Category Archives: Ankle

Braceshop.com has many articles about ankle conditions, injuries and other related articles for those who are interested in learning more about what types of ankle braces are good for certain ankle conditions and when to use an ankle brace.

Supportive Gear for Spring Sports

Supportive gear for spring sportsFor those individuals who like to play sports year-round, there are always various options available. There are numerous factors that play into these season-specific types of activities, including school programs, weather, and availability.

Spring sports umbrella a variety of sports, but the most common ones you’ll find being played in this season include track and field, baseball, tennis, volleyball, golf, and pool-based sports. You’ll notice that many of these sports tend to be geared more toward individual play as opposed to team play, and they also tend to have less contact than others such as hockey or football. Continue reading

How to Properly Clean a Medical Brace

Medical braces provide added support, compression, and protection to various parts of our bodies. When we invest in a medical brace, we want to be able to use it for as long as necessary and, possibly, later on in case of a re-injury.

Designed to be sturdy, medical braces are made from strong, breathable materials, but that doesn’t mean that they will keep them from staying clean and fresh. Cleaning your medical brace is very important and if you are unsure how to do so, consider the information provided to help keep your brace in its original state. Continue reading

Manufacturer Spotlight: Why We Love Breg Braces

The company Breg has over twenty years of experience making knee braces and continues to offer some of the highest quality braces to its customers. Using the latest technologies, Breg is constantly working to create braces that are not only effective at preventing and protecting injuries, but that are also comfortable and easy to wear.

Breg offers an extensive product line catering to every individual, including those in need of post-op braces, osteoarthritis needs, and sports bracing. This spotlight looks to highlight some of the best features of Breg braces and inform potential brace users about their product lines. Here are 6 reasons why we love Breg braces: Continue reading

6 Signs You Should Invest in a Brace

There are a very wide range of braces available on today’s market, many of them catering to simple injuries or pains, while others support post-surgery operations and serious rehabilitation. Depending on your individual issues, there are a plethora of options that could benefit your injury or help to prevent one.

If you’re thinking about investing in a brace, but you’re not sure if it’s the right thing to do, there are a few signs you can look for. These signs may tell you that it’s time to rely on something a little stronger for your issues, or that it’s a good idea to invest in one to prevent any. Here are 6 signs you should invest in a brace: Continue reading

5 Ways Ankle Braces Help Basketball Players

The sport of basketball is demanding and fast-paced, and those who play the game need to be prepared for the challenges and demands that the sport puts on their body. Whether an individual is playing in a beginner league or at an elite level, all basketball players can be prone to injury if they’re not careful.

Basketball requires a lot of speed, jumping, and directional changes, and all of these can be cause for injury. Some players opt to wear ankle braces while they play in order to help cushion and support their ankles during physical activity.

According to a study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, basketball players at the high school level who wore ankle braces had 68% fewer injuries than athletes who opted not to wear a brace.
If you’re not sure if ankle braces are your solution, consider the following ways that braces help in basketball: Continue reading

5 Tips for Using Pediatric Braces

Even the smallest bones and muscles can become injured. In today’s society, youth sports and competition are performed at a much higher level and, as a result, injuries are much more common. To help protect and fix injuries in children, a brace can sometimes be the key to making them better again.

For some children braces are a new experience. They may have trouble putting them on and getting used to them. However, with a little practice and some helpful tips, your child will be able to maneuver without trouble and start healing in no time.

Here are 12 tips for how to use pediatric braces: Continue reading

ACL Injuries in High School Sports

ACL injuries in High School Sports

High school sports continue to be at the forefront of injury-related discussions. The increase in competition over the years is pushing the boundaries of what we expect of young athletes, and more and more we see injuries as a result of stress, over-use, and excess strain on the body.

At the high school level, athletes are expected to train to be faster and stronger than their rivals, and the pressure to perform is a very real issue. In terms of injuries, one of the most popular locations for injury is the knee. According to studies on high school injuries, the knee is the second most commonly injured area of the body behind the ankle; however, it is the leading injury for sports-related surgeries. Continue reading

AFO Drop Foot Braces

AFO Drop Foot Braces

AFO Drop Foot BracesOne of the most popular and asked about braces sold at The Brace Shop are AFO Ankle Braces.

AFO stands for Ankle Foot Orthosis. These types of orthotic devices come in various configurations, materials and sizes to fit most individuals, both adult and child.

There have been many changes in these devices over the years, primarily with the introduction of carbon fiber. Many off the shelf AFO’s are made of thermoplastic material which are static in nature. They are designed to maintain the foot and ankle at a 90 degree angle and prevent the foot from dropping down.

