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Doctor Jo Loves Our Braces! 









Published on Dec 4, 2016

The XT Brace Ankle Support with Gel Pack is a unique ankle support compression system that includes a gel pack for hot and/or cold therapy. It can be used during a workout for support and compression or for pre and post therapy or recovery. Purchase the XT Brace Ankle Support at:http://www.askdoctorjo.com/XTBraceAnkle
The XT Brace Ankle Support is designed to work for a wide variety of injuries including swelling, inflammation, ankle strains, ankle sprains, bruising, and general support and compression. It’s also adjustable so it fits the majority of ankle sizes (left or right) from a female XS to a male XXL.
The included, reusable gel pack can be microwaved for hot therapy or frozen for cold therapy, which adds to its flexibility of use in many different situations.
The XT Braces were created by US Intelligence Officers to help with the high demands and injuries encountered in the field.

Doctor Jo is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Doctors Love Our Braces! 

We at Wasatch Foot & Ankle institute began using XT braces about a year ago after finding them through our own internet search. We were looking for something we could distribute to all of our postoperative patients to help with their comfort and therapy. We purchased a few braces to trial and were amazed with the results.

We quickly found many more uses for them than just our postoperative patients. They are now a standard part of our care for anyone who comes in with ankle sprains, tendonitis, muscle aches and pains, and are a must for anyone who doesn’t have the time or energy to deal with conventional bracing that doesn’t offer ice/heat options and are difficult to fit around foot/ankle anatomy.

We are constantly surprised by the new uses we find for the braces. Before we had them we found ourselves constantly trying to explain what we wanted patients to do at home and leaving it up to them to figure out how to get it done. Of course this led to poor compliance and sub-optimal results. Now we can dispense the brace, inform the patient of the exact therapy we want them to use (i.e. heat or cold). This has greatly increased patient compliance and satisfaction. 

XT braces are well-built, well thought out therapeutic braces perfect for the clinical environment. They are affordable, eye pleasing, and most importantly they help patients get the care we as physicians need and want for them.

We have tried several different options but none have afforded us the convenience, cost savings, and patient satisfaction that XT braces have provided for us. XT has a consumer/customer for life at Wasatch Foot & Ankle Institute!


Jason Campbell DPM, MHA

Colby Frost DPM, MHA

Even Doctors Love Our Braces! Posted on our Facebook Page on May 30, 2016.

Just wanted to say a quick thank you regarding your braces. After my wife had a baby, I've been MIA from the gym for about a year. Just went back and, as expected, have quite a bit of soreness from the layoff. Your hot/cold braces have been great for post-work out recovery!

As a physician and surgeon, I can attest to the simplicity and perfect fit of these braces. I've already started telling friends and patients about them. Great job!

Karim Jamal, MD

 5.0 out of 5 stars-  I Love the Hot and Cold ability with this brace.

By AmazonMom posted on Amazon

The XT Brace Hot and Cold Ankle Brace is the best one I have tried so far.
I have sprained and rolled my ankles many many times. in particular I hurt my right one recently and it just does not want to heal. I have resorted to wearing a brace most of the time to protect it from happening again more than anything else. I have found a few I can wear all day, but they are the slip on kind. They do not tend to offer as much support, but they are comfortable and can be worn all day.
This brace is very supportive. I have found that when I am hope I have no problems leaving it on all day. It does not hurt my foot or cut in. I can put on a my loose sneakers with it, but I have not worn it outside of the house yet.
The gel pack is probaqbly my favorite thing about this brace. I really like heat. It is so soothing on long days of walking around and the throbbing pain that sometimes comes at night. The ice is great for the swelling. I prefer to use the gel packs when I have time to put my feet up. I am hoping the company will offer a way to purchase a second one because I would like to be able to keep on in the freezer and have one to heat up so I can rotate hot and cold for 20 minute cycles.
If I have any other need for this type of equipment I would buy any of their other products in the same line without hesitation.
The Way I give out my star ratings is:
1 STAR - I hate it. I would not recommend it, and will most likely return it.
2 STARS - It has some serious issues but I don't really like it or it's quality. I may or may not return it but I will not recommend it.
3 STARS - It is OK. Some good, some bad or just regular and nothing special about it. I probably will keep it and might or might not recommend it, depending on the person's needs.
4 STARS - I like it. I think it has some really good qualities, it may or may not have a minor tweak that I would think would make it better but over all i do like it, and I would recommend it to friends and family members.
5 STARS - I LOVE it. I do not give 5 stars unless I really think it is an exceptional product.

