When it comes to playing sports there are two important things to consider first:
1. picking a brace that fits in your sports shoe
2. choosing the right size
Let’s talk about the best braces we found, great for basketball.
What does a bandage wrap do? It provides support, comfort and mobility. A brace is supposed to replace a bandage wrap so the closer it comes to these three factors the better. The difference a brace should make is in its easiness to put on and take off while also offering great support, comfort and mobility. We need our braces to provide great mobility because we are looking into finding the best brace for basketball. With this in mind, let’s compare our top 10 best ankle braces for basketball.
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There are three types of ankle injuries a brace can help with based on severity:
An estimated 28 000 ankle injuries occur in the United States each day with a whopping 45% attributed to ankle sprains. Of all sports, hockey causes the most of them followed shortly by volleyball, football and basketball. The same source, nata.org, says, “Most ankle sprains result from damage to the lateral ligament structures (anterior talofibular, calcaneofibular and posterior talofibular ligaments) after a stress on an inverted and plantar-flexed (supinated) foot.”
About 60% of all foot and ankle injuries are sprains and strains of the ankle. Amongst the people practicing sports, sprained ankles account for 15% of all athletic injuries.
I don’t know about you, but these numbers are something to be scared about. Because our research is done solely for basketball we will talk exclusively about braces that help with mild to medium ankle injuries for active people. For severe sports injuries we will use a comparison review. The most advanced brace we will review today is the Zamst A2-DX Ankle Brace, which is supportive for moderate and severe medial, lateral and high ankle sprains.
You would think picking a brace that fits in the shoe and choosing the right size are factors too obvious to be missed but you may be amazed to discover how often they are overlooked. We’ve been going through over 600 reviews from people who bought the braces we’re reviewing today and we spent a little over 24 hours writing down our top ten ankle braces for basketball.
One thing we kept noticing was people complaining about two things: the brace they went for didn’t fit properly in their shoes, being too bulky, and the size being incorrect. This can spell disaster if your game is coming up and you don’t have the protection you need when you need it. We chose brands with great customer support and quick return. Some of them, such as Liomor Ankle Support Breathable Ankle Brace, offer a money back guarantee.
However, choosing the right brace is not that easy, especially for basketball, a sport really tough on ankles and knees. We looked at the best brands of ankle braces for sports that offer comfort, easiness of use, great stability and don’t affect the players’ performance. To understand what factors we consider when reviewing braces please refer to our user buying guide for choosing braces.
In this review we compared and selected the top ten best braces for basketball and we really have had a hard time picking a winner. In fact, we have 3 winners as we couldn’t make up our mind which brace is the best out of the top 3 picks. All ten offer great support, they are generally easy to put in and take off with a couple of exceptions like McDavid 199 Lace-up Ankle Brace. This particular brace takes some time to get it right but once it’s all fastened up offers one of the best supports if not the best you can get. However, we needed all the reviewed braces to fit correctly into shoes—how can you play basketball if the brace doesn’t fit inside the basketball shoes?
XFORCE Ankle Brace Support, Ankle Brace by Vive and the Tornadu Neoprene Ankle Brace are bulkier than the others. Some buyers complain that they have had issues fitting them in their shoes. However, for every complaint we have noticed many more people saying the opposite so we kept them in our top 10. They all provide the support needed when playing basketball.
First of all, this brace has a simple design, is easy to wear, and is easy to put on and take off due to the 4-way stretch Velcro and the double crisscross reinforcement elastic strap. The bottom of the brace has a hole for the heel flexible enough to adapt to your heel size. It comes in one color, black, and one size fits all—8.75″ to 11.8″—with a flexible adjustment. A 1 year limited warranty and a 120 day replacement guarantee plus its low price makes this a killer. In fact, this brace is the cheapest we could find!
What we liked about Nlife Premium Adjustable Ankle Brace is that it’s thin, easy to wear and to put on and take off while providing great support. Also, it fits easily in any shoes and it seems to work with any foot size. There are no hard parts inside and people always choose comfort over anything else. So this brace does very well in terms of comfort, stability, and mobility. In addition, it looks durable.
