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This answer is different for everyone and really depends on your personal activity level. If you are very active and play a team sport seasonally as well as other organized sports throughout the year, you should replace your brace every year. Similar to your athletic shoes the ankle brace will lose its effectiveness and ability to provide the support you require.  If you participate in multiple sports during the year you may want to consider purchasing additional ankle braces(s) and rotate using.  You should replace your brace when you observe obvious signs of wear and deterioration of the brace that could impact its’ functionality.

Lace-up braces are sized by shoe size. If you have a half shoe size or on the borderline between sizes, always go down a size for the best fit. EXTRA wide feet on the borderline between sizes may require going up a size – With brace completely laced, check the distance (amount of tongue showing) between the inner side panels.  If this space is wider than 1.5 inches, the brace you have may be too small.  If the space is less than .5 inches, the brace you have may be too large.

Swede-O Ankle Lok space between side panels

Swede-O Ankle Braces should be worn over a sock.

This is an individual decision. Those who only wear one usually only use the brace as protective gear after an injury; those who wear braces on both ankles usually wear them for preventative reasons.

We recommend a low top shoe or athletic shoe for best fit, but many of our braces will fit in other types of shoes as well. Our Swede-O Tarsal Lok ankle brace lace-up, our lowest profile brace is designed specifically to fit in a soccer shoe or with orthotics.  The nylon braces with straps (Strap Lok, Inner Lok 8 & X8 ankle braces) are also low profile and should fit comfortably in most shoes.

Based on type of activity, condition or injury, see the “Brace Commonly Used Chart” below as a guide. In many cases it may depend on personal preference such as: includes figure-8 straps, type of closure, with or without stabilizers, limiting motion, etc.

All of our lace-up braces provide great support; it really depends on personal preference. We have several choices depending on your support needs and your comfort preferences. Visit each product for the features and benefits to see which is best for you or view our Comparison Chart below.

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The lace-up ankle braces are bilateral and will fit either the left or right foot.

The Swede-O Arch Lok rigid ankle brace is specific to left or right foot.

The Swede-O Step-Smart ankle brace is specific to left or right foot.

Each brace is sold individually, not as a pair.

Most products are returnable or exchangeable within 15 days of the invoice date. All returns must be accompanied by an RMA/EMA number.

Swede-O, Inc. warrants that all products shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year on Swede-O lace-up ankle braces and 6 months for other products. Product durability will vary with usage and care. Any warranty is voided if wear or usage instructions are disregarded and if care instructions are not followed.

Please inspect all products carefully when received. We suggest that when you receive your product, try it on to see if it fits properly. If it is not the correct fit, place the product back in its’ original packaging and return for size exchange.
Follow directions for Returning a Defective Product if a product is received in damaged condition.

To obtain a return or exchange authorization, please see our Return & Exchange Policy.

Orders are collected once each morning, processed and shipped via Priority Mail unless otherwise noted. Once the order is placed, it is usually shipped within 3-5 business days. Orders placed after 9am CST will be processed the following business day.

Swede-O, Inc. warrants that all products shall be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year on Swede-O lace-up ankle braces and 6 months for other products. Product durability will vary with usage and care. Any warranty is voided if wear or usage instructions are disregarded and if care instructions are not followed.