The military ruined my ankles, but I found support to help

The military ruined my ankles, but I found support to help


The military ruined my ankles, but I found support to help

A picture taken shortly after twisting my ankle on this walk.

A picture taken shortly after twisting my ankle on this walk.


Having weak ankles sucks!   Have you ever struggled to finally get out to start exercising only to roll your ankle within the first couple of weeks?  Even worse, the first time you go out?   It has happened to me to many times to count and it is incredibly disheartening especially when you are just trying to make your life better, not worse.  The first part of this article was written minutes after rolling my ankle.  The second part is the research on Amazon I have done in search of the best support with these criteria in mind.

  • Affordable price

  • Bestsellers

  • Type of ankle stabilization I am looking for.

  • Braces that have high reviews

If you want to skip straight to the ankle support section where I have done all the research for the best ankle braces with price and reviews in mind scroll all the way down to the bottom of the article.  If you want to check out some background on how the military ruined my ankles and provided tools to save myself from injuring myself worse than I already do let’s start from the beginning.


Walking to get some exercise and fresh air.

Today, I decided to go for a walk in the woods.   There’s a beautiful park near my house with lots of nice trails and places to walk for a fairly decent while.    I have been feeling extremely stressed so I decided to turn on my calm app to listen to  some nice meditative music while taking in the vivid transparent green colors of the leaves above me, and the plants below.  

Thanks to my career in the Military as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician my ankles have been beaten up so many times my ankles roll on flat pavement. 

Twisting my ankle.

I have to admit I was not being very cautious since I was distracted by the meditative music probably named something like called breathe deep when it should have been called watch your step.  

I was just getting into my stride listening to the soothing sounds coming into my blue tooth hearing aids.  ( Which are AWESOME and I highly recommend for us deaf people but HOLY CRAP THEY ARE EXPENSIVE!)  Anyway my past ankle injuries and the impact of various military operations like static/free-fall parachuting, repelling, and diving come back to haunt me.  My ankle which doesn't really have any resistance anymore is suddenly turned 90 degrees.   There is no stopping the twist and there no time to react.  I have learned that if I fight my twisting ankle and try to save myself end up injuring myself even worse. 

Conducting a modified parachute landing fall to prevent further injury.

Ironically within a split second, I do something that the military taught me to counter the problem that is currently taking place.

Somehow without even thinking about it my military training kicks in for the inevitable hard landing.  I wouldn’t say stuck a proper PLF because that would’ve required me to have both feet and knees together and be ready for the fall.   Since one ankle was at  90°  I had to improvise.  Honestly, I can’t even remember how I did it but when my fight with gravity ended I felt the transfer of energy through my body I come out of my feet just like a good PLF should.    

For those of you who are interested in learning more about a PLF can check out Wikipedia for their description of a parachute landing fall.

After I rolled my ankle

A feeling only  I can only describe as in embarrassment hits me as I look around to see if anybody witnessed my tumble.   This time I was lucky.

My left hand is covered in red clay-like mud and my right knee is stinging.   I quickly get up and continue walking down the path like nothing had happened.  SMOOTH

I reached down on my right knee and feel the familiar silky fluid.   Fortunately tis but a scratch.

I get angry at the military for leaving me with weak ankles.  The ironic realization that the military that weakened my ankles so much yet also provided me with a mechanism to help me mitigate the fall I just took is not lost as I continue walking down the path annoyed at what just took place.

Not the first time I have had to conducted an evasive maneuver while exercising.

So now I am walking down this path thinking about another time I almost bit it big time.  When I was in better shape I was running to the same trail and as I was crossing the road I hit an upraised cobblestone brick ( I still love you Pittsburgh ) with the tip of my toe just in the right spot to throw me completely off balance.   



Falling forward, I attempt to save myself by running faster.  When I realize that it was not going to save me from eating bricks n kicking my myself in the head at the same time,  I some how manage to twist my body to the side, lower my shoulder and roll across the square of my back then I am back up on my feet almost in awe as to what just happened.  






What my ankle brace research has discovered.

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If you just want to see the braces that I have researched and you skipped the rest of the article, I can't blame you.  I don't read stuff either LOL.

