Monthly Archives: September 2010

Brace Shop Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast-cancer-ribbonThe Brace Shop is joining the global breast cancer movement by recognizing “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” for October by donating a portion of their online sales to the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  The Brace Shop hopes that by providing financial support and creating awareness to this organization, that we can one day find a cure for breast cancer.

As screening programs become more common, breast cancer is being found at its earlier stages, which means better success for treatment.  Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at 40 (www.komensouthflorida.org).

Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. This disease can affect people of all age groups.  It may be a friend, a family member or even a co-worker who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 5-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 89 percent. This means that 89 out of every 100 women with breast cancer will survive for at least five years (www.komensouthflorida.org). Hearing the words “breast cancer” doesn’t always mean an end. It can be the beginning of learning how to fight, getting the facts and finding hope.

During the month of October, please join us in helping to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.  “Our company fully supports the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  Finding a cure for breast cancer is an important medical issue for our world and future.  The more we reach out and participate, the better our chances come to finding a cure.  However you choose to get involved, know that everything you do makes a difference.” says Stephanie Bregman (Director of Community Involvement at the Brace Shop). For the entire month of October, a donation will be made on your behalf for your Brace Shop order.  Click Here to start your purchase today and help someone tomorrow.

Pneumatic Walking Boots Vs Non-Pneumatic Walking Boots

Aircast Walking Boot

Aircast Walking Boot

If you do not know what a walking boot is, or have never had the privilege of using one, I am sure you have walked down a busy street and observed an individual walking around in what appears to be a ski boot. This may appear “odd” especially in mid summer, but that person is wearing a walking boot.

Most doctors refer to these devices as “CAM WALKERS” (controlled ankle motion walkers). They are available in hi-top or low-top walkers. The Hi-top extend to just below the knee cap, where the low-top extends just above the ankle joint.

The Hi-top walkers are usually indicated for acute ankle sprains, stress fractures of the lower leg, soft tissue injuries of the lower leg, stable fractures of the foot and ankle and post-operatively.

Low-Top walking boots are indicated for post-operative foot surgery, metatarsal and digital fractures and soft tissue trauma of the foot and ankle.

Your doctor will determine which type of walker is best for you.

One of the unique features of many Hi and Low top walkers is a “pneumatic” feature, which allows the doctor or patient to inflate the liner inside the boot. The purpose of this feature is multifold.

When the patients leg is places in the walking boot and securely positioned, this inflatable feature provides additional compression to the lower leg/ankle and foot. This is an ideal feature for patients post-surgically, when controlling swelling is key to reducing pain, and improve healing time.

When properly inflated, these types of walking boots provide better immobilization by contouring around the extremity and preventing leg and foot movement within the boot. This ensures better healing for patients with fractures that require no foot or ankle movement.

Many manufacturers obtain this pneumatic feature by placing a pneumatic “bulb” or bubble at the top of the walking boot. The patient simply turns a little rheostat located under the bulb to close the tubes and chambers and “pumps up” the chambers. When the patient needs to deflate the chambers, they simply turn the rheostat control and the air exits the chambers.

There is a slight cost difference between a non pneumatic and pneumatic walking boot, but for patients that want additional comfort and fit, it is well worth the additional cost.

Please consult your treating physician or therapist to determine which type of walking boot is best for your condition.

One of the premiere websites that sells all types and styles of walking boots for your orthopedic condition and provides a wealth of information on pneumatic walkers is The Brace Shop/Walking Boots

No one can beat The Brace Shop prices, their service and their huge selection. The Brace Shop supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, doctors, therapists, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!