Gear Review: BRD Sport Plantar Fasciitis Ankle Brace
Waking up in the morning, placing your feet on the ground and standing up to discover an intense pain in your heel with you first steps is extremely unpleasant and for athletes especially, a total nightmare.
If you’ve ever experienced the above, then you know what plantar fasciitis feels like and you know that it can be difficult to treat and cure. According to the A.D.A.M Medical Encyclopedia, the condition occurs due to overstretching or overuse of the plantar fascia, or the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot.
Treatment usually includes use of pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, applying ice to the area, heel and foot stretch exercises and, what’s often the most difficult part for athletes in the midst of training, time off from working out.
When you develop plantar fasciitis (or pain from any sports injury) taking time off to let your body recover is the most important part of treatment. However, when it comes to treating plantar fasciitis so that you can get back to training as quickly as possible, the BRD Sport Plantar Fasciitis Ankle Brace has proven to be an exceptionally helpful alternative and supplement to the more typical treatments mentioned above.
I was able to put the brace’s healing abilities to the test recently after I began experiencing pain from plantar fasciitis in my right foot as the weekly mileage in my marathon training plan began to increase. The brace is designed to provide compression to the plantar fascia which is said to help decrease inflammation and relieve plain.
It is meant to be worn both during and outside of athletic endeavors, delivering extra arch support, proper anatomical alignment of the ankle and increased joint stabilization.
When I received the ankle brace, I had been treating my injury with ice and stretches for several days, which had helped most of the plantar fasciitis pain I was experiencing to subside. However, there was some residual discomfort and I found that wearing the brace helped to eliminate it almost completely, so that I was able to complete the next running workout in my training plan instead of having to take time off to allow for more recovery time.
The brace is made of three dimensional knit material, which provides a “four-way stretch” for added comfort. It has been comfortable enough for me to wear in different settings, such as with my sneakers while running or with open-toe sandals during day-to-day activities.
Personally, I’ve been using it more as a recovery tool after my workouts, so as not to have to rely on it while I run. Somtimes after my longer workouts I can still feel a small amount of foot pain, but thus far, the brace has helped to prevent the injury from returning fully, therefore I’ve found it to be an invaluable preventative tool that I would highly recommend for athletes who frequently experience plantar fasciitis during intense training periods.
BRD Sport; $74.99