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Common Soccer Injuries

Common Soccer Injuries

Common Soccer Injuries

Common Soccer Injuries

With all the media attention drawn to the World Cup, Soccer is gaining more public interest in the USA.  Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and is one of the fasting growing sports in the USA. In this article we will review the most common soccer injuries that occur in this sport and various ways to treat them.

If you are watching some of the matches on TV, you will notice many injuries among the athletes, primarily lower extremity injuries.  Besides the biting and dramatic questionable falls, Soccer does pose certain risks not only to the professional athlete, but to the young and up and coming soccer player.

So what are the most common soccer injuries?

Sprains and strains are the most common type of soccer injury. Ankle sprains and contusions from player contact in the foot/ankle and lower leg are very frequent injuries. Ankle sprains can range from mild stretching of the ankle ligaments, to interosseous tears in the lower leg.  Fractures of the foot and ankle are also prevalent in Soccer, and require immediate diagnosis and treatment.

Injuries to the knee include:

1) ACL and meniscus tears occur when the athlete’s cleat gets stuck in the grass, and the torso and leg turn in an abnormal direction.  ACL tears of the knee are due to hyperextension of the knee and may require surgery in order to re-attach the ligament.

2) The most severe types of injuries are concussions, due to direct head to head contact or head to body contact.  Concussions and the treatment of these head injuries have received more focus over the past several years, especially in football. They require immediate attention and evaluation before the player returns to the field.

Whatever the injury, if there is pain, then there is something wrong.  The worse thing an athlete can do is “work out the pain”.  Until a diagnosis is made of the injury, you may be risking more damage and a longer healing time.  Check with your doctor, coach or trainer.

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Choosing an Ankle Brace

Choosing an Ankle Brace

Choosing an Ankle BraceWhen choosing an ankle brace, it is important to understand the type of ankle injury and severity of your ankle injury. Ankle braces are designed to help in restoring mobility and giving post injury support in the ankle area while maintaining a full range of physical activity.

It is used for either medical or athletic needs. The products that are geared toward medical markets seek to prevent pain, further injury as well as help patients heals quickly and comfortably while recuperating.

On the other hand, athletic ankle braces can be of two choices – lace up or rigid brace supports. The former stabilizes the ankle area and helps prevent injury while at play.

These types of braces have inside parts that laced up like a shoelace. On the outer portion, a stirrup strap that is wrapped around like a figure of six can be found for added support. They cost from $30 to $40 and are available in most sporting goods stores. The rigid brace gives the highest level of preventive support, and assist in the faster rehabilitation of injury. The prices range from $40 to $50 depending on choice and support needs.

Ankle Sprain and Medical Intervention

An ankle sprain is encountered when there is injury to the ligaments. When injury of this nature occurs, there would visibly be injuries to the muscle and tendon area too or otherwise known as muscle strain. . There are three types of muscle sprain:

1. First Degree Sprain – happens when the ligaments are overstretched past its limits but is not torn. Symptoms include: mild pain, some swelling, joint stiffness or difficulty in walking and stretching. Normal activities can be engaged in one or two weeks.

2. Second Degree Sprain – most common type of ankle pains that include partial tearing of the ligament with mild to moderate swelling and stiffness in the ankle area. Symptoms are: instability of the joints, swelling and stiffness in the affected area, difficulty in mobility, and moderate to severe pain. Normal activity can return after two weeks or a month after the injury.

3. Third Degree Sprain – this type of injury requires immediate medical attention where there is a total rupture of the ligaments. This situation can result in a chronic situation if not repaired or healed properly. The symptoms are: severe pain then followed by no pain, instability in the joint area, and severe swelling. Healing can last from three (3) months to one (1) year depending on the severity of the injury.

What Type of Ankle Brace Is Required

1. For First Degree Sprain – it would be well advised to use lightweight support braces. These types of braces give support and warmth to the affected area. They are made of elastic materials that can be stretched to provide ample support to the ankle joint. Many mild support ankle joints have metals that are sewn into the fabric to stabilize both sides of the ankle. These are mostly used for non contact sports, cheer and dance activities, and for daily walking.

2. For Second Degree Sprain – moderate ankle support braces are designed to help overused ankle injuries or ankle rollovers. For those playing high contact sports, it is well advised that this type of support be used, especially those who may have suffered ankle injuries in the past. This type of support also helps stabilize the injured ankle to enable the patient to walk.

