Treatment of acute ankle sprain. Comparison of a semi-rigid ankle brace and compression bandage in 73 patients

Acta Orthop Scand. 1995 Dec;66(6):529-31. doi: 10.3109/17453679509002308.


We randomized 73 patients with grades II and III ankle sprain to treatment with an Air-Stirrup ankle brace or a compression bandage. All patients were instructed to attempt early motion and weight bearing when comfortable. Ankle function was evaluated after 3-5 days and 2, 4, and 10 weeks with a clinical examination, the Sickness Impact Profile questionnaire, Karlsson's scoring scale and recording of sick leaves. The group treated with the Air-Stirrup ankle brace was more mobile in the initial phase of rehabilitation and had a shorter sick leave. Ankle brace treatment resulted in socioeconomic savings.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries / therapy*
  • Bandages*
  • Braces*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Sprains and Strains / therapy*