This hot and cold ankle brace is great and I love it. I would recommend it to friends and family members so I am giving it a solid 5 star product rating.

5.0 out of 5 stars- By far the best ankle brace I have ever used! Durable, comfortable and light weight! Perfect for every day use and all day wear!  

By Kathy posted on Amazon

I have been dealing with an injury to my posterior tibial tendon since January, and in June it started getting worse. I have been going to an orthopedic doctor for months now. So far I have been in a walking boot cast, trying different orthotics, ankle braces and sleeves. It has not gotten any better yet. I have tried several different types of braces and so far this XT Brace has been the absolute best. It gives my ankle major support while still being comfortable enough to wear around for the entire day. Then, at the end of the day I can put the ice pack in it to help decrease the swelling. The inner part of the brace is very soft and cushioned, yet I can still wear it inside of my shoe as long as I loosen the laces up a little bit. The gel pack can be put in the freezer or the microwave either one and its design is the best one for my particular injury that I have used. However, you should not use the gel pack in the brace while you are walking around or standing as it could cause the gel pack to rupture. I'm amazed at how well this brace works compared to the other similar ones I have used. I would definitely recommend this to anyone suffering an ankle injury. It's perfect!

5.0 out of 5 stars- Well made and the material is good quality

By CR posted on Amazon

I had foot surgery two years ago so I often use ice packs on my foot. It is always cumbersome to try and keep other types of ice packs on my foot and to have it on the areas that need it. I was excited to see this one that has an ice pack that fits right in the ankle brace. I was not disappointed. There are two Velcro straps that wrap around the foot. This makes it very versatile so both my husband and I can use it. Inside the brace there is a pocket that holds the pack which can be used as an ice pack or heated up in the microwave if you want heat on your ankle. The brace can be used with out the ice back for support for the ankle. I will mostly use it for when I need to ice my ankle. The brace is well made and the material is good quality. I am very happy with it and how easy it has made it for me to ice my ankle when needed.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Awesome

By Howcroft posted on Amazon

I received my XT BRACE Hot & Cold Compression Wrap and Braces - Reduce Swelling/Inflammation, Arthritis/Tendonitis Pain , Joint Pain. Use For Everyday Injury, Muscle Strains, Post Therapy, Post Surgery and Physical Therapy. Medical Support and One-Size in the mail this past weekend. I bought this brace and compression pack to help in my recovery after my daily runs. Being in my mid 30's and having been an athlete when I was younger and continuing to run and exercise has taken a toll on my joints. What I like about this product is that I need not do anything accept place the cold pack in the slots that are made on the inside of the brace to house the pack and then tighten the two velcro straps so that it fits snugly around my ankle. It is very convenient and easy to use. I also like that the pack can be either heated or placed in the freezer. As for the construction of the brace, the stitching is done really well so I do not foresee the threading breaking down, tearing, or pulling apart. Another great feature is that I can walk around and be mobile with the bace on while getting treatment. I can't wear shoes obviously but I like that I can go about my business without having to re-tighten or fix the ice pack so that it stays in place. Now, I don't have to worry and get annoyed about this.
This product is constructed of 3mm Neoprene for those that are wondering what it is made. The last thing that I would like to add is that the XT Brace was created by U.S. Intelligence Officers that have been in the field handling difficult terrains and environments that obviously cause some of those nagging injuries. Hence, if it is tested and created by people that no how to take care of their bodies then you know it has been battle tested and must be good.
I did receive this item at a discounted price in exchange for this unbiased and completely honest review. I definitely would recommend this item for athletes, runners, average joe's and Ms. Smith's. I would also like to add that this company makes other braces as well that you can check out at their Amazon store as well as their personal website.

5.0 out of 5 stars- The Best Ever!!!

