The ASO technology is the most preferred ankle device by the top notch football teams to reduce, prevent and treat ankle sprains. The Ankle Stabilizing Orthosis Ankle Brace is a professional with superior engineering at a price affordable by the sportsmen. It is the first choice of athletic trainers, coaches, orthopedic surgeons, sports-medicine specialists, and professional athletes. Its design offers better strength and support by holding your ankle in a safe neutral position preventing painful injuries and permitting greater safe movement after an injury. The exclusive design supports and protects the vital subtalar joint where the crippling injuries occurs the most. Its lightweight construction helps in comfortable fitting inside most athletic and casual shoes. The two stabilizing straps lock the heel firmly in place. The inexpensive ASO is reusable and washable. The studies have revealed that taped players were three times more likely to sprain their ankles as compared to the players braced with the ASO.
Choosing the correct ASO model
The different types of ASO models available in the market are:
a) Unique ASO is the most popular model offering excellent support and fits inside any shoe.
b) ASO EVO is the popular model that is ideal for people who had multiple ankle sprains. It has a stiff cuff and the straps connect under the heel providing more support by holding the ankle. It is a bit bulky and it fits inside any shoe.
c) The ASO max has a soft lining which makes it more comfortable to wear without socks. It is suitable for the people who do karate.
d) The ASO with plastic stays is similar to the original brace but it has little pockets on both the sides.
e) ASO speed lacer comes in two different models: The regular model which is just like the original ASO having two set of straps attached by a Velcro to put the brace on and off faster. Another model is the Speed lacer model which has the same design and works similarly.
f) ASO flex hinge provides the maximum support because of a hinge that restricts your movements and it is only used in extreme situations.
b) It is of low profile and fits into any shoe comfortably.
c) Elastic cuff closure present on the top of brace keeps laces and straps secure and lessen the amount of inversion.
d) Ballistic nylon straps with original straps lock heals and duplicate ankle taping.
e) Bio mechanical design helps in keeping the foot in a neutral position thereby reducing the occurrence of inversion type ankle injuries.
f) Ballistic nylon base offers marvelous strength to the brace.
g) Laces are strong and resistant to shrinkage because of polyester.
h) Cool flex material inside Achilles area and front portion of the brace is lightweight and cool and it provides excellent fit.
What to look for
A good brace completely surrounds the ankle having laces or Velcro to adjust tightness. It also has supporting straps wrapping around heel. Ankle brace with straps is the most popular one; having two straps wrapping around the heel from both the sides. This style provides maximum structural support and the best compression to improve proprioception. All braces don’t come with straps but it is advisable to choose the one with straps. The strong strap with Velcro attachments helps in keeping your ankle stable during sports. Some braces do not completely enclose the ankle. The stirrup type braces covers the outside parts of the ankle providing more support. Braces with no laces are less effective because they cannot be kept tight throughout the game.