you buy the right size. I didn't measure my ankle before I bought this but I was lucky that I got the right size. I would definitely recommend measuring your ankle before you buy one of these supports.
The support pulls on like a sock and then there is a Velcro strap to secure it in position. This can be quite tight to put on and if your ankle is still sore or healing be careful as you can cause yourself a bit of pain when putting it on. It is not too thick so fits nicely under your sock and then in your shoe. The support is made from a material called Coolprene. This is meant to dissipate heat when you are wearing it to reduce sweating and heat discomfort, especially during prolonged use. On hot days it still did get very sweaty but I didn't really notice it until I took the support off so I guess this material works!
I found that this ankle support gave me a lot more confidence once I got back into my fitness. It sits snugly around your ankle and you can wear it for a long time without it becoming uncomfortable.
As I suffer of a really annoying hyper-mobility syndrome which gets me in pain when I walk long distances, I had to look for a good support which would aid me to feel more steady when I walk or jog. The Price of around 10 pounds is not expensive at all if you take into account the benefits you will get from it. The support feels really tight but somehow well designed to not stop the circulation to your toes which is a frequent issue with this type of products.
The material is really good and you will barely feel that you are wearing it on top of your socks. I really like the style which is high enough to hold your foot firmly but not really high to make you look like a severely disabled person.
For all this, I think that the LP are a good choice if you need a good support for your feet. Even if you twisted your ankle, since this support is very gentle with all the ligaments and bones in your foot, but with its steadiness you will feel how it quickly heals and the pain stops.
Years ago I sprained my ankle whilst playing netball and its amazing just what damage it did. Straight afterwards I couldn't walk on it for a couple of days and then when I did I could not wear heels for a long time. I was young back then and didn't really have money for physio but I wish I had of done it because now, about 10 years later I still get pain in that ankle if I drive for a long time and hold my ankle in a particular position for a long time or if I walk on it for a long time. Playing sports on it too can be a bit painful after a while so to help combat this I have a ankle support that really does wonders for my ankle whilst I am playing sport.
The ankle support is easy to put on. Its sort of a bit like a sock although it is open at the toe and also the heel. I think they make it like this so one size fits all as you can tailor it to fit your foot. The support slips on like you would put a sock on and then there is a velcro fastening that you pull and fasten over on the other side. You can pull this quite tight which is nice as I like to make it as tight as possible without disabling my foot so my ankle is really held in place and doesn't move around much when I am jumping or running. Being open at the toe and ankle enables you to sort of move it around and wiggle your foot to get the best possible fit.
I find this ankle support really quite comfortable. It is somewhat padded so it offers a bit of cushioning as well which is nice and I think the cushioning stops it from rubbing on the places where it is open, i.e. the toe and the ankle. The support is made of a breathable COOLPRENE covered with a COOLMAX lining to keep the skin dry and comfortable at all levels of physical activity and I have to say that this works as my foot is never overly hot or sweaty after I have been wearing this.
The only little problem I have with it is that it makes my foot a bit bigger than the other one so when you put on your trainers to play sport the trainer on my right foot is quite tight as it has to house this ankle support too and so its a little bit uncomfortable to begin with but once you start playing for a bit this gets better but you would have to be careful if your trainers are tight anyway that this support would actually fit in your shoe.
You can pick these up from places like Boots or speciality sports shops and for someone who has suffered from an ankle injury in the past they are a great help.
I have suffered with ankle problems ever since I was a teenager, and sprained my left ankle really badly playing football. It seems as though I get a flare up of some sort in that same ankle at least two / three times a year now, and I have become increasingly frustrated with visiting the doctors, only to be constantly told that it is just a sprain, or raised tendons, and the only thing to do is rest it, and keep it strapped up. The pain is really severe, and I often have to hop around when it is at it's very worst, and take Ibuprofen to relieve the pain a bit.
I have therefore used lots of ankle supports, bandages, and straps over the years, and I did have a very good York ankle strap which had served me well for the last 3 years or so, but it has gone missing during a recent house move!
Recently, I stupidly agreed to join a couple of friends on a local fun run - called the killer mile (it is certainly not fun!) which is taking place at Mow Cop in Staffordshire next week, and so I made the decision a few weeks back that I would have to purchase a new ankle strap to help get me through the practicing and the run itself.
As mentioned before, I have had a whole manner of straps and bandages over the years, but the adjustable straps seem to work best for me, because obviously they are adjustable to fit each individual ankle, and also they are a lot less painless to put on and take off compared to a sock style support.
I purchased my LP Extreme Ankle Support from Amazon (using some spare vouchers that I had), as it looked similar to the York one that I had previously owned. It cost me £13 which is pretty much in-line with most other straps, and this particular one came with free delivery.
It is basically a black strap support which is constructed from coolprene which is a breathable, stretchy material, along with a covering in coolmax, which is a soft and comfortable material aimed at helping to support and protect the ankle.