The thermoplastic ankle foot orthosis are relatively inexpensive and perform as they were intended to. Carbon fiber on the other hand are referred to as dynamic AFO’s. They have the functional capacity to retain energy. This allows the patient who wears the device more motion during gait as there is a “spring like” effect when the patient walks forward, allowing a more natural gait.

The carbon fiber material is similar to what is currently used on many knee prosthetics for amputees. It is durable, lightweight and responds to forces placed on it. This makes an excellent material to use for patients already suffering from weakness in the leg/ankle and foot due to neurological or musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

Another problem exhibited by patients with foot drop is contractures of the leg muscles which cause further disruption of gait and difficulty ambulating due to plantarflexion of the foot.

Many patients with drop foot also benefit from night splints or podus boots that maintain the leg/ankle and foot at 90 degrees during sleep.

The The Brace Shopoffers one of the largest selections of AFO Drop Foot Braces from some of the leading manufacturers in the world. It is recommended that you consult with your treating physician, therapy or healthcare professional before purchasing an AFO, especially a carbon fiber AFO. The devices often need adjustments, molding and filing down to fit into orthopedic shoes and adjust for muscle atrophy and boney protrusions. Please contact us if you have any questions concerning AFO Drop Foot Braces.

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?

Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular?Why are ASO Ankle Braces so Popular? The lace up ankle braces with figure 8 strapping configurations are by far the most popular ankle brace sold at The Brace Shop
There are many other manufacturers that make a lace up type of ankle brace with figure 8 strapping.

MedSpec (Medical Specialties, Inc.) was a relatively unknown company based out of Charlotee, NC, until several professional tennis players started to wear the ASO during play. Andy Roddick was one of the first and since then, athletes like Lebron James, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade use them for preventative reasons.

One reason for the popularity of the brace is its construction. The ASO ankle brace is lightweight for a lace-up brace but still maintains a degree of stiffness and rigidity along the sides of the brace. The figure 8 strapping configuration mimics a taping that a coach or a trainer would provide and is very adjustable. The more stability to prevent inversion of the ankle, the tighter you pull on the figure 8 straps. The brace is very durable with a life expectancy of approximately 10-12 months with repeated use. The ballistic nylon base provides tremendous strength considering the thickness of the material. The brace is easy to clean and can be machine washed, although it is best to hand wash and air dry for longevity.

The brace is ideal for chronic ankle instability and does not appear to restrict movement in those sports that require side to side movement and rotation, such as tennis and basketball. The ASO fits into most athletic shoe gear, although cleated shoes do pose a problem, especially with the ASO EVO and ASO with inserts.

Please make sure you speak with your coach, trainer or healthcare profession regarding your ankle condition, and what type of brace is best for your ankle problem. The Brace Shop has been around for years and has serviced over 1 million customers. Their goal is to provide exceptional service, best pricing and fast shipping. Other web based companies cannot offer the selection, service and prices that The Brace Shop has provided for over a decade.

Ankle Brace for Running

Ankle Brace for Running

Ankle Brace for RunningDo you need an Ankle Brace for Running? It has been a tough winter for most of the country. Now that the weather has changed and the sun is shining, many people are trying to get back into running to get back into shape and get rid of the winter weight that has accumulated.

Running has been a popular activity in the spring, but injuries have also increased, primarily ankle injuries. Ankle sprains, metatarsal stress fractures heel spurs and plantar fasciitis has been seen this spring as weekend warriors try to get into shape.

How can you reduce or prevent such injuries that are very common with running? One of the biggest reasons is conditioning. Overuse and stress on the feet and ankles cause many of the ills mentioned in this article, but a good ankle brace can help reduce these stresses. There are many ankle braces on the market to choose from, so how do you decide which is best for your running skills?

The first thing is to check your shoe gear. There is nothing more important than spending money on a good pair of running shoes. Do not run with walking shoes or combination shoes. Check with your athletic shoe store to match your foot type with the best running shoe. Second is to choose the correct ankle brace. Simple ankle braces like ankle sleeves or compression supports help reduce swelling, but do little to provide support. Lace-up braces provide additional support with some offering figure 8 strapping which mimics taping that your coach or trainer would do. More aggressive ankle braces are called stirrup ankle braces and strirrup hinged ankle braces. These types of braces provide rigidity on either side of the ankle, with the hinged ankle braces offering range of motion at the hinges on the sides of the brace.

No matter what ankle brace you have chosen, it is important to check with your doctor, chiropractor, podiatrist or coach/trainer to determine which brace is best for your orthopedic condition.

Go to The Brace Shop’s The Brace shopfor a wide selection of ankle braces suitable for running.