Ankle supports - Air Casts

Ankle supports - Air Casts

Post by k.. » Sat, 07 Nov 1992 18:46:44


I turned my right ankle about four weeks ago causing a severe sprain.  I had
an inversion sprain, I turned my ankle inward.  The outside of my foot and an
area from just behind the toes to the ends of my toes turned completely purple.
Two days ater the injury my doctor gave me a perscription for an Air Cast ankle
support.  After wearing the brace for less than a day I was able to start
putting some weight on the ankle.  Within about three or four days I was
walking around without crutches (I still had a very noticable limp though).
You could see exactly where ther brace fit on my ankle because the bruise and
swelling disappeared where the brace fit.  I started to play volleyball again
about three weeks after the injury.  I still had some pain and my ankle was
very weak, but it is getting stronger every day and I hope to be back full
strength in a few more weeks.

The "Air Cast" ankle support is a great piece of equipment.  Not only does it
help to recover quickly from a ankle injury, but you can continue to use it
while playing volleyball to prevent any future injuries.  And it is comfortable
enough to wear all the time.  

Air Cast is actually the name of the company which makes many different "Air
Casts".  The ankle brace is actually called "stirup brace" with three different
models (sizes) to choose from.  The small model is made for people 5'2" or
shorter and is to be used for severe injury or chronic instability.  The ankle
trainer model is for people 5'2" - 5'6" with a severe injury and for people 5'2"
and taller with chronic instability problems (frequent ankle injuries).  The
standard model is for people 5'6" and taller with a severe injury.  Also, they
are specific to right or left ankle so you CANNOT buy one and use it on either
ankle.

I am about 5'8" and started out with the "standard" model. The standard model
does restrict ankle movement some, but not to bad.  I found the standard model
to be to big for me, probably because I have very small feet (mens size 7).
After using the standard for a couple weeks the doctor gave me another
perscription for the ankle trainer model which was a great improvement.  The
ankle trainer model fits great, is very comfortable and causes virtually no
restriction.  

The "Cast" or support consists of two hard plastic splints each lined with a
thin air filled "balloon" that also contains some type of foam cushion.  You
can increase or decrease the amount of air in the balloons to your liking
(it is recommended to not mess with the amount of air because they come filled
to some optimum level).  These splints are connected at the bottom with a
stirup made of a strong thin cloth material.  You place the stirup under your
heel lift the splints up to the sides of your calf and wrap two cloth straps
with velcro around your leg to hold the support in place.  You are then able to
wear your tennis shoes over the support thus allowing you to walk around and
even play volleyball with the support on.  The hard plastic splints on the
inside and outside of your ankle prevent it from being turned in or out thus
preventing more damage or another sprained ankle.

I would recommend the Air Cast "air stirup" to everybody with ankle problems.
You can buy them WITHOUT a perscription and they come with instructions on
using them and on exercises to do to complete your rehab.  They cost around
$40 - 45 each and can be found at most convalescent aid stores and some drug
stores.

I hope this information is of some help to everybody asking about ankle
injuries and "Air Cast" supports.  I wish you good luck in recovering from your
ankle injuries, because sitting court side just watching sucks when you love
playing the game.

 
 
 

Ankle supports - Air Casts

Post by Thomas Boe » Wed, 11 Nov 1992 23:11:38

Quote:

> I turned my right ankle about four weeks ago causing a severe sprain.  I had
> an inversion sprain, I turned my ankle inward.  The outside of my foot and an
> area from just behind the toes to the ends of my toes turned completely purple.
> Two days ater the injury my doctor gave me a perscription for an Air Cast ankle
> support.  After wearing the brace for less than a day I was able to start
> putting some weight on the ankle.  Within about three or four days I was
> walking around without crutches (I still had a very noticable limp though).

  I have a question. I have turned my ankle numereous times, (last incident:
just 3 1/2 weeks ago) and so I went thru rehab quite a bit. I remember a sports
doctor telling me that it is better to stay on crutches, if you can not walk
without a limp. I am not sure what the exact reason is for that, since it was
about 8 years ago. I think the doc mentioned that the other foot might be over-
used ???

Quote:
> <some stuff deleted>

> The "Air Cast" ankle support is a great piece of equipment.  Not only does it
> help to recover quickly from a ankle injury, but you can continue to use it
> while playing volleyball to prevent any future injuries.  And it is comfortable
> enough to wear all the time.  

  I have talked to several people in the medical and sports profession, which tell
me that you should not permanently wear the air cast for playing volleyball. The
problem is that it will never give the ankle a chance to strengthen itself again.

  I plan on playing tonight (with aircast), but then going back to the ankle braces.
The braces I have are from Sweden and have served me very well (no ankle rolling of
ankle or even overstraining), the recent sprain came when I wasn't wearing the brace.
Actually I was wearing a brace on the other foot, then (lucky me!!) I landed on
somebody else's foot.

Quote:
> <some good description of air casts deleted>  

> I hope this information is of some help to everybody asking about ankle
> injuries and "Air Cast" supports.  I wish you good luck in recovering from your
> ankle injuries, because sitting court side just watching sucks when you love
> playing the game.

  I still think the main use of the air cast should be recovery, supplemented with
some exercises to get the natural strength back.

  Of course all is IMHO.

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Ankle supports - Air Casts

Post by Ugly Bag of Mostly Wat » Fri, 13 Nov 1992 01:27:30

Quote:


> writes:

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Quote:
> Two days ater the injury my doctor gave me a perscription for an Air Cast ankle
> support.  After wearing the brace for less than a day I was able to start
> putting some weight on the ankle.  Within about three or four days I was
> walking around without crutches (I still had a very noticable limp though).

[..... more delete stuff ....]

Quote:
> <some stuff deleted>

> The "Air Cast" ankle support is a great piece of equipment.  Not only does it
> help to recover quickly from a ankle injury, but you can continue to use it
> while playing volleyball to prevent any future injuries.  And it is
> comfortable enough to wear all the time.

   Thomas>   I have talked to several people in the medical and sports
   Thomas> profession, which tell me that you should not permanently wear the
   Thomas> air cast for playing volleyball. The problem is that it will never
   Thomas> give the ankle a chance to strengthen itself again.
well some of us have actually gone to Orthopedic surgeons and have had a set of
aircasts perscribed for play. In my case it was determined that enough damage
was done early on in my life (ahh youth) that the true fix would be surgery,
rehab wasn't cutting it -- and even with rehab the slight instability would
cause pain after playing -- hence I've worn them for all indoor (court) sports
for the last 2 years and have been pain (and sprain) free. So if you have
chronic ankles you might want to play with them and rehab on the side -- as
always a good sports medicine/orthopedic doctor will have the plan for
individual cases.

   Thomas>   I still think the main use of the air cast should be recovery,
   Thomas> supplemented with some exercises to get the natural strength back.

   Thomas>   Of course all is IMHO.
and everyone should have one =).

steve.
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