There’s nothing crazy in terms of technology, no special gels, no pockets for ice or anything fancy like that. It just does what it is supposed to do, providing support with no cost for mobility.
While the material is soft enough for the foot, it is not as breathable as others in our top 10 best ankle braces for basketball. It’s also a bit bulkier but, hey, it’s a brace not a compression sock or sleeve!
Nlife Premium Adjustable Ankle Brace, like other ankle wraps we compared and reviewed in this top, does not have proper instructions and people using a brace for the first time may have difficulty figuring it out. It comes flat in its package with the straps in various directions. However, this particular model is simple enough that the majority of users get it right after 2-3 attempts.
This brace may not be a well known brand though you may have seen it before. Despite not being as popular as some of the other products we review, the Tornadu Neoprene Ankle Brace offers arch and lateral support due to the cross straps with strong Velcro to make it tighter or looser depending on your preferences and two adjustable side supports. It looks like a solid choice to us.
Another thing we liked is that it can be worn on either left or right foot and creates a great support but a bit bulkier due to the lateral plastic supports and depending on your shoes it may not fit that easily. The good news is you can remove the lateral supports if they bother you. It doesn’t cut out circulation and is made of breathable material so even in the hottest days of summer, you feet will likely feel OK during your basketball play.
Can be worn on either the left or right foot and creates a great support but is a bit bulkier due to the lateral plastic supports and depending on your shoes it may not fit that easily which makes it less likely to be picked..
The good news is you can remove the lateral supports if they bother you. It doesn’t cut off circulation and is made of breathable material so even in the hottest days of summer, you feet will likely feel OK during a game of basketball.
Similar to Nlife Premium Adjustable Ankle Brace, we noticed again the lack of instructions. Some buyers might find this really confusing and frustrating, especially if it’s the first time using a brace.
Tornadu Neoprene Ankle Brace is built for sports so you may want to give it try even if it takes some time to adjust because of the minimal instructions. It looks like a keeper! The policy says 100% money back guarantee so you can return it anytime. While we wouldn’t recommend this post serious ankle injuries, we definitely can say it’s a steal for the price. Finally, a lot of users are back to playing basketball or their favorite sport by using this ankle strap and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.
This low profile brace provides a mid-level support with a stabilizer incorporated on both sides of the ankle. It’s flexible and allows bending while providing ankle sprain and rollovers prevention as well. It’s a breeze to put on and take off due to the single strap system. The ease of wear, advanced support that the brace provides, and the high breathability due to the Breath-O-Prene fabric makes this brace a must have for all sports enthusiasts.
We must say, the specs impressed us (most noteworthy Andy Murray uses it too!) and we couldn’t wait to dive into reviews and see what others are saying. One thing we noticed right away was the droves of fans who jumped in to say great things about this brace. It’s apparently not only helping prevent ankle rolling and sprains but it also reduces inflammatory signs and it seems like an effective brace to wear after ankle surgeries too. There is some arch support as well but we would place this brace in the mid tier when it comes to support.
Aircast A60 Ankle Support Brace has a great design, lightweight, a decent fit, and a good to great support and comfort. Still, there are a few complains we noticed. The majority say that the lateral support and the plastic mold that goes under the foot is pretty tough, no cushion, which makes it uncomfortable for some.
This brace seems more on the rigid side, offering not the same level of flexibility as ASO offers for example. Though it is hard to get this level of support without losing comfort. You win some, you lose some. However, we have the feeling that the size plays a major role in comfort so if you’re considering buying this brace, make sure you check the size properly and choose the best one for you especially post injury when your ankle is swollen. Especially relevant is the customer support which looks quite helpful so you may want to ask them what size will fit you best before you buy. The brace fits both women and men.
Quality wise, Aircast A60 Ankle Support Brace looks fantastic but some people say it looks a bit cheaper to them and they think it will wear down and wear out after a couple of weeks of use. The verdict’s out on this one but we think it’s more on the good side as we have the feeling this brace will do just fine in time. Hundreds of enthusiasts cannot be wrong. Overall a good to great brace, affordable, great for recovery but useful as well for ankle sprain and rolling prevention.
