The invention relates to an ankle guard consisting of a band-shaped padding (14), with a substantially U-shaped longitudinal cross-section, which is configured to essentially cover the circumference of the foot in the vicinity of the ankle. A closure device (18) is provided to close the open section of the U-shaped padding. This configuration allows the ankle guard to be put on in a particularly simple manner. The padding (14) comprises an internal section (20), facing towards the foot (12) and an external section (22), facing away from the foot (12) which consist of a durable material and are connected in a fixed manner at the edges of their outer peripheries. A foam cushion (24) is positioned between the internal section (20) and the external section (22). In the lateral region of the foot (26), in the vicinity of the outward-facing ankle-bone, a protective element (30), consisting of a semi-rigid material with elastic properties is located between the external section (22) and the foam cushion (24), said protective element (30) being smaller than the foam cushion (24). This configuration ensures that the entire lateral foot region at the ankle level, including the ligaments and ankle-joint are effectively protected against injury.