Should I use an ACE wrap or ankle brace for my sprained ankle?

Ankle sprain. You can use either a brace or an ace bandage. A brace should be used for a more severe sprain.
Case by case. Ace bandages are relatively cheap and can be purchased at any drug store and cost between 2-5 dollars. They lose their elasticity though and will need to be replaced often. The rigid brace virtually immobilizes the ankle joint, a special advantage during the first few hours after injury. One drawback is that a rigid ankle brace may not be immediately available.

Related Questions

Is it okay to use an ankle brace for a newly sprained ankle?

Yes. A brace is good to use, especially if you are walking un uneven surfaces. Get involved in a good ankle rehab program through your physical therapist to maximize your improvement. Read more...

I had a moderate ankle sprain that healed I use ankle brace daily & at the end of the day my ankle & foot are swollen & painful what is wrong with it?

Too much strain from. The sprain causing swelling in the brace used. Need to elevate leg at the end of the day to drain the extra lymphatic fluid so it goes back to your heart. And remain off your sprained foot as much as you can with it elevated throughout most of the day until it heels. Read more...
Depends. It can take more than 3 months for swelling to go away in some cases. Even after the ligaments have healed enough to not need support, they are still healing and swelling can persist as a result. Read more...

For a 2nd grade ankle sprain with no fractures, should I use crutches or is it enough to wear an inflatable stirrup ankle brace? Or should I use both

See below. If you can walk without pain with just the brace then you do not need crutches. Read more...
Whatever you need. If you are comfortable putting all your weight in the leg then that is fine. If not then use the crutches until you are. Start working on gentle range of motion exercises now and then strengthening in 7-10 days. Once the swelling is down, you may want to switch to a lace up type brace which is less bulky and more functional. Read more...
2nd Grade Sprain. When there is a second degree or second grade sprain there is a partial tear of the ligament. Sometimes that will include two of the primary ligaments on the outside of the ankle also known as the lateral side. With a sprain there is small nerve damage that it causes the ankle to become unstable. It is the instability that is the problem because you are now prone to more injury. Follow doctor's advice. Read more...
Your body will tell. If it is too painful to walk on, use the crutches. Read more...
Camwalker antherapy . Many times ankle sprains are under treated. A second degree would benefit from a camwalker for at least one week followed by physical therapy. Read more...

Have ankle brace on and taking pain medication. What else can I do to treat sprained ankle?

Ankle. Stay off it, use ice, elevation and physical therapy. Read more...
Self Treatment. Have your podiatrist order x-rays to be sure that there are no fractured (broken) bones in your ankle or foot. Read more...
Have it evaluated. R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. Read more...

Sprained ankle 4 weeks ago. 2nd degree. Wearing ankle brace. Still painful. Anything else I can do?

Reduce edema. Some ankle sprains takes 2-3 months to heal, usually by reducing the edema (swelling) will decrease your pain level. Compression stockings , ice, anti inflammatory medications like Motrin /naprosyn, unna boot (soft cast ) physical therapy, walking cast boot, ankle braces all help with healing and reducing swelling. X-rays are needed to make sure there are no fractures/dislocations. See a physician. Read more...
Many possibilities. R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. Read more...

What kind of ankle brace would you recommend for an inner high ankle sprain?

Depends on severity. It depends on type and severity of the injury. Have it evaluated and have the appropriate brace prescribed that best suits your condition. Read more...
More rigid. If you have truly have a high ankle sprain, then more rigid braces that come up higher on the ankle do a better job of protecting the syndesmotic ligaments. These types of braces are often provided by sports medicine and orthopedic doctors in their offices. The over-the-counter braces are fine for many of the "garden variety"/low-grade lateral sprains. Read more...

Wearing the inflatable stirrup ankle brace for ankle sprain. Have more swelling on ankle after wearing for hours when compared with not wear. Normal?

Maybe not. The brace is used to decrease your pain and increase stability. If it is causing more swelling, it could mean that you are upright much more when you are wearing the brace and more swelling is generated, the brace is on incorrectly or is too tight, or that you don't need it. Speak to the provider that gave you the brace. Read more...
Not what you want. Check the sizing to make sure it's a good fit. Read more...
Ankle Brace Swelling. If the foot was swollen from the ankle sprain & you have not worn any compression, or not doing any movement-which would allow your foot & leg muscles to contract & pump blood back-then swelling could be expected. As my podiatry colleagues have said-go back to the provider & check it out---you may need a different brace or size. Good luck! dr george tsatsos anklenfootcenters.Com. Read more...
Have it evaluated. There are various possible treatment options depending on the location and severity of the injury. Options may include: immobilization, physical therapy, and surgical repair. Read more...

I am in an air cast for an ankle sprain. All its doing is causing swelling and pain. Could I juat wear and ankle brace instead?

Possibly. If it is just an ankle sprain, and definitely not a fracture immobilization is not required definitively. The main purpose would be to provide support and aid in your function. So if the air cast is not helping, you could certainly try it without anything or go to a soft brace. Check with your doctor first as I don't know the specifics of the injury, but you don't have to immobilize a sprain. Read more...