Orthopedics Book


Ankle Brace

Aka: Ankle Brace, Ankle Lace-Up Brace, Semi-Rigid Air Stirrup Brace, Ankle Air Splint, Ankle Gel Splint
  1. Indications
    1. Acute Ankle Sprain
    2. Recurrent Ankle Sprain
  2. Preparations
    1. Ankle Lace-Up Brace (e.g. Swedo)
      1. Fabric and elastic sleeve that wraps the proximal foot and high ankle, secured with laces
    2. Semi-Rigid Air Stirrup Brace (air splint, gel splint)
      1. Plastic lateral stirrups cushioned with gel, air or foam at the malleoli
  3. Efficacy
    1. Lace-Up Brace and Air Stirrup are both effective after Lateral Ankle Sprain
      1. Janssen (2014) Br J Sports Med 48(16): 1235-19 [PubMed]
      2. Boyce (2005) Br J Sports Med 39(2):91-6 [PubMed]
      3. Kerkhoffs (2002) Cochrane Database Syst Rev (3): CD003762 [PubMed]
  4. References
    1. Sprouse (2018) Am Fam Physician 98(10): 570-6 [PubMed]


Definition (SPN) A limb orthosis (brace) is a device intended for medical purposes that is worn on the upper or lower extremities to support, to correct, or to prevent deformities or to align body structures for functional improvement. Examples of limb orthoses include the following: A whole limb and joint brace, a hand splint, an elastic stocking, a knee cage, and a corrective shoe.
Concepts Medical Device (T074)
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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