Ankle Foot Orthoses for the Athlete
Ankle braces have emerged as a standard therapeutic modality in the treatment of the athlete. Over the past 30 years, more research has been published studying the treatment effects of ankle braces than any research on foot inserts or foot orthoses. Still, there remain many misconceptions and questions about the use of bracing of the athlete. This chapter provides an overview of the types, indications, and effects of braces used in the lower extremity.