When addressing destructive conditions like ankle arthritis, from whatever cause, care must be taken to prevent further damaged to the cartilage and irritation of the affected area. The ankle supports movement and weight, putting it under a lot of stress. When injured, movement may be reduced to allow the ankle to heal. For those who want the relief and support without the restrictiveness of a brace, custom orthotics are the way to go. Braces are excellent at restricting movement while orthotics are a more comprehensive ankle pain treatment method.