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Ankle Braces for Hiking

Stability and protection for your best hikes

Steady with every step. Exploring the outdoors leads you through gorgeous forests, scenic rivers and stunning mountaintop views. Whether you are hiking on flat terrain or a hilly stretch, often, all it takes for a twisted or sprained ankle is stepping awkwardly or catching your foot on a rock or root. Repetitive or intense strain while hiking can also lead to Achilles tendonitis or a general feeling of instability.

Bauerfeind ankle braces and supports for hiking stabilize the joint, relieve pain and improve proprioception for more comfort with every step. Try Bauerfeind products risk-free with our 60-day money-back guarantee.

How do I protect my ankle while hiking?

Bauerfeind’s MalleoTrain and Sports Ankle Support Line both provide stability and compression to help protect your ankles from strain and injury. These supports are breathable, machine-washable and fit comfortably inside hiking shoes.

Which ankle brace is right for me?

Choosing the right ankle brace for hiking depends on your injury. Some of the most common hiking injuries affecting the ankle include: ankle sprains and strains as well as Achilles tendinitis. While knitted braces are suitable in case of strains, a brace with additional straps or massage pads is better suited for more severe injuries, swelling and feeling of instability.

Bauerfeind ankle braces can help you to stabilize and support your joints, relieve pain and reduce inflammation and swelling.

It’s always best to talk to your physician, physical therapist or any other healthcare provider for advice on what form of treatment will work best for your situation.

Can I wear my ankle brace on the right and left foot?

A good ankle brace is shaped to perfectly fit the anatomical contours of the foot. If you look at your ankles, you will notice that the inner and outer parts have different shapes. Ankle braces from Bauerfeind take this difference into account in order to provide optimum support to the individual structures of the ankle. For this reason, you should only wear the support on the side it is designed for — not on the other side.

Do Bauerfeind ankle braces fit into hiking shoes?

Generally speaking, Bauerfeind’s lightweight, breathable supports can be worn in hiking or trekking shoes. Make sure that there is no constriction in the region of the integrated massage pads. In any case, it is advisable to try out your shoe with the brace before going on a long hike. Wear sturdier, ankle-high shoes to provide the optimum level of effectiveness and stability.

Should I wear my ankle brace over or under a sock?

Bauerfeind ankle braces work better directly on the skin. Direct contact with the skin achieves better proprioceptive effects that create additional stability in the joint. Wearing socks beneath the brace can lead to chafing and impair the function of massage pads to relieve strain and reduce swelling. Don’t worry — Bauerfeind braces are machine-washable!

Can I wash my Bauerfeind hiking ankle brace?

Yes. Washing your ankle brace helps maintain its shape and last longer.

For products with Velcro straps, fasten them securely at the place provided on the brace. Machine-wash or hand-wash your brace or strap in cold water using a gentle or delicate cycle. Wash separately using a laundry detergent with no additives (do not use fabric softener or Woolite). Lay flat and let it air-dry. Do not put it in the dryer. Proper washing and drying helps keep the knit’s elasticity and original fit.

This information is provided for general information purposes and should not be relied on as a substitute for medical advice, evaluation or care from a qualified and licensed health care provider. The information contained here is not to be considered a plan of care for physical therapy. Call 911 in severe cases and get treated immediately.