We found hundreds and hundreds of reviews on the web in regards to McDavid 199 Lace-up Ankle Brace and we couldn’t be happier because this brace actually helped our friend Mike with recovery after a serious ankle sprain from a basketball game. Mike fully recovered after wearing the McDavid 199 Lace-up Ankle Brace for almost 3 months. So it’s one we will always recommend.
Lightweight and made of a combination of woven nylon, vinyl mesh fabric (latex free), metal, and plastic for protection, flexible, breathable due to HydraVent hDc Moisture Management material plus the ventilated tongue and stylish, this brace is one of the top choices for sports people helping with recovery as well as preventing sports injuries(offers a level 3 protection). This brace is one of those you put on and forget about, a definite keeper.
McDavid 199 Lace-up Ankle Brace is effective for major pain, sprains prevention and treatment, foot instability providing relief from bursitis, arthritis, and tendonitis. It is recommended by doctors from all over the world and there is a reason behind that. It is a truly well-made product.
However, let’s dive into users reviews and see what others say.
From the hundreds of reviews we went through, more than 60% are extremely positive. But we looked into complaints as well, as you will notice below. That’s because there is no perfect product and we truly want to give you all the good and the bad so you can make an educated buy decision. As we always recommend, please don’t base your purchasing decision solely on TopBestBraces.com.
We always encourage you to try the products before you buy.
A couple of people complained about the quality, which only appears durable but is not so. This brace broke down easily for them after months of wearing and it damaged socks also causing some blisters. We consider these cases isolated though as not many people complained about these issues. Still as with Aircast A60 Ankle Support Brace, we believe it is just a matter using the correct size. Too loose or too tight may be the cause and not the brace itself. Use the sizing chart for proper fit.
A bit on the bulky side it will still fit in almost all shoes and even in skates. The lateral plastic bars (not hard plastic) for improved support and stability can be removed for increased comfort once your injury starts healing and the pain diminishes. Some users report pain in the heel but the brace may need to ‘broken in’ to get comfortable.
In conclusion it offers good to great comfort, solid stability and good to great mobility therefore it looks a great buy to us.
There aren’t too many brands that offer sizes for braces but Venom Neoprene Ankle Brace does. It comes in small, medium, and large for a secure guaranteed fit. If you have issue with the one-size-fits-all braces, maybe you want to try these. Venom Neoprene Ankle Brace provides great support and protection due to a pair of side stabilizers, pain relief through arch support design reducing the pain from arthritis and, ankle sprain while reducing the muscle fatigue with the help of the advanced compression system.
Venom Neoprene Ankle Brace works well for all sports including soccer, basketball, tennis, and so on. It’s perfect for running too. It’s flexible, light-weight, easy to put on and remove with double strap support and laces providing advanced reinforcement. The neoprene makes it breathable keeping the moisture away for long hours of use. Can be worn on both ankles but is not unisex so you will need to refer to the sizing chart.
The comfort is good to great for use all day long for prolonged amount of time, great stability, and good to great mobility suitable for playing sports and being active.
Can be applied over a sock if it feels too tough on the feet. It’s quite thin so it won’t feel bulky even with a sock on. Can be machine washed but we wouldn’t recommend machine dry because of the Velcro. The lace up system with six sets of eyelets and the straps make this brace easily adjustable to your feet and to the type of injury or prevention you need. Provides improvements and heals ankle twists and sprains if used correctly and for the recommended amount of time.
The only major complaint we kept seeing while going through user reviews was that the brace felt too tight in the first days of use. The best part is that the tightness goes away after it breaks in and it fits like a glove. So no real issues here.
Made out of flexible neoprene, it offers a unique sectional design for a comfortable fit and comfort while providing stability and support for mild injured ankles and sprain/roll prevention. Mueller Adjustment Ankle Sports Support is a simple brace but don’t confuse it with a non-performance one. It does have all the bells and whistles of a brace to use on a daily basis for sports and for regular activities as well. This is probably the only brace we review today that looks appropriate for anyone and for any kind of life, active or not.
