Bracing affects plantar pressures and inversion, but not most performance tests
from Lower Extremity Review
Research presented at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association shed more light on the biomechanical effects of ankle braces that can help reduce the risk of inversion injury. Investigators from the University of Toledo analyzed plantar pressures in 10 individuals with chronic ankle instability (CAI) and 10 healthy individuals while jump-landing with and without a lace-up ankle brace. Plantar pressures tended to be distributed more medially in the CAI group than the control group, but in both groups midfoot and rearfoot pressures were shifted laterally with brace wear.
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