What is the difference between ankle taping and bracing?
The concept of ankle bracing evolved from ankle taping.
Braces are presently being used instead of traditional taping by many athletes at all levels of competition. Ankle braces are self-applied, reusable, and re-adjustable. In the long run, braces are likely more cost-effective than taping. Disadvantages of bracing include the fact that many athletes feel less comfortable or stable when wearing braces than they do when the ankle is taped. Braces also may tear and require replacement.
Another disadvantage to ankle taping is you can’t self-apply it, hence you can’t remove and reapply when it causes discomfort. Taping may also cause skin inflammation and sores.
Some athletes find ankle tape more comfortable and stable than ankle braces, however.