Definitely a good choice for basketball since it’s really easy to put on and remove, though it is a bit on the bulky side. Still it will stretch in time after a number of days and the sports enthusiasts can wear it for training and games and keep the eyes and mind on the game and not on the ankle.
It fits with multiple shoe styles better than a lace up brace (a bit on the small side), it’s so easy to put on and take off due to the dual adjustable Velcro straps. It has a low profile so it’s not sticking out like McDavid does. It’s soft, thin, and lightweight but it may get sweaty and smelly. The good part is that you can wash and dry in the machine – it won’t shrink.
However, like any brace with Velcro we recommend handwashing if you want it to hold. It’s durable enough for months if not years of use depending on how active you are. Keep in mind that some items may not hold that well due to some poor sewing. Check the stitching for the crisscross straps when you purchase it to make sure the work was properly done. The worst will be for it to keep getting lost in the middle of the game. An athlete’s nightmare.
Furthermore it provides good to great support for ligaments, tendons, and the ankle bones keeping everything sturdy in place making it great for daily use like walking, standing, and gym exercising. Depending on the person it may be a bit uncomfortable for the heel. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or you have blood circulation problems, you may want to consult with your doctor first before using any kind of brace.
Mueller Adjustment Ankle Sports Support brace gets bulkier on the front where the flaps overlap so if you do a lot of bending this brace may not be for you. Regardless it will fit the majority of shoes, from high profile basketball ones to soccer cleats.
We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of user feedback we could find online about this brace. There are literally thousands of reviews so we have had a busy time going through them and identifying the strengths and weaknesses for you. Probably from all the braces we reviewed for these top ten braces, this was the most time consuming (and rewarding, read below).
Bracco is a well known brand for sports injuries products with products that not only address ankle injuries and prevention but knee, back, elbow, wrist, and hand and so on so forth. Bracco brags about being a truly dedicated company to improve our lives. So we wanted to see how it holds in the real life. Without further ado let’s just jump into our Bracoo Breathable Neoprene Ankle Brace review.
This brace features a great concept and design providing a sturdy strong support while being lightweight and easy on the foot due to the neoprene sponge. It can be worn with or without socks being fully breathable due to the Lycra breathable fabric and is easily adjustable. For best use release the Velcro and lay the brace flat on the floor, then start putting it together by tightening the closure on the foot, then the one above the ankle and finish with the crisscross. A tight one will give more support but you may want to loosen it up a bit for sports for better mobility.
It comes with a custom design, open heel concept for improved foot arch support allowing great movement while still of a great support for the ankle tendons, ligaments, and joints. It protects and helps recovering after injury very well. It’s made of breathable elastic neoprene that keeps the heat and sweat away so you can enjoy your basketball play with ease.
Bracoo Breathable Neoprene Ankle Brace provides a good to great ankle support due to the multiple straps. It’s easy to use and easily adjustable to your foot. Comes in one size and one color (black). Machine washing and drying work well though we don’t recommend machine washing for any brace. It may make it loosen up and lose the Velcro grip faster. Like for all braces, no ironing or bleaching is allowed.
Zamst A2-DX Ankle Brace is a more specialized brace with an advanced x-shape strap stabilizer, basically a 3-way medical support for back, sides, and front of the ankle. This brace provides enhanced anatomical stability with an extra strap that goes around and keep everything together. It has a high level of customization for different grades of pressure based on the injury or type of prevention.
Another feature, one that makes this brace kind of unique is that is composed of movable buffer pads, two Velcro strips for great fit to the ankle area, two double elastic strips attached with Velcro, and a stiff plastic providing rigid support for the ankle joint. Boy, didn’t we say it’s specialized (read complicated)?!? In fact, this is the number one complaint from people buying it, it’s just too complicated. However, the support and the level of customization are top notch. So you may find yourself liking it. We believe it is a fair trade.
It provides a great upper ankle support but is poor for the lower ankle. As a result, the under sock appears loose. The inside pads are comfortable and you can use it or not, completely up to you.
