While hiking or orienteering, you constantly face a myriad of potential hazards that might cause a potential ankle injury, even if you have strong ankles, the right kind of boots, and trekking poles.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in hiking. They are typically caused when you roll your ankle excessively inward, stretching or tearing the ligament on the outside of the ankle.
Once your ankle ligaments have been damaged or stretched, you’ll be more susceptible to repeat injuries, chronic instability, or arthritic problems later in life. After multiple ankle sprains, many people who enjoy hiking or other outdoor activities usually face a big decision: wear an ankle brace, limit their activity, or continue on and risk another sprain.
Some hiking enthusiasts avoid wearing an ankle brace because they worry it might weaken their ankles, and while there’s no clinical research to support this myth, there has been research done that indicates traditional fabric lace-up ankle braces can negatively impact your range of motion, torque, and performance. Since maintaining your natural range of motion is a necessary component to keep your ankle strong, protect your ankles by choosing braces that don’t restrict your natural ankle movement.
Hinged-cuff ankle braces, like the Ultra Zoom, make sure the only movements you’re restricted from doing are those that might cause an injury. The Ultra Zoom is on your ankle in seconds, protects for hours, and lasts for years.