Effects of Ankle Braces on Foot Posture

Understanding the mechanics of the foot and ankle and the causes of injury is crucial for preventing injuries in the future. Common preventative measures include in-shoe orthoses, ankle taping, and ankle braces. Braces and taping have been shown to reduce both the occurrence and the severity of ankle sprains, with braces being more effective. Even though bracing has been shown to be effective for preventing ankle sprains, little research has been done into their effect on irregular foot posture. If ankle braces can be shown to effectively correct foot posture in the second portion of this study, they can serve as an affordable and easily accessible preventative measure for the injuries that may result due to abnormal arch height or rearfoot angle.