- An elastic bandage ankle support is used to compress the affected area without restricting movement. This type of appliance may be in the form of a long bandage or a pull-on sock. Often used for arthritis pain or Grade I sprains, this flexible brace offers comfort and stability. This ankle support may also be used to prevent injury for those with a weakened joint.
- Moderate braces for ankle support are used for Grade II sprains or other ligament injuries. Often, these types of injuries cause pain when walking, stiffness, and swelling. The moderate ankle support offers more rigid panels to stabilize the ankle. Velcro or lacing is generally used for a customized, effective fit.
- A maximum support ankle brace is used for severe injuries including Grade III sprains and ligament ruptures characterized by severe pain, acute swelling, and the inability to rotate the ankle. The goals of using this type of ankle support are to compress the area, allow ambulation with decreased pain, prevent the ankle from rotating inward or outward, and to offer support during rehabilitation.
- A walking boot may be prescribed for fractures of the foot or ankle, Grade III sprains, or post-operatively for protection and support. The outer shell is typically rigid with padding of either a quilted breathable fabric or air-filled cells. Walking boots are generally fastened securely with Velcro straps. The bottom of the boot is usually fashioned with a rocker sole to decrease stress on the foot.
Source: Wise Geek