Airform Stirrup Ankle Brace, Youth Size #1 Effective


Youth Universal (Left & Right)

Inflatable air bladders provide adjustable pneumatic compression.

Adjustable heel strap allows for desired width adjustment.


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Airform Stirrup Ankle Brace, Youth ankle braceAirform Stirrup Ankle Brace

Youth Universal (Left & Right)

Inflatable air bladders provide adjustable pneumatic compression.

Adjustable heel strap allows for desired width adjustment.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Airform stirrup ankle brace?

Traditional splints and casts for the foot and ankle protect the injury by preventing movement at the joints. However, many injuries heal better and faster if the injured joint can be moved, while protected at the same time. This is the reason for using an Airform stirrup ankle brace.

This is often used to treat ankle sprains. It contains padded air cells in a plastic frame that fits into your shoe. This allows you to walk while preventing the ankle joint from rolling in or out causing re-injury.

Ankle sprains can take 4-6 weeks to heal. Persons with severe injuries or over age 60 may require more time to heal. During that time, you are prone to re-injury by suddenly twisting your ankle again while the ligaments are still weak.

When treating a sprain, the Airform stirrup ankle brace should be worn whenever walking for at least four weeks, or as long as you continue to have ankle pain. You should continue to wear the Airform stirrup ankle brace at least 6 weeks whenever running, playing sports or any activity where there is increased risk of re-injury. Talk to your doctor for specific advice about the treatment of your condition.

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When are ankle splints used?

An ankle splint is primarily used for:

  • Ligament sprain of the ankle.
  • Ankle joint fractures.
  • Fracture of the lower end of the bones of the lower legs.

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How are Airform stirrup ankle braces used to treat injury?

The Airform stirrup ankle brace is intended to treat injury and should be worn in the immediate rehabilitation period. Unlike an ankle support, it immobilizes the area and removes pressure to facilitate healing. At the same time, air cell technology compresses the ankle to reduce swelling caused by sprains or other ankle conditions.

Beneficial Features:

  • Rigid construction removes pressure on injury
  • Immobilizes the ankle to facilitate healing
  • Air cell technology compresses ankle to reduce swelling
  • Supports ambulation (e.g. light walking) to promote healthy rehabilitation

Conditions treated:

  • Acute ankle injury
  • Ankle sprains (graded one to three)
  • Chronic instability
  • Post-operative use

Not Ideal for:

  • Continuous use
  • Preventing injury

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What are the types of ankle bracing?

Braces generally come in two types, though small variations exist between various manufacturers. A healthcare professional would advise the ideal brace. One type of ankle braces is nonrigid and resembles a thick canvas or nylon lace-up sock. Some nonrigid braces are also made of neoprene. The nonrigid style provides compression to the ankle, may help in injury prevention, and provides stability. The other type of ankle brace is the semirigid type. Its construction is similar to the nonrigid type but with the added feature of molded plastic struts or air cushions. These braces provide more stability and are often used during the rehabilitation following ankle injury.

Most nonrigid and semirigid braces also use fabric straps to simulate heel locks. These are usually on the outside of the brace and fastened with Velcro.

A common concern is that prolonged taping or bracing of the ankle may result in weak ankles that are more prone to injury, hence it is important to follow the instructions of usage from a healthcare professional.

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Is ankle taping and bracing effective?

Many studies have shown that braces are slightly more effective than taping, but that both were better than no support. Both have been found to effectively reduce range of motion, reduce the risk of injuries, or help heal ankle injuries that have occurred. They are also beneficial during rehabilitation after major ankle injuries when patients begin physical activities again.

Studies have shown that simply wearing high-top instead of low-top shoes prevented some ankle injuries, while wearing high-top shoes plus taping led to more than 50% fewer injuries than in test groups wearing low-top shoes plus taping.

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