Ankle Genie is a zip-up compression sleeve which is advertised as a way to reduce foot and ankle pain or fatigue. Have you tried Ankle Genie? We want to hear from you.
About Ankle Genie
Compression garments are a hot commodity in recent years, not only for athletes, but for people with chronic pain. In 2014, the airwaves were filled with a variety of compression garments such as Tommie Copper, Copper Fit, Miracle Socks, BeActive Brace, Foot Angel – and Ankle Genie.
Ankle Genie is marketed by TeleBrands, also known for Pocket Hose, Stone Wave Microwave Cooker, Hurricane Mop, and countless others. It is a zip-up compression sleeve designed to relieve sore ankles.
Two different websites have been used in the advertising of Ankle Genie: anklegenie.com, which was registered on November 21, 2013, and buyanklegenie.com, which was registered in February 2014. As of December 2014, it appears that anklegenie.com is the website being used in television advertising.
Here is the Ankle Genie website as seen in December 2013. It remains unchanged as of December 2014:
How much does Ankle Genie cost?
Ankle Genie costs $12.99 plus $6.99 shipping for a total of $19.98. You are given the option to add a second Ankle Genie “free” for another $6.99 shipping, bringing your total to $26.97.
Ankle Genie can now be purchased in stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond for about $13.
Note on upselling
If you order Ankle Genie by phone, the salesperson will attempt to sell other products to you. While some consumers don’t mind this sales tactic, it can be seen as a nuisance to others.
Below is a television commercial for Ankle Genie which has been airing as recently as December 2014.
Our Ankle Genie Reviews
When we first evaluated Ankle Genie in early 2014, it was a relatively new product. In the ensuing months, it has been made widely available in stores, and consumer reviews for the product are frequent.
On Amazon, users rate the product 2 out of 5 stars. There appears to be a stark division among reviewers, with some reporting that it works as advertised, and others who feel it didn’t work or claim that it was not durable.
Other review sites tend to have a negatively-skewed rating due to those who ordered the product when it was first marketed. Many of these consumers complained about the shipping and returns process, more than the merits of the product itself. After the product became locally available, many of the complaints regarding shipping ended.
Some consumers have reported that the zipper broke easily. We did not experience this, but it is a concern worth mentioning.
Another concern regarding Ankle Genie is that of sizing. Although it is billed as a one size fits all product, those with foot sizes at either extreme of the spectrum have reported that the fit did not feel optimal.
As with any compression garment, consumers should have realistic expectations. Mild to moderate relief is about what can be expected, and any underlying chronic condition will not be addressed by this type of product.
The Google Trends chart below shows interest in Ankle Genie, which peaked in January 2014.
We found Ankle Genie to be comfortable and generally performed as advertised. Those with larger feet may find it to be a much tighter fit, which could be uncomfortable. This discrepancy in sizing may lead to very different experiences for people based on the size of their feet. This could partially explain the vast array of reviews available for the product.
Now that the product is available locally, you would be best advised to pick it up from a local retailer in order to facilitate any returns, and avoid shipping costs.
Have you used Ankle Genie? Let us hear from you in the comments below.
Updated December 19, 2014
Originally published December 2013