The MalleoLoc Ankle Brace supports weak, unstable ankles while enabling normal range-of-motion of the ankle joint. The outside stay of this adjustable brace fits just ahead of the outside ankle bone (fibula) while the inner stay fits just behind the medial ankle bone (tibia.) The unique design of the MalleoLoc Ankle Brace leaves the foot open for maximal dorsiflexion and plantarflexion while limiting inversion and eversion of the ankle. This focus on sagittal plane motion improves your game by allowing the ankle to stay more active.
The MalleoLoc Ankle Brace is the perfect stabilizer for sports and one of the best rigid ankle supports that volleyball, soccer, and basketball players should wear. Figure 8 Velcro strapping remains secure with the most vigorous activity, protecting against ankle instability. Brace components are color-coded for easy application. Heat moldable for custom fit. Fits most shoes. Latex-free. Right/left specific. By Bauerfeind. 1/pkg.
Sizing is based on heel width:
Indications - The Malleoloc Ankle Brace is used to treat chronic lateral ankle sprains and ligamentous laxity of the lateral ankle. The Malleoloc Ankle Brace may be used in rehab for acute ankle sprains and after lateral ankle surgery. Also may be used in sports to prevent ankle sprains. Additional indications include treatment of chronic peroneal tendonitis and peroneal tendon subluxation.
Foot Care Tip! When shopping for an ankle brace ask yourself this question: Am I looking for a brace that provides lateral ankle stability or compression for control of swelling? On a scale of 1-5 (1 poor/5 best) we rate the Malleoloc Ankle Brace a '5' for control of instability and '2' for control of swelling. We primarily recommend the Malleoloc Ankle Brace for active users who require long-term control of instability in sports. Be sure to check out each of our other ankle supports for additional information.
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Does the Malleoloc hold up with a runner who runs 20+ miles each week?
The brace is made with sturdy velcro and very stiff plastic stays, and is designed for athletes in mind, but there's no specific warranty based on hours of use.
Do you wear this brace under a sock or over a sock?
Over the sock. For many folks playing in team sports, they'll wear it over a sock but under the sock with their team colors.
I have a problem with chronic weakness/instability in my anterior talofibular ligament. Will this brace help support that area of the ankle? And if so, my ankle measures 2.5 inches. Would you recommend the larger size or the smaller one for a more snug fit? (The Bauerfeind website indicates 2 3/8" as the sizing cutoff btwn the two).
The Malleoloc Brace is specifically made to stabilize the ATF. For active sports and for ATF instability, we believe the Malleoloc is the best brace on the market. It allows for sagital plane motion (toes towards the shin/toes away from the shin) while it limits frontal plane motion (soles facing each other/soles away). Go for the small. That'd be a better choice for you.
Would this brace prevent the peroneal tendon from subluxing? And would it fit a child? My son is only 5.
Maybe, but you have to consider peroneal tendon subluxation a secondary indication for the Malleoloc Brace. Without a history of inversion ankle injury, the peroneal groove on the back of the fibula is likely too shallow and will have to be corrected at some stage. But on the other hand, if the subluxation of the tendons cause him no pain, he might be able to get along without treatment. The Malleoloc Ankle Brace is designed to be an adult brace and would likely not fit a 5 y/o.
I'm shopping for a brace to use on my right ankle while playing football (soccer). I've not seen any of my team mates using a brace like this. How does it compare to the other braces you sell on your web site?
Ankle braces are usually used for two things: ankle swelling and/or ankle instability. The Malleoloc brace is great for ankle instability but doesn't really provide much compression for ankle edema. The Malleoloc is our best seller for folks with recurrent ankle injuries who are active. It's less of an acute injury brace and more of a chronic problem kind of brace.
Only blue? Does it come in any other colors? If so, can I special order it in black?
Nope. Sorry. Only comes in one color.
My feet are so flat now that I even roll right over my own orthotics. Specifically, my rigt ankle is very unstable due to years of the aforementioned condition. Will MALLEOLOC help me in this regard? desperate,
No. Sorry. The Malleoloc is designed to manage lateral ankle instability. I do have two suggestions for you though. First is a simple modification of your orthotics. Go back to who ever made them and have them add a new top cover to them that is made of a heavy gauge, firm density foam. Have the top cover extend beyond the edge of the orthotic. Do this on both sides of the orthotic so that when it's in the shoe it looks as if the top cover runs up the sides of the shoe. Add to that a deep heel seat and it just might work for you. The second option is to get into an articulated ankle brace where the orthotic is actually attached to the leg with hinges at the ankle. In that way you use the leg to brace the foot. A good example of this can be found at http://www.richiebrace.com/catalog-2.htm. Check out the brace called an arch suspender.
