2376 / ANKLE STABILIZER - EXOSKELETON
The OTC 2376 ankle stabilizer is an example of advanced technology resulting in superior performance. It combines the compression and comfort of a soft ankle brace with the rigid stability of an ankle stirrup. A plastic exoskeleton is formed directly onto the soft breathable fabric, forming a network of strategically placed support zones. The fully adjustable strapping system provides optimum medial-lateral control, and will not stretch during exercise.
Indications Listed Below
• Excellent side-to-side support for severe conditions of the ankle or post-fracture treatment
• Plastic exoskeleton laminated onto breathable lightweight fabric helps minimize medial-lateral motion without restricting ambulation
• Speed laces allow user to lace up the brace in seconds, a big time saver
• Criss-cross heel locking straps will not stretch during activity; fully adjustable even while in use
• Slips on like a sock, slim design fits easily into shoes
• Latex free
Plastic exoskeleton laminated onto breathable lightweight fabric helps minimize medial-lateral motion without restricting ambulation.
Speed laces allow user to lace up the brace in seconds, a big time saver.
Criss-cross heel locking straps will not stretch during activity; fully adjustable even while in use.
How to Measure for and Apply Ankle Stabilizer
|SIZE||MEN'S SHOE||WOMEN'S SHOE|
|SMALL||6 - 7||7 - 9|
|MEDIUM||8 - 10||10 - 11|
|LARGE||11 - 14||12 - 14|
A. Measure based on shoe size.
1 . Unfasten criss-cross straps and loosen the lacing so that the foot can slip comfortably into the brace.
2. Adjust the padded tongue for comfort over the top of the foot and lower leg.
3. Align the rounded portion of the side of the stabilizer against the bony prominences of the ankle.
4. Tighten bottom lacing snugly, and continue on with speed lace arrangement at the top.
5. Tighten one criss-cross strap and then the other. The stabilizer should fit very snug, but not so tight that it causes discomfort or disrupts circulation in the foot.
Review the accompanying chart to determine the product that best suits your needs. On the left, you will find a variety of injuries that OTC products are specifically designed to treat and prevent. On the top, you will find the product numbers of all OTC Ankle Products. If a red box is present where the column and row intersect, your injury or condition is treated/prevented by the associated product.
|Post Cast Removal|
|Post Metatarsal Injury|
|Post Surgery Use and Rehab|
|Post Static Pain|
|Soft Tissue Injuries|
|Sprains, Grade 2 and 3|
|Stable Fractures of the Ankle|
|Stress Fractures of the Foot|
SPRAIN AND STRAIN CONDITIONS
These affect the connective tissues around the joints. Sprains are injuries to ligaments.The injury can be considered mild (slight stretching), moderate (partial tear), or severe(complete tearing). One or more ligaments can be injured in a sprain. The severity of the strain will depend on the extent of injury to a single ligament (whether the tear is partial or complete) and the number of ligaments involved.
Helping the joint to heal is the purpose of ankle bracing. By placing the ankle in a neutral position, the support restricts movement and relieves painful stresses on the various ligaments, tendons and muscles. Further, it aids healing by restricting or limiting the use of the injured part of the extremity.
The conditions shown below may not be treated by the product listed on this page. Please view the above Medical Applications Chart to determine what conditions this page's associated product treats.
A mild strain can occur for a number of reasons, but is most often caused by a person’s weight being applied to an ankle that is at an unnatural angle - eversion or inversion - with the ligament or ligament group being stretched or even torn.
MODERATE & SEVERE SPRAINS
Block copy should read – Sprains are classified as mild, moderate or severe based on the extent of the injury and the number of ligaments involved. A moderate sprain is a slight treating of a ligament or a ligament group, while a severe sprain will always be a complete tear, and usually among a group of ligaments.
ACHILLES TENDON INJURIES
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body and is the most often injured, usually as a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is stretched or relaxed with every ankle movement, which can lead to a prolonged recovery period if the patient becomes too active without the proper use of ankle supports or walking aids such as canes and crutches.
Shown to the right is an image of Achilles tendinitis, which is an inflammation or slight tearing of the tendon.
To the right is an image of Achilles rupture, which is a complete tear of the tendon often associated with a “popping” sound when the separation occurs. Treatment for an Achilles rupture includes reattachment surgery followed by total resting of tendon until healed and strengthened through rehabilitation.
Bones of the ankle
D. Cuboid Bone
E. Cuboid Bone
F. Intermediate Cuneiform
G. Medial Cuneiform
Tendons & Ligaments of the ankle
A. Anterior Talofibular Ligament
B. Achilles Tendon
C. Peroneus Longus Tendon
D. Achilles Tendon
E. Deltoid Ligaments
F. Anterior Tibial Tendon