Provides great support for ankle injuries including torn ligaments but not so great for the Achilles’ tendon. It fits in the majority of the shoes though it seems a bit on the bulky side – no wonder with so many straps and pads. The size is a bit on the small side and some people complain about it being rigid and not giving perfect comfort. The instructions seem to be poor.
Made of high quality elastic SBR, lightweight nylon, and elastic lycra, this brace provides solid support due to the crisscross straps being ideal for all ankle injuries including arthritis, tendonitis, and all sorts of ligament sprains and tears. The perforated design offers extra breathability to keep the moisture away and it features an anti-odor, anti-bacterial, and anti-itch material so you can enjoy playing your favorite sports. It has an open heel design helping with motion and mobility while providing a customized support due to the two Velcro straps.
We are not big fans of one-size-fits-most but the dual straps with the hoop and loop closure system and the great elastic material provide a pretty decent fit in the shoe and unless your foot is too small or too big you should be covered.
Liomor Ankle Support Breathable Ankle Brace has two adjustable flaps and tabs that fully wrap the ankle offering good compression and support for injury recovery and prevention. Premium material and good Velcro will keep your hurting area safe while offering good motion and stability. But wait, there’s more! This brace comes with lifetime support and warranty with 100% money back guarantee. Isn’t that sweet?
The setup is so easy: lay the ankle wrap down on the floor, step on it with the heel on the opening, tighten the Velcro closure for the lower foot to a comfortable hug, do the same with the top part and lastly crossover and tighten the crisscross straps. You are all setup! Probably it cannot get any easier than that and we are all about easy on, easy off.
This brace offers medium to good support for after injury recovery, treatment and prevention and fits easily in almost all athletic shoes. Can be worn for a long period of time.
Overall a good brace for mild sprains, easy to use, and easily adjustable to your foot and comfort. Especially relevant. it provides the support needed for daily activities without being too bulky.
We kept seeing ASO Ankle Stabilizer coming up over and over again in our research for the best ankle brace for basketball so we looked into the specifications and the user reviews and we are totally impressed. Great specs and great reviews. Therefore you can’t go wrong, or can you? So how does it hold?The first thing that caught our eyes is not the comfort, stability, or mobility this brace offers, which by the way are all great judging by the number of enthusiasts, but the fact that this brace is made in the USA. Many of us would prefer something built locally and it is not about quality necessarily but supporting the local economy. That works for us! So finally something made in the USA!
The second thing is that this brace looks more like a boot than a brace. This can make it or break it depending on what kind of activities you do and what kind of shoes you wear. We have our suspicions it won’t go well with sneakers. However, since we are talking about braces for basketball, we have the feeling just by looking at this brace that it will fit just fine with your low profile athletic shoes. Without further ado let’s dive in and review this brace in detail.
ASO Ankle Stabilizer comes with a lacing system, a figure 8 nylon straps with two cross straps, and one more strap around the lower shin – a radial lower calf strap. It prevents and treats the majority of ankle injuries due to the 90-degree position. Comes in various sizes to find your right fit – refer to the sizing chart that comes with the brace.
This is not an easy brace to put on and take off but the steps are pretty straight forward: slip the foot in and lace up keeping the foot comfortable, take the crisscross side straps that go under your arch, cross and lock them in place with the large Velcro on the sides, and lastly secure everything in place with the wrap-around horizontal straps. It’s not the complexity but the many things you have to do that adds time to the whole process. Anyway, once you are all setup you can bet you are fully protected against both inversion and eversion sprains. Game on!
It really feels like wearing a thick pair of extra socks. You may want to play a bit to find a good place to lock the straps (up and down) and how tight you should lace up. Loosen and tighten until you find your sweet spot. It may take longer to get it snug-but-comfortable due to the multiple layers. You can do machine wash but we don’t recommend it. It doesn’t get smelly easily so you may want only to air it over night and not necessarily wash it after every use.
ASO Ankle Stabilizer feels better than an ACE bandage, offering great support, ankle feels locked in, which is great. We liked that it works on either foot, making it an easier purchase.