Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Medical Equipment and Orthopedics > Ankle Brace

Ankle Brace Cost


How Much Does an Ankle Brace Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $20-$200+
post E-mail post Post  

An ankle brace can be used for a variety of conditions and injuries, including sprains, tendonitis, osteoarthritis and tendon injury.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for a doctor-prescribed ankle brace consists of a durable goods copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. An ankle brace typically is covered by health insurance if it is prescribed by a doctor.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, an ankle brace typically costs about $20-$200 or more, depending on the type of brace and the condition being treated. The cost tends to be lower for a brace made from elastic or fabric that offers light to moderate support, and higher for a brace made of plastic or lightweight metal that offers maximum support. For example, BetterBraces.com offers ankle braces for injuries for $7-$75, and CVS offers basic ankle braces for about $10-$50. BraceShop.com charges from about $20-$100 or more for an ankle brace for Achilles tendonitis. Walgreens charges about $10 for an elastic ankle brace to about $100 for a hard-shell walking boot. BraceShop.com charges from about $25-$115 for an ankle brace for a sprain. BraceShop.com charges $15-$150 for an ankle brace for osteoarthritis. And BraceShope.com charges about $30-$220 for a brace for ankle instability or tendon injury.
Related articles: Crutches, Physical Therapy, Sprained or Broken Ankle, Ankle Replacement, Pain Management

What should be included:
  • A brace can be used to reduce swelling and provide support for a sprained ankle[1] and also can be worn to prevent sprains in athletes.
  • A brace can be used to support the joints and help reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis in the ankle[2] .
  • A brace can be used to provide support for patients with ankle instability[3] . For mild cases, a lace-up cloth brace might be used, while a boot might be used for more severe cases.
  • In some cases, a doctor will recommend or prescribe an off-the-shelf brace, but in other cases, an orthotist[4] will evaluate, help design and fit a patient with a brace.
Additional costs:
  • Crutches typically cost about $15-$100.
  • In some cases, such as after an injury or surgery, physical therapy might be required at a cost of about $50-$350 per session.
Discounts:
  • Drug stores and websites that sell braces sometimes may offer coupons or special offers. For example, BraceShop.com has a savings club[5] that offers a 5% discount for signing up.
Shopping for an ankle brace:
  • A family doctor or sports medicine doctor can prescribe a prophylactic brace to prevent sports injuries, while an orthopedic surgeon -- preferably one who specializes in conditions of the foot and ankle -- can treat injuries and perform surgery, and a rheumatologist can treat arthritis. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society offers a locator for orthopedic surgeons[6] who specialize in conditions of the foot and ankle; and the American College of Rheumatology offers a rheumatologist locator[7] .
  • In some cases, a patient may need to see an orthotist, a certified health professional who specializes in braces and other orthotics, to get evaluated and fitted for a brace. The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics offers an orthotist locator[8] by state.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Top 7 Ways to Trim Pet Expenses
Pets, for many, are part of the family; another member that needs love, feeding and treatment, just like anyone else in the household. || Posted September 18 2013


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With an Ankle Brace
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Brace: Condition Treated: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00150
  2.  www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/foot-ankle-osteoarthritis
  3.  www.foothealthfacts.org/footankleinfo/chronic-ankle-instability.htm
  4.  oandpcare.org/OrthoticCareFaq
  5.  www.braceshop.com/productcart/pc/viewContent.asp?idPage=151
  6.  www.abos.org/find-a-certified-orthopaedic-surgeon.aspx
  7.  www.rheumatology.org/directory/geo.asp
  8.  www.abcop.org/Pages/Directory.aspx?searchtype=Facility
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Do Botox Treatments Cost? How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost? How Much Does Teeth Cleaning Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Ventolin/Albuterol inhaler
Paid: 67.53
If purchased at WalMart on March 24th, 2017, the co-pay would have been 67.53; if ordered from the Humana Mail Order Pharmacy, the cost would have been $50.I could not afford it... [more]
-vineyridge
Albuterol Inhaler Cost
Lizard
Paid: 150.00
The beardie was adopted for $20.00 at a local repticon. Tank was over 30 inch long, cost less than $70-80 at Petsmart during Xmas sale. Everything else were bought online from Dr. Foster, Amazon and Chewy... [more]
-Gaga
Pet Lizard Cost
My Entertainment Company Went Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty
Paid: 2100.00
All I can say is WOW. When I hired Evan Nine Entertainment, I had no idea I was going to get so much extra for my money. His company handled The DJ/MC, Photography, Uplighting, and Wedding Officiant... [more]
-Linda Grayson
Wedding DJ Cost
TTE 93306
Paid: 1208.00
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980... [more]
-C. V. Wynne, M.D.
Echocardiogram Cost
Broken drain line replacment
Paid: 7600.00
After Roto-Rooter inspected the drain line which could not get passed 35 feet from the cleanout, serviceman suggested for a new cleanout to be installed near the area where the camera could not pass, this at a cost of $1,450... [more]
-#IFEELTAKEN
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Cost should be capped
Paid: 4550.00
In August of 2014, my husband need to be transported to the helicopter pad at the hospital and we received a bill for $4,550 and when we questioned why so much no one could provide a valid answer. The helicopter pad is less than ... [more]
-dkoz
Ambulance Cost