So I am sick and tired of rolling my ankles all the time.


ankle compression socks

The ankle compression socks that I have been seeing seem to be more of an aid to swelling and circulation they currently injured ankle rather than providing much stability. I would need to try a pair of these to know for sure but for my bad ankles I feel like this probably wouldn’t work.

What would you use compression socks for?

Supposedly you can use compression ankle socks for these things, but I cannot say whether or not they work.   Seems a bit BS to me, but I am no doctor so who knows.   I know for sure this isn't what I need, but if this seems like what you are looking for feel free to check out these compression socks on Amazon.  They should be sorted from cheapest to most expensive If you make a purchase I get tiny percentage of the sale to help me purchase art supplies and pay for this site.

  • Joint pain

  • Injury recovery swelling

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Achilles Tendonitis


Now this seems to be the type of ankle support that I am looking for. These  appear to have a rigid outer wall to help prevent rolling of the ankles which is exactly what I need.

If you want to just look at everything on Amazon, feel free to check out the ankle braces here..  If you want to see the ones I am looking at purchasing continue on below.

What would you use ankle braces for?

  • Stabilization

  • Ankle sprains

  • Prevent re-injury

  • Once again says Plantar Fasciitis ?????

in between ankle support with wraps and straps

So there is a middle type of ankle support that is just a sock that has more padding, then there are these ankle socks / braces that wrap up and lace up.   These seem a little bit to weak for me since I want some real stability, but they would probably just work fine.  The are all mixed in with the ankle braces

What would you use these for?

Same as above.

when you need bomb proof ankle STABILIZER

Ok, I just had to put this one in here just because it looks cool.  I don't need it, but if you wrecked your ankle something fierce, and need the shock doctors help you can find it here.







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  • Reinforced side stabilizers help limit lateral motion

  • Design offers customizable levels of compression and support

  • Adjustable features for custom comfort

  • Easy-to-use design for hassle-free wear

  • Breathable materials allow air to circulate and helps keep skin dry.


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As I stated before, this is the one that I am going for.  Unfortunately they are $27.00 per foot which is annoying.

  • Athletes participating in an independent study at a major research university had 3x fewer injuries when wearing the 195 ankle brace

  • Design simulates athletic tape with figure-6 strapping pattern



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  • COMFORT AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: The Air Knit fabric of the Sports Ankle Support is lightweight, comfortable, moisture-wicking and washable. It is designed for maximum breathability and comfort. Its anatomic contouring and taping strap guarantee a secure fit and maximum freedom of movement. The ankle brace is designed to provide additional support during sports such as football, basketball, baseball, soccer, weight training & more!

  • FIT AND SIZING: Measure the circumference of your ankle at the narrowest point above the ankle bone. Refer to the sizing chart in the product images for a size to associate with this measurement.

  • HELPS PROTECT AGAINST SPRAINS: The Sports Ankle Support holds the ankle securely in place during longer sporting activities and reduces your risk of sprains and ankle injury. The support’s beneficial compression and integrated taping strap stabilize the ankle. Looped straps provide adjustable support and flexibiltiy to ensure effective stabilization and a comfortable fit.

  • TARGETED RELIEF: The knitted fabric gently massages the tissue during movement. The looped strap also exerts additional compression. This action improves circulation and the dual stimulation triggers positive sensory motor feedback. The ligaments are relieved and the stabilizing muscles are activated more quickly, thus improving joint coordination in the long term. The support provides help protecting against lateral twisting.\


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  • Patented outside shoe design allows user to retain ankle mobility & comfort while still having ankle protection

  • Left/right option for optimal fit, protection, & placement of cushion under ankle ligaments

  • One size fits majority & can be used on most shoe types (including cleats)

  • Easy to put on, take off, & customize to shoe

  • Light-weight (2.4 oz), durable EVA rubber material & silicone grips to shoe



I hope that I have been able to help you figure out what type of support you need during my own research for what I need.  

There are plenty of different types of braces, supports and socks out there so take the time to figure out which ones you need.

Stay safe out there!

thumbs up after rolling twisting ankle
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