Stirrup Ankle Brace

Stirrup ankle braces give support and help stabilize the ankle joint. The ankle brace can be easily removed or adjusted if there is puffiness (swelling). It is 2 rigid pieces of plastic or fiberglass that go up both sides of the lower leg. The bottom of the stirrup fits under the foot. The brace can be held on with velcro straps or an elastic wrap. Stirrup ankle braces are used to support the ankle following:

  • Sprains.

  • Strains.

  • Cast removal.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Be careful using ice on a bony area. Icing for too long may damage the nerves that are close to the surface.

  • Keep your leg raised (elevated) when possible to reduce puffiness.

  • Wiggle your toes in the splint several times a day if you are able.

  • Wear your splint until your follow-up visit. Do not put weight on it. Do not get it wet. You may take it off to take a shower or bath.

  • Use crutches for 1 week or as told by your doctor. Then, you may walk on your ankle as told. Start slow when putting weight on the affected ankle.

  • Continue to use crutches or a cane until you can stand on your ankle without pain.

  • The splint is too tight if you have numbness, tingling, or your foot becomes cold and blue. Adjust the straps or elastic bandage to make it comfortable.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have increased bruising, puffiness, or pain.

  • Your toes are blue or cold and loosening the brace or wrap does not help.

  • Your pain is not relieved with medicine.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.