Product Type: Support4Physio sports equipment
Newest Review: ... in any position I put the ankle in no matter what I did. This is where the support came in. The support kind of fits like a sock.... more
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LP Extreme Ankle Support
Member Name: pmcds
LP Extreme Ankle Support
Advantages: Good support, easy to put on and take off
Disadvantages: Nothing really
Having severe ligament damage in my left ankle a number of years ago prompted me to take better care of my joints, and whenever I take part in sports I make sure to wear supports in all the right places, sometimes just for caution as well as support. I've worn stretch pull on ankle supports as well as sport ankle bracelets, and these LV strap on supports caught me eye.
The first thing I noticed about them is how to put them on. The one thing about the stretch pull on ones is that they aren't adjustable, so whether they're tight or loose they never quite seem perfect. These ones have straps across the top of the foot and base of the ankle, which allows you to adjust it as necessary. Once you've done this and given your foot a few flexy movements to make sure it's done right, you're ready to go. It's a one size fits all product, aided by the straps which makes this quite inclusive in terms of product design. I did however, wonder about the support this would give all the way round the ankle.
I started by doing light exercises with it, just to test it, and soon found that the straps were noticeable on the front, whereas with other styles of support they're generally only noticeable at the top and bottom where it ends at your shin and middle of foot. However, this was only something slightly noticeable and after a while I forgot about it. As I increased the exercise and tested it some more, I knew that getting hot and sweaty would be a similar test of how it felt against the skin.
Apparently the construction of the support means that it sits well against your skin and provides full support while also being breathable. I found this to be the case as I increased the exercise and flexibility content, the ankle staying firmly supported without irritation. As the exercise increased even further and I needed a break and to give my ankles a massage, the best thing I noticed about this when compared to other brands is the ease of taking it off. Other brands with the pull on facility are such a pain to get off sometimes, especially after a good work out when you're all hot and sweaty, as you have to fight to get it off and this can strain your muscles as you're at an awkward angle and wanting to warm down. This product though was a lot easier, as you can unstrap it, loosen it and it just comes off. Very simple and hassle free.
My worry was obviously that the support would no longer be there across the front of the foot without the product going all the way round. However, having used this a number of times the only slight niggle I have is that the straps sometimes catch on my socks. The support goes directly on the foot and the socks go on over the top, and this makes the straps catch at times, but even when wearing shoes the pressure of the shoe on the strap doesn't register with my foot, which is another bonus and another thumbs up to the design crew.
This is available for around the £15 mark which is pretty much in line with top quality similar products, if slightly more in some cases, and is a support I recommend. I have had success with it, and knowing that it's easy to put on and take off while still providing solid support can only be a good thing. Recommended.
Summary: Easy on and off ankle support