It is simple to put on, by simply placing your heel through the open hole, and wrapping the Velcro straps around the ankle and securing them at the opposite side.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
I think I have dropped on to a very good ankle strap with this extreme support from LP. I never really expected it to be as good as my previous support, but I would say that so far I think it is even better. It is simple to put on, and easy to secure, without causing much pain to the delicate throbbing ankle areas. This design of ankle straps is very common nowadays, with both the toes and the heel areas exposed to allow full flexibility in the foot, and to eliminate rubbing on the foot, whilst increasing the air circulation to the area.
I find it out performs my old strap in terms of wearing it under a sock, as my other one used to often need re-tightening towards the end of the day, but this one stays nice and tight, with no obvious movement. It also seems to be a snugger fit underneath the sock, compared to my old one, which must have been bulkier, as it was always difficult to put a shoe or trainer on if the strap was being worn under a sock.
Overall it seems to be a fantastic ankle support, which is very comfy to wear, and the material construction is actually very breathable, reducing the sweaty, smelly foot inside the strap that I have witnessed with other straps so many times. It is washable by hand wash only, and I have done this several times now with no problems and no visible reduction in quality to the strap or the Velcro ties.
I have now jogged / walked the killer mile about a dozen times using this strap, and up to now (touch wood) I have not experienced any pain, swelling, or throbbing in my ankle of any kind. This gives me great comfort that this strap is both supporting and protecting the weakness in my ankle.
Definitely recommended by me.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
I used this ankle support about five months ago when I injured my ankle while dancing and I was unable to work for about 4 weeks and I could not do a lot of physical exercise either. I already owned this support and had paid £12.99 for this support online as the comments seemed pretty positive at the time and ankle injuries can be an occupational habit, but not a nice one. Made from a combination of coolprene which allows the support to breath and coolmax which keeps my skin dry it is a very comfortable support to wear and my foot does not get all sweaty while wearing it.
It stretches comfortably into position and provides the necessary support with a cross over set of straps which are secured using velcro which makes them easy to adjust. Fitting is easy and once secure I felt really comfortable with the level of support that it provided. It has a soft inner which gives extra comfort especially if you are wearing it for a long time.
It is easy to wash in cold water and should be left to dry naturally, I found that there has been no loss of support or tightness after washing this item. It is so easy to keep clean that when I need to I will wear it in bed to provide extra support when I have initially hurt my ankle. There is enough flexibility in the support to allow some movement however it provides a great deal of rigid support as well.
This is a quality product and certainly one that I would have no problem in recommending, it fits my dainty ankle easily with no slippage and because it is adjustable it is supposed to be suitable for all foot sizes.
Having severe ligament damage in my left ankle a number of years ago prompted me to take better care of my joints, and whenever I take part in sports I make sure to wear supports in all the right places, sometimes just for caution as well as support. I've worn stretch pull on ankle supports as well as sport ankle bracelets, and these LV strap on supports caught me eye.
The first thing I noticed about them is how to put them on. The one thing about the stretch pull on ones is that they aren't adjustable, so whether they're tight or loose they never quite seem perfect. These ones have straps across the top of the foot and base of the ankle, which allows you to adjust it as necessary. Once you've done this and given your foot a few flexy movements to make sure it's done right, you're ready to go. It's a one size fits all product, aided by the straps which makes this quite inclusive in terms of product design. I did however, wonder about the support this would give all the way round the ankle.
I started by doing light exercises with it, just to test it, and soon found that the straps were noticeable on the front, whereas with other styles of support they're generally only noticeable at the top and bottom where it ends at your shin and middle of foot. However, this was only something slightly noticeable and after a while I forgot about it. As I increased the exercise and tested it some more, I knew that getting hot and sweaty would be a similar test of how it felt against the skin.
Apparently the construction of the support means that it sits well against your skin and provides full support while also being breathable. I found this to be the case as I increased the exercise and flexibility content, the ankle staying firmly supported without irritation. As the exercise increased even further and I needed a break and to give my ankles a massage, the best thing I noticed about this when compared to other brands is the ease of taking it off. Other brands with the pull on facility are such a pain to get off sometimes, especially after a good work out when you're all hot and sweaty, as you have to fight to get it off and this can strain your muscles as you're at an awkward angle and wanting to warm down. This product though was a lot easier, as you can unstrap it, loosen it and it just comes off. Very simple and hassle free.
My worry was obviously that the support would no longer be there across the front of the foot without the product going all the way round. However, having used this a number of times the only slight niggle I have is that the straps sometimes catch on my socks. The support goes directly on the foot and the socks go on over the top, and this makes the straps catch at times, but even when wearing shoes the pressure of the shoe on the strap doesn't register with my foot, which is another bonus and another thumbs up to the design crew.
This is available for around the £15 mark which is pretty much in line with top quality similar products, if slightly more in some cases, and is a support I recommend. I have had success with it, and knowing that it's easy to put on and take off while still providing solid support can only be a good thing. Recommended.
