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Love it - very comfortable, helped fix my sprained ankle
on 24 February 2014
I got this to help with a minor ankle sprain from a running fall last weekend and it's really helped to reduce the pain and swelling and increase mobility to the extent that I now feel able to resume my running this week. This is my first proper injury and I think it's a tendon overstretch rather than a tear as I've not had any bruising. But I didn't know that you need to treat with ice ASAP so I'd left it for about 5 days, wearing just a compression sock and hoping it would get better by itself! (...it didn't... )
I now know to do RICE as soon as I get any kind of pain and not assume that a niggling pain it will go away after a few days!
The velcro strap is perfect and allows you to strap the compress on as tightly as you want. The gel pack is flexible so you can mould it around the area you need to treat. We had another gel pack in the fridge which also fits the sleeve so I can alternate between the two and don't have to wait for it to re-freeze.
The best thing about it is that you can ice your injury without being completely immobile and stranded on the sofa for 20 minutes. This means that I can easily elevate my leg without the compress falling off and can get up and walk around, cook and do other things while wearing it. Which encourages you to use it more frequently as it's not such a palava as sitting with a bag of ice that keeps sliding off...
After a weekend of using this about 7 times, (plus some mobility exercises, stretching, swimming and ibuprofen) my ankle is significantly better, much less swollen, more flexible and much less painful. I can now walk without a limp, the ache is almost gone and I'm looking forward to running again in a few days, so am delighted with this purchase!