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How tight should an ankle brace be?

An ankle brace should be tight enough to restrict motion but not so tight that it cuts off circulation. Circulation can be checked by pinching the nail of the big toe and watching to make sure that color returns to the nail.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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