I've seriously sprained each ankle at least once and have had other minor sprains as well. The first time I tore ligaments on the left ankle. Most recently (about a year ago) I tore ligaments and chipped the bone on my right ankle when I stepped into a hole in the grass that I couldn't see and it was the most painful injury to date, and this time I was treated by a podiatrist after my GP couldn't diagnose the problem and couldn't really read the xray well. The podiatrist prescribed a "walking cast" for 6 weeks, brace for another few weeks, etc.
I still get some occasional soreness in this ankle, recently while walking all day (shopping!) I was sore and swollen enough to have to go home. I wasn't wearing very good shoes and I'm careful about that now, but I am so terrified of another ankle roll that it's hindered my activity level.
I'm a dancer and I have been wearing the drugstore foam wrap braces for class but I don't feel secure with them. My doc recommended them, but they seemed to help more with compression for pain when I was swollen and tender rather than with prevention of the ankle turning. They are fine when I know I'll be walking a lot or something but I feel like I need more protection for dance class or roughhousing with my kids outside. I've read that a "hinged" brace is better to prevent any kind of lateral roll. Can you please give me your opinion on what brace is best, and where to get it? I really want my confidence back!
Thanks so much in advance for your time. We're currently uninsured so a trip back to the podiatrist isn't feasable right now.