3. For Third Degree Sprain – for those who experienced a severe ankle sprain, maximum braces will have to be used to help in the healing process. These types of braces are also used by athletes – example, ankle braces for soccer, who are into high contact sports to prevent first time injury or the re-occurrence of injury. These braces provide more protection than regular ankle braces and are ideal for healing injured ligaments and tendons. The used of these supports also help enable the patient to walk and move around while being healed.You can find a wide array of braces to meet all of your needs at

Deron Williams Injured Ankles

Deron Williams Injured Ankles

Deron Williams Injured AnklesThe Brooklyn Nets have had a good season so far, but Deron Williams injured ankles may be a concern. If the playoffs began today, the Nets would play against the Chicago Bulls in the first round. The Bulls would be a strong opponent for the Nets without Williams, but they could easily knock them off with him. The Nets can’t afford to enter the playoffs without Williams. He is the most important player on the roster due to his talent.

Ankle sprains are very common in basketball.  Coming down for jump shots and landing on an apposing players foot is all to frequent.  This causes the ligaments on the outside of the athletes ankle to stretch or tear, resulting in an ankle sprain.  These types of injuries respond to ice, rest, elevation and compression at first, but will require taping and brace for long term protection. There are slip on sleeve types of ankle braces, but they only provide compression.  Lace up braces can provide additional support, but they can be restrictive.  Stirrup ankle braces and hinged stirrup and braces offer the most support, but they can be bulky and take up room in your basketball shoes.  Check with your doctor or therapist to determine the best type of ankle brace for your condition.

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band SyndromeIliotibial band syndrome is very common overuse injury to the knee. The most common symptom is knee pain caused by inflammation of the distal portion of the iliotibial band. The iliotibial band crosses the hip joint and extends distally to insert on the tibias and biceps tendon. In many athlete cases, repetitive flexion and extension of the knee causes the distal iliotibial band to become irritated and inflamed which can result in diffuse lateral knee pain. The iliotibial band is not a muscle or tendon, but a band of tissue that stabilizes the outside or lateral aspect of the knee. The IT band moves forward when the knee is extended or straightened. Under the iliotibial band is a small sac of fluid called a bursa sac.  This protects the Iliotibial band from becoming irritated from the underlying femoral epicondyle. When the tendon is overused or irritated from the friction created by the femoral condyle, pain and swelling is produced. Left untreated, the bursa becomes inflammed and thickened so it is not a smooth area for the Iliotibial band to glide across. There are several sports where iliotibial band is common.  Running is one sport, because the knee is flexed and extended all the time. Martial arts (particularly the styles that involve kicking), soccer and lacrosse are other sports.

Treatment for iliotibial band syndrome involves rest, ice, NSAID and compression therapy.  Strengthening of the muscles around the knee help stabilize the knee.  Cortisone injections around the affected area offer immediate relief, but care must be taken to avoid overuse of these types of injections.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of knee braces and knee bands including specialized knee braces for iliotibial band sydrome that you can view and sort based on the medical condition you are experiencing. If you would like to view braces for an arthritic knee you can do so at the Brace Shops online store. While there you will see braces for nearly every body part and age group.  You can contact the Brace Shop with any questions you have regarding their merchandise.

Pediatric Wrist Braces

Pediatric Wrist Braces

Pediatric Wrist Braces are just as important for youth and children as they are for adults. A sprained wrist in children is a relatively common injury to those involved in sports, but also in simple activities such as riding a bike or tripping while running. In some instances it is more important because of the growth plates in the hand, wrist and forearm.  Damage to these growth plates can have serious lifelong consequences so it is important to identify wrist injuries that may not appear to severe initially, but can be more severe when x-rays are taken.

Immediately following an injury, ice should be applied to the injured wrist to reduce and prevent further swelling. If the pain is severe or the inflammation persists, medical attention should be sought immediately to ensure no bones have been broken or fractures occurred.Pediatric Wrist Braces According to the national Center for Biotechnology the incidence of wrist injuries in pediatric patients has increased over the last 40 years and children participate in more sports and activities at a younger age.  fractures to the wrist bones, fingers, distal radius and humerus are common in children’s sports, especially sports like football, soccer and other competitive and high impact activities.

A wrist injury can happen to adults as well, and the Brace Shop also sells Adult as well as Pediatric Wrist Braces for them, but children need special care for those growing bones and muscles. Being able to choose from the best selection of pediatric wrist and other wrist products for wrist sprains, strains and fractures is an important decision to make for parents. The Brace Shop carries a wide range of pediatric wrist products specific for the littlest of wrists. View our Pediatric Wrist Brace Store online today and find out you can provide your child with the best of care while still being cost efficient. Your health and well-being is the Brace Shop’s ultimate goal.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle Sprains

Ankle SprainsAnkle Sprains are one of the most common injuries in sports, especially among people who take part in high impact or high contact types of activities. Ankle sprains can be a minor injury and inconvenience or it can be very severe, requiring immediate medical attention.  If left untreated, it can re-occur over and over again if the correct steps aren’t taken to help it heal. Inversion ankle sprains and the most common type of ankle injury as seen on the image.  Ankle Sprains can occur when you step off the curb the wrong way, or when stepping on another athletes foot when playing basketball.  When you sprain your ankle you are actually tearing one of three ligaments that are found on the outside of the ankle.