By Kimberly Inman posted on Amazon

Hello future purchaser and welcome to my review. My XT Brace Ankle hot and cold brace came in the allotted time it was scheduled to be delivered. The product also came in a cardboard storage box for when not in use.
I don't think I have every been this satisfied by a brace, technically a hot / cold wrap, other than the ankle one I purchased from XT Brace. I am so happy that I have found this company, their products are high quality and super comfortable. The brace does not cut into your skin and there is absolutely no pinching, you just feel relief with the heat or the cold wrap and from the smooth texture. The brace has an adjustable 2 strap system that helps it stay in place; there is also a separate area for the gel pack to fit in a pocket.
What is it good for? Relief from pain, muscle strains, joint pain, swelling and injuries. For best results, I personally would recommend getting a second gel pack for when you need to alternate from heat to ice.
Would I recommend this product to a friend or a future purchaser like yourself? Yes.
Would I buy from them again? Yes, definitely.

5.0 out of 5 stars- This Hot/Cold knee and elbow brace is fantastic! My dad suffers with serious knee issues

By S. Straub posted on Amazon

This Hot/Cold knee and elbow brace is fantastic!
My dad suffers with serious knee issues, both previously having had surgery. The doctor had been considering knee replacement on 1 knee, until my dad had a couple of bad falls, incurring injuries to his neck and bad. He's recovered nicely, but since then we have been doing everything we can to keep him mobile; assorted knee braces and therapy, but what's actually been the most difficult is getting him to do the hot/cold therapy his doctor keeps recommending. We bought the pea style ice bags, but he hates having to sit still, and even wrapping them to his knee, they still would shift around.
This brace keeps the ice pack or heat pack firmly in place, and my dad's been doing his therapy regularly with no complaints. This brace has a pocket on the back, where you slide the hot/cold pack, and then you position that brace where you need it and wrap it snugly. The brace itself also offers a considerable amount of support, so when my dad gets up and moves around during his hot/cold treatment, he has excellent support.
I tried it on my elbow, just to see how it worked, and it fit great. The brace adjusts really well for both joints.
I couldn't be happier with the quality or the design. This is a well designed brace, and the hot/cold pack is constructed really well. If we put it in the freezer, we lay it over a bowl so it freezes in that position, which fits well to the knee. This has really been a vital tool in getting my dad to do his therapy every day, and we can really see the improvement.
I have to say that I was able to get this brace at a reduced price for an honest review, but I'm gaining nothing for making this review good. This is strictly based on the outstanding experience my dad is having.
If you need a brace that offers hot/cold therapy, as well as excellent support, I highly recommend you try the XT Brace. It is really providing excellent results with my dad.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Not sure how I lived without this for so long? Love it!

By Dondzl posted on Amazon

I severely sprained my ankle a few weeks ago and have recently gotten back to being able to workout and play basketball with minimal support braces needed. However, by the end of the day my ankle is swollen again. I just got this hot & cold compression ankle brace and used it only for the cold aspect and it works great! I put the insert in the freezer overnight and let it really get cold. The next day when I got home from work and going to the gym I saw my ankle was swollen again when I took my sock off so I put the cold pack into the brace and put the brace on my ankle. It was easy to put the insert inside the brace and it was easy to slip the brace on my foot. It has 2 soft velcro straps to hold it on your ankle. While this isn't a brace you would use for serious support, it is enough to keep your ankle somewhat steady and it holds the cold pack right in place where it needs to be. I have spent so many nights with an ice pack laying on my ankle and foot with my foot propped up and trying not to move so the ice pack didn't shift or fall off. Now I can have the cold compress on my foot and be on the move and know that the cold pack won't fall off. This really is a great tool to have when trying to recover from some injury and still needing some mobility and freedom.
I love this brace and cold compression insert and have used it a few times already. It feels well made and is comfortable. I'm not sure why I haven't seen these before - this is brilliant. I 100% recommend this to anyone who needs to ice their ankle and wants it to stay on their ankle even while walking around. I didn't use the heat aspect yet so can only recommend the cold use.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Contrast Therapy for my Knee Feels Great

By NJ Sithlord posted on Amazon

Works well in alleviating the pain that I feel after playing hoops. This, and in tandem with the ankle brace, both made by XT Brace, helps me a lot in relaxing and reviving my knee after each basketball game. I'm already at that age that I feel all the aches and pains after physical activities. So having this hot or cold compress is a trusted solution in giving you comfort and helping you sleep better at night.
Not a lot of people knows the power of contrasting. Ice packs and heating pads are familiar rehabilitation tools, but many people have never heard of therapeutic contrasting: quickly changing tissue temperature from hot to cold and back again. This is usually achieved with hot and cold water, either dunking a limb or even immersing the whole body. For injury recovery, contrasting is a good, cheap, safe, and simple idea, and I promise that it feels better than it sounds, when it’s done right. The point is to force your tissues to adapt to the sudden changes, which is stimulatory and requires a lot of metabolic activity and circulatory gymnastics. Basically, contrasting constitutes an extremely gentle tissue workout: stimulation without stress, and strong sensations without movement, which can be particularly helpful for a body part that badly needs some rest while it heals.

