“ Brand: Franklin / Type: Support brace „
The right kind of support when doing any kind of sporting activity is paramount, whether this is joint support or the right shoes, any kind of equipment that is suitable for your particular needs and the sport you're taking part in.
I have dodgy ankles, a by-product of not looking after them properly when I was younger and played contact sport. As a result, I often wear ankle supports when doing any form of exercise, and have tried many different types in an attempt to find the perfect one.
This Franklin support is one that I have used with my work gym, although a quick search online seems to reveal it's now nigh on impossible to get hold of it in this country. Like most supports of its type, it features a dog leg shaped neoprene tube with a hole in the middle of the tube side that you slide your heel into. It then seems as if there are two parts to it, that which is above the ankle and that which sits across the bridge of your foot.
From this point its one size fits all element works very well. The neoprene is very flexible and allows for comfort for all size feet (adults). There are two straps - 1 above the ankle and 1 across the foot, and these are easily adjustable according to your personal needs. I thought this was a solid design, and easy to adjust for comfort as well as effect. The main strap secures on very well with velcro, and it's durable as well. Some velcro would deteriorate very quickly once subjected to routine exercise such as jogging, the effects of the shoes, socks and feet moving constantly against the velcro with sweat added to the fray may actually destroy lesser quality velcro, but this hasn't happened to this one.
It washes pretty well too, with quick drying time allowing for efficient reuse. I'm unsure of how often this has been used, but I've certainly used it plenty of times and it doesn't seem to have lost its shape or strength. The heel hole is the right design, allowing for plenty of room - it's after all an ankle support and needs to ensure movement for the rest of the area, which this one does exactly. Even when you bend right forward on your ankle, the scrunched up effect doesn't adversely affect how you move. Some similar products are quite resistant to foot movement and get uncomfortable, but this one is very accommodating.
The worry in this case would be that this accommodating element means you're not getting the right support, but this isn't the case. I clearly feel more supported around the ankle, able to plant my foot with more confidence especially when running and allowing strength and flexibility when cycling or rowing. It's very effective, and I feel safe with my ankle in this. If you're after getting one such as this, I would recommend it, although the fact that it seems to be only available in the US may mean it's a lot easier to get a different recommended brand in the UK. Either way, this one is well worth it.
I have always had trouble with my ankles - from time to time I 'go over' on my ankle and twist it, which is extremely painful! It swells and I have difficulty walking for a week or so afterwards. In the past I have used elastic bandages which I would wind round the offending ankle to give it some support.
A couple of years ago, when I sprained my ankle, hubby suggested that we look for a more substantial support for it so we headed to Boots to see what they had got.
I found a support made by a firm called Franklin and from memory it cost around £15. Sadly I can't give any extra information about the price as I can't find this exact support for sale anywhere apart from the USA where is sells for $13.99.
The support is a nice shade of blue and is made from something called Neoprene which consists of 45% rubber, 40% nylon and 15% polyester. This makes the support not only strong but flexible and easy to wear.
I will now attempt to describe the support but you may need to look at the picture at the top of the review to get the best from my description!
The support is only available in one size which fits all and can be used on either ankle.
The support fits around the ankle and fastens by means of two Velcro strips - one across the top of the foot and one round the very bottom of the leg. There is a hole where the heel is. The Velcro means that you can fasten the support as tightly as you feel that you need to for the size of your ankle and the amount of support that you seek.
When I wear the support it feels very soft and comfortable. The inside of the support is coated with something called Micro Shield which keeps it fresh. Even though it feels soft it provides amazing support and my ankle feels secure when I am wearing this. It is a definite improvement on the elastic bandage that I used to wear that's for sure!
Since the support is fairly thin it could be worn under boots or looser fitting shoes so it can be used during sports or walking as extra support to a weak ankle to prevent any injury.
I said at the start of this review that Boots do not stock this particular support any longer but they do now stock their own brand which looks very similar although I am only looking at the outside of the packet! It is the same colour, the same fabric and appears to do the same thing as the one that I use. The current one made by Boots is £15.49.
In conclusion I would say that this is one of the best things that I have ever purchased! I regularly have problems with my ankles and this is the first thing that I reach for. It gives the injury support and warmth whilst it repairs and it means that I can carry on with my normal life in the meantime!