I had my first orthotic appointment this morning to assess me for insoles and the orthotist gave be some ankle splints to try as well. http://www.ossur.com/?PageID=13539
Just to give some background. I'm HMS and have knee, hip, SI and lower back problems mostly. My ankles are very mobile according to the orthotist (but not my GP when he looked at them 2 months ago
) but I don't have much of a problem with them in terms of pain as I generally wear sensible shoes. I have the typical HMS 'high arch feet' which collapse to 'flat feet' on weight-bearing causing lots of knee pain. I have over the years compensated for this by supinating my feet (the opposite to pronating; with all the weight on the outside edge of the feet) and often go over on my ankle. Unless it's a very bad twist it normally doesn't hurt at all, although my knee generally suffers.
Anyhow I've had the ankle splints on most of the day (with and without shoes) and have found that they don't seem to stop the sideways twist of my ankles at all. In fact they are seeming to make the foot itself even more unstable and causing me to vary between pronating and supinating. They also limit the up and down flexion of my feet which makes going down stairs excruciating (for my knees, not my ankles) and makes driving even more painful than normal.
Has anyone found that splints don't stabilise the joint at all or even make them worse?