5.0 out of 5 stars- 98 % Better after using this

By Review Queen 73 posted on Amazon

This is one product that I am using multiple times a day.
I hurt my shoulder a while back and if I use it too much it will ache for days, so when I decided to clean my SUV last month I used my other arm. BIG MISTAKE !!
2 days later, I couldn't bend my elbow without it hurting. I bought some IcyHot and wore an ace bandage for a few days but it really didn't help. It got so bad that I started using my knee brace on my arm. The knee brace is very stiff though and although it was preventing me from bending my arm, it was also uncomfortable to wear.
I needed another option.
This really cool elbow brace was the best choice I could have made.
The fabric is soft and super flexible, so even though it limits my mobility, it doesnt prevent movement.
The straps are really long, and the velcro is super sticky. It clings to everything. It's a little difficult to do by myself, but that's the only negative about this product that you're going to hear from me.
The hot/cold pack is great. I've never heated it, and the one time I froze it, it was too cold for me but I keep it in the coldest part of my fridge and it's perfect. It stays cold for a long time too. I wear it fo about 45 mins. in the morning when I get to work and I'm good for a couple hours.
The inside pocket that holds the pack is the perfect size for it. It slides right in. There's no wiggling or wedging. Its super simple and very effective.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Fantastic

By Smurfette197 posted on Amazon

I suffer with flare ups of tendonitis, it will come and go about every two months. I live a active life and love to do yoga and play tennis. It is almost impossible when I am having tendonitis issues. I tried ace bandages and wraps, but they did not work. These are fantastic. The knee brace works just as well. I found that if I put the pad right on the area where the shooting pain is, it seems to compress that nerve and alleviates the pain totally. If you suffer from tendonitis like I do, you need to get these!! Don't waste your money on wraps. Trust me, if you put the pad right on the nerve pathway, (where the pain is) and apply just a bit of pressure with the adjustable strap, it completely alleviates the pain!! It will save you a ton of money, I had one from the orthopedic that cost me 109.00 dollars. It is too big and bulky, but this wrap is thin and lightweight and the pad is thick enough to where you can adjust the strap right on the nerve ( at the side of the bottom of the elbow) and it stops the pain!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars- Provides great support and relief

By Anna on September 14, 2016

I have two high school children that play sports. My son, football and daughter volleyball and softball. Mainly my daughter complains of knee and ankle issues so this brace will come in handy for her knee as needed. I especially like the cold gel pack option. This is great for those sore knees.
The gel pack made be used both hot and cold and is microwave and freezer safe. The gel pack fits nicely inside the brace and provides good coverage for around the shin, calf, and forearm.
This brace is to not just be used for those that are active but also for those who have knee/elbow medical issues. It will assist with pain and discomfort.
Overall, this is a well made quality brace that is an all in one package. While providing support, it also relives those aches and pains.

5.0 out of 5 stars- PERFECTION

By Dwaters posted on Amazon

A+++++ what a wonderful brace ... all in one and so CONVENIENT ...extremely well made. comfortable, and perfect adjustable fit ... I suffer from MS and this is perfect for cooling my swollen ankle and providing quick relief and support...no flaws and i highly recommend.

5.0 out of 5 stars- High quality!