A few weeks ago I came down the stairs in a bit of a hurry and managed to sprain my ankle. To be honest my ankle had been on its way out for a while before that, I have a genetic joint condition that means my ligaments aren't as strong as they should be and I've also had this particular ankle in a cast before due to a very bad sprain so it was one of those things that I knew was going to happen at some point. For a couple of days I tried my best to walk on it but found it very difficult and it was so painful it was waking me up in the night throbbing. I knew if I went to the hospital they would put another cast on it and make me wear it for a few weeks like last time and that brought me a whole new set of concerns such as how would I get through daily life with all my painful joints plus a cast and a pair of crutches to deal with, I wouldn't be able to drive, the crutches would dislocate my shoulders and immobilising the ankle completely would weaken the muscles around it even further and none of those things were appealing. Oddly given that I already had existing ankle problems I didn't own an ankle support so I got myself on Amazon looking for one.
Amazon sellers and Amazon both sold an array of ankle supports and I knew I needed something with the straps that cross over the foot for secure support which narrowed it down a bit but still left me a bit confused about which one I needed. A seller called "Sugar Ray's Boxing Limited" had this LP Extreme Support priced at £13.05 including free delivery so I finally ordered it. Anticipating days of waiting I was very pleased with the seller (and the reason I've mentioned them by name in this review) for getting the support delivered to me in 2 days. Thanks guys!
The support comes in a clear plastic box with a leaflet that tells us it's made using Coolprene and Coolmax, I'd never heard of them either. Coolprene is breathable and then covered in Coolmax to keep skin dry and comfortable, both names are trademarks. There is also stretch nylon as part of this support. The actual support is black, it's a one size fits all which worried me a bit and it looks like a stretched out figure of 8 with a hole in the centre and two slim straps attached. The inside is like a quilted smooth material and each strap on the main body of the support has a tab of velcro at one end and both the supporting straps have one too. There is an LP logo on one section and that's the only way I can tell which way up it goes! The logo goes on your ankle rather than your foot so that's a helpful addition.
To use you place the support on the floor or the bed with the logo section towards your ankle then place your heel in the hole and wrap the straps below that over the top of your foot then the straps above the hole around your ankle, the velcro just attaches to the actual support which is how there's no sizing involved. Then take one slim strap and wrap it from one side of the foot to the opposite side of the ankle then do the same with the other to make a cross on the front of the ankle. This gives good firm support. To wash the strap must be handwashed in cold water with mild soap then left to air dry flat which is fairly usual for supports of any kind.
I found this very easy to put on but if you have a sprain it's a good idea not to push your foot into it to tighten the straps or it hurts! I was having alot of pain with pointing my toes which is very common as a ligament that runs from the outside of the ankle to the top of the foot is frequently involved in sprains, for this reason I made sure I tightened the support with my foot at 90 degrees to my ankle to stop me being able to point my toes very far. The inner quilted material is very soft and comfortable and the velcro stays put and needs no tightening through the day. It isn't advised to sleep in the support but I did a couple of times when my pain was at its worst and had no problems doing this.
I got immediate relief from this support and while I could still feel the pain it wasn't anywhere near as bad once I had this on. I wore it both directly next to my skin and over a sock and found it worked as well both ways. The only time I took this off for the first few days was to have a bath and at no point did it make my foot sweat so the "breathable and keeps skin dry and comfortable" claims are both true. I didn't need to limp anymore with this on and it allowed my ankle to move just enough to walk but no more than that. Limping is very bad for anyone but particularly bad for someone like me as it can knock all the joints in the leg, hip and pelvis out of alignment.
I'm actually still wearing this during the day because I'm still having some problems with pointing my toes but it does take me rather a long time to heal so I'm not surprised. It's helped enormously though and saved me from the horrors of a cast and crutches again! The only problem I've had with it is shoes. I have one pair of boots this will fit in so I can wear it out but that's it, it doesn't fit in any other boots or shoes I own except my slipper boots. I don't have any trainers but if you intended to use this for sport you'd want to try it on inside your trainers to see if it fits.
It's a really excellent ankle support though that has kept me up on my feet even with a bad sprain which of course prevents the complications from a cast and crutches. It's warm and comfortable but doesn't make my foot sweat, easy to put on and take off and washes fine too as long as you follow the instructions. As for being one size, I'm a size 5 with slim feet and this fits me fine but if you had really tiny feet or really huge flippers you'd want to try it on before you buy one, for anyone in the average range this will be fine. I'm not deducting a star for it only fitting in one pair of boots as this is to be expected and it's done such a great job of allowing me to keep walking on that ankle while it calms down I'm giving it a full 5 star rating.
LP: Extreme Ankle Support (One Size) LP757CA. Unique Velcro design fits most ankle sizes. Open toe and heel design allows full range of movement. Helps ankles heal faster following injury. Relieves pain due to strains or stiffness. Made from breathable COOLPRENE covered with a COOLMAX lining to keep the skin dry and comfortable at all levels of physical activity. One Size Fits All.