My peroneal tendon is completely severed. It was surgically repaired when I was 25 from a college b-ball injury. I'm 50 now, and it just finally gave out. My right foot now turns outward laterally when I walk, and obviously the instability is pronounced. Doctors have suggested attaching a borrowed tendon, and then moving my heel a few centimaters laterally to counteract my instability. It seems very likely MelleoLoc will make me more stable. My question is will it realign my footstrike as I walk so I'm not turning outward with each step?
It'd be nice if the Malleoloc would work, but I don't think it's going to be the right brace for you. The Malleoloc is specific for ATF instability. From the description of your injury, I think you'd be better in an articulated or even rigid AFO (ankle foot orthotic). Look on Google for those two braces to get a visual on them. One of the most popular is called a Ritchie Brace (see link above). I just don't think the Malleoloc is going to do it for you.
Would this brace work for "Posterior Tibial Tendonitis"
The Malleoloc Ankle Brace is primarily used to prevent and support lateral ankle sprains. Posterior Tibial Tendonitis is more of a flat foot problem that can benefit from products that elevate the heel or tip it to the medial side. Take a look at our article on posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and the products recommended at the top of the article.
Can you reshape the brace at all? If so how. I have the July 2010 version.
The thermoplastic material may be heat molded to provide a custom fit.
The Malleoloc brace shown in the photo does not appear to have the achilles strap but the one in the video clearly does. Is there a difference? I have been in Malleoloc for years due to chronic ankle instability due to repeated injury. I am very active and need to replace them every year.
I'm not sure what you are referring to when you say 'Achilles strap', but the product in the video, once it is fully applied, looks exactly the same as the product image in the photo? They both have a figure-8 crisscross strap going across the front of the ankle, and another strap that secures the brace around the lower calf. Call us to discuss your question a bit more.
This is a repeat of my previous question. In the malleoloc video the strap C is clearly visible and identified as such (it goes against the achilles at the back of the heel). The malleoloc brace shown in the products section does not show a strap C or the attachment point for such in any of the 4 photos. These are clearly 2 different models of the malleoloc brace. Which of the 2 is being sold?
You are actually correct. Bauerfiend redesigned the Malleoloc Ankle Brace several months ago, to include only 2 straps. The 'C' strap was eliminated in the redesign. Our video is for the old model, not the new, so will need to be updated.
I spent years as a runner, and was diagnosed with a Talar dome defect. I have high arches and orthotics and gave up running three years ago because of the pain. I'm currently wearing Z-Coil shoes to minimize heel strikes but after rolling my ankle on an uneven surface and falling, I'm looking for another option. I need a brace that won't cut off circulation but will provide support from rolling and will therefore provide stability and reduce the pain of walking. Can you make a suggestion please?
I spoke with our Medical Director, and he suggested I pass this on to you: The Malleoloc brace is by far going to be the best choice from the standpoint stability while being less bulky than other braces. The only limitation of the Malleoloc is that it doesn’t address ankle swelling at all. If swelling is an issue, you’d be better with a slip on elastic brace.
From your comments you still have issues with what may be an osteochondral dome fracture of the talus and lateral ankle instability. The two conditions often interact in that lateral ankle instability leads to re-injury of the talar dome. Best to have that checked by your podiatrist or orthopedist.
Can I wear this brace while running?
Yes, the Malleoloc Ankle Brace is designed to add ankle stability while being active.
I was in a serious car accident about 4 & 1/2 months ago. My ankle was broken & my calcaneous was completely shattered. I was in a support boot up to my knee but I recently got clearance to start walking without the boot. I got an ankle brace from a medical supply store but Im not fully satisfied with it. When I wear it with tennis shoes I still have some pain, especially in my heel & the outer edge of the bottom of my foot because when I walk I tend to let my feet roll outward, which puts all the pressure on that area. When I don't have anything on & walk barefoot I don't have a ton of ankle pain, although in therapy my ankle pain is severe. But when Im walking barefoot all my pain is in the bottom of my heel. Im wondering a couple things. Would you recommend an insole of some sort to help with the pain in my heel & the side of the bottom of my foot? & for my ankle injury, is there a specific brace you'd suggest? I'd like to try something else. One other thing, I've been wearing size 11 wide shoes to allow room for swelling & my ankle brace, though normally I wear a 10.5-11 regular width. If I get a brace, should I order the wide size? What is your return policy in case something doesn't fit?
Answer: There’s a couple of ways that you could approach your problem. Let me see if we can give you a few ideas… 1. At 4.5 months out on what sounds like a pretty severe injury, you ought to be wearing a slip on elastic ankle brace for control of edema. 2. The first way to inhibit the lateral rolling of the ankle would be to use a lateral sole wedge. Lateral sole wedges are relatively thin and can fit into most shoes which would be a big advantage compared to an ankle brace. 3. Alternatively you could try a gel heel cushion with a red rubber heel cushion under it. My goal would be to (a)control edema and (b) control the position of the heel/ankle without the use of an expensive brace.
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