BySpare Time Reviews posted on Amazon

This is something a must have if you do sports and get injuries sometimes.
My daughter does taekwando and very often she gets her ankles hurt.
We are going to use this compression a lot.
This product comes in handy for helping her to heel faster. It hugs the area pretty nicely and can be adjustable.
Gel pack is great also. It will help to reduce the pain. Must be used with caution and as directed. Very good quality. I would recommend this product.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Comfortable fit with or without the hot & cold pack inserted

By Amh8379 posted on Amazon

I purchased the XT BRACE hot & cold compression knee wrap. Nice thick material. The way it's made the velcro can be attached to pretty much the entire surface of the wrap so you can adjust it to fit a multitude of sizes by wrapping it as little or as much as needed. The inside pocket holds the hot or cold pack in place, no concerns with it shifting around. Comfortable fit with or without the pack inserted. Would recommend this one to everyone.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Support Plus

By Mandy S. posted on Amazon

I was excited to receive this ankle brace with both hot and cold possibilities. I had foot surgery twice on my right foot and than broke the ankle. I often have deep aches in it and always like to have some extra support when walking on uneven ground. This is especially true when hiking with my husband. I wear the brace when walking and than afterwards I have the option of icing my ankle and foot or using some warm heat on it. This is a well made brace and fits me perfectly. I highly recommend it!

5.0 out of 5 stars- Very good quality brace for knee

By Samy posted on Amazon


My hubby was getting knee injury again and again and his physiotherapist suggested him to get one good brace to prevent re injury. This brace is made up of really good quality and comes with extra pack which u can use it as hot or cold pack. Really good quality material. Previously I got him few other braces but they were not even close to this brace. This one stands top in all. Covers knee really nice and has adjustment to set up accordingly. And gives very good protection from all sides.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Hot & Cold Compression Wrap and Braces for knee and elbow.

By Tina posted on Amazon

Ordered this Knee/elbow brace for my boyfriend there is an option to order wrist brace.. this brace comes with hot/cold compression pad that you insert right into the brace.. its orange in color. this is a high quality brace. it has two Velcro areas that you pull together the bottom and the top giving you maximum support. My boyfriend has used this on both his knee and his elbow he said that it fits much better on his knee than on his elbow.. he isn't that big around he's only 140 lbs but hes almost 6 ft tall. he said that it is helping him with his movements and that when he gets up off of the couch it really has gotten a lot better. this is great because he is going for an EMG in a couple of days.. I think that's what its called. anyway when he is in a lot of pain he heats up the insert and places it back into the back and gets into his chair puts his leg up and falls to sleep.. so I feel that this is helping.. at least he is able to fall to sleep.. great for if you are injured as you can use it hot or cold.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Great hot & cold compression ankle braces

By Happy Mommy posted on Amazon

I am very glad to get these not & cold compression ankle wrap & braces , they were packed very nicely and they arrived in perfect condition. I bought these ankle braces because my ankles have some fatigues and soreness on the end of the day recently , I think it is because I do so much exercise, as I walk / run with my dog every day , and I go to gym 4 times a week, so I think I need to purchase ankle braces to protect my ankles. I am glad I did, I do think these ankle braces do a nice job to support my ankle when I am running or working out, so they do relieve the soreness and fatigues on my legs and ankles. Plus I love that they are able to use as cold / hot with insert gel pad, great product!

5.0 out of 5 stars- I had a swollen/painful knee and poor mobility etc

By Nigel S. posted on Amazon

I had a swollen/painful knee and poor mobility etc, unsure how I did it but it was an old cartilage injury reappearing. I followed the usual RICE advice which worked but I was still worried about the injury and the likelihood of it reoccurring during my hiking trip which was only 2-weeks off. Can honestly say that the knee brace did the job! I was able to hike every day, though I was of course careful, but the brace was fantastic, comfortable and gave me the necessary support I needed and it felt secure. I really didn't think I was going to be able to hike, let alone do so every day without causing any further damage to my knee -also,my knee has not suffered as a consequence of hiking, that is how good this brace is.
Good value for money also...def recommend for anyone in a similar situation. Very, very comfortable. Easy to put on and adjust. Gave me the strong support I needed and still allowed maximum flexibility.

5.0 out of 5 stars- Great for warming up and cooling down

By Phlippanton posted on Amazon

This is a very interesting concept for a knee brace. I was planning on just using it for heating pre-workout and cooling post-workout, because I thought it would be too unwieldy to actually exercise in it, unless you just remove the hot/cold pad entirely and just use it as a knee brace. I don't need it for that purpose because I have several good knee braces. I've tried exercising in this after warming up with the heating pad still in it, and it's...an interesting feeling. My knee definitely felt less pain than without a brace, but I would say it was fairly similar to wearing a standard knee brace without heat or cooling. I think I will stick to using it only pre- and post-workout. It fits really well and offers great compression without pinching.