I really wish I had one of these, or two, when I was growing up as a skateboarder. Shoes being what they are, they generally leave the ankle or the leg just above the ankle exposed, and anyone who has been a skater knows that in any given hour you’ll get hit with the board 5-6 times in that area. I’ve got so much scar tissue around my ankles and on the insides of my legs that if I could cut it all out I could probably meet my goal of losing 10 lbs by the end of the week.
But better late than never, ActiveWrap just sent me one of their foot and ankle ice wraps to try out. And I think I can sell you on buying one with one question–have you ever sat, icing your ankle or foot, with a ziploc bag full of ice cubes? You have? Ok, then I don’t even need to tell you why you want one of these wraps.
For those of you who haven’t experienced the joy of sandwich bags full of ice or bags of frozen vegetables, the issues are that:
1) You have to figure out a way to hold the bag there. Yes, duct tape works, but then you have to take the duct tape off. Ropes also work, if you’re a good Boy Scout. I have used bags of frozen corn, stuffed into the legs of my jeans, but then you have to hold still once you get the bag wedged in there just right.
2) You have to cover the bag with something to prevent getting an ice burn, and either the towel is too thin or too thick.
3) What if you just ran out of ice?
4) Your spouse doesn’t like the idea of you thawing out frozen vegetables with your sweaty foot.
Trust me, it’s just a pain to use a bag of ice or frozen whatevers. The ActiveWrap ankle wrap solves all those problems, and has some distinct advantages:
1) You can walk around without worrying about it falling out of place.
2) You don’t have to hold it in place.
3) The material is just right to let the right amount of cold come through.
4) It comes with cold packs, so you don’t have to worry about having ice on hand.
5) You can move the packs around within the wrap to get the cold in just the right spot.
6) You can heat the packs up in the microwave for heat treatment! Try that with a bag of ice.
ActiveWrap also makes knee wraps, and wraps for wrists, your back, shoulder, and elbow. Now that I think of it, I should have asked them for one of each…