The eversion sprain occurs when the inner ligament or deltoid ligament is torn.  This occurs very infrequently.  A typical mild ankle sprain usually involves one of the three ligaments on the outside of the ankle.  If all three are involved, that can cause severe instability of the ankle joint and requires immediate medical attention.  These types of ankle sprains occur in car accidents or falls from a great height.

Treatment of acute ankle sprains involve ice, rest, compression and elevation to control swelling and pain.  A walking boot may be necessary to immobilize the foot and ankle and allow the ligaments to heal. Compression ankle braces and ankle supports are ideal for situations that just require control of mild swelling and pain.  More severe instability require lace up type ankle braces, stirrup or hinged stirrup ankle braces.  Ankle braces can help heal and stabilize a sprained ankle.

Most people have a twisted ankle at some point in their life, but if the ankle gets swollen and painful after you twist it, you have most likely sprained it. It’s important to immediately ice the damaged ankle when any abnormal pain occurs in order to reduce swelling and pain. A doctor should be consulted if the discomfort continues to attain a diagnosis and treatment.

The Brace Shop sells a number of Ankle Braces which are constructed to aid in support from a minor twisted ankle, to an excruciating ankle sprain. To view our full assortment please visit the Brace Shop’s digital store.

Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator cuff tears are a common shoulder injury causing pain and disability among athletes both young and old. The shoulder is made up of 3 bones.  The humerus or upper arm, the scapula or shoulder blade and the clavicle or collarbone. The shoulder is held together by a ligaments, tendons and muscles that allow the shoulder to rotate.

The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles that come together as tendons that encircle the head of the humerus. When any of the rotator cuff tendons is torn, the tendon no longer fully attaches to the head of the humerus. Rotator Cuff TearsThis can occur in an acute injury or fall, but also can be due to medical conditions (arthritis and diabetes) or old age.

The symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include muscle spasms around the shoulder area, pain and restricted movement around the shoulder joint. Treatment for rotator cuff injuries depends on the severity of the injury.  Mild injuries require rest and anti inflammatory medication, while more severe types require surgical repair.

Following surgery, immobilization can be achieved with a shoulder brace immobilizer.  These immobilizers can hold the shoulder and arm in a specific angle to allow the shoulder to heal properly.  Shoulder slings are also available to prevent further injury and to protect the shoulder from re-injury.

The most common tears occur in the supraspinatus muscle and tendon, but other parts of the rotator cuff can also be involved. If you have a rotator cuff tear and you keep using it despite the increased pain, you may cause further damage, and in most cases, a rotator cuff tear will only get worse over time.

The Brace Shop has a great selection of shoulder braces in their Shoulder Shop category.  There is a wide selection of shoulder braces for rotator cuff tears. Each item comes highly recommended at a reasonable cost to you. 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. Feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is a condition cause by the inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the ankle, which is known as the Achilles Tendon. The most common cause of Achilles Tendonitis is during sporting activities. When you overuse the Achilles tendon, it can become inflamed which in turn cause swelling and pain. Other un-common causes of Achilles tendonitis can be changes in shoes, exercise routines, or even people who run long distances or up hills.

Achilles Tendonitis can result in an Achilles Tendon rupture if left untreated. When the Achilles Tendon ruptures, there is usually a loud snap or pop that people around you can here.  This is a serious orthopedic condition that requires immediate treatment and possible surgery to reattach the tendon.  There is also a long rehabilitation for Achilles Tendon ruptures, sometimes approaching 1 year.

The best way to avoid Achilles Tenon rupture is proper conditioning, stretching and protection.  Stretching the hamstrings and Achilles Tendon is the best approach to reducing the chances of rupturing the Achilles Tendon.

Achilles Tendonitis

Aircast Walking Boot for Achilles Tendonitis

Conservative treatment for Achilles Tendonitis involves ice to the tendon, with rest and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain and swelling. Immobilization with a walking boot (like the AirCast XP walker shown) is recommended by some doctors both non weight bearing and weight bearing depending on the severity of the Achilles Tendonitis.

The Brace Shop specializes in foot and ankle braces, walking boots and other orthopedic products to help athletes that suffer from Achilles Tendonitis. Our online store is easy to use and will allow you to find your brace by your condition. You can also find many other styles and varieties of braces available in the Brace Shops large online store. If you have any questions or comments you can contact our customer service who would be happy to assist you!

Robert Griffin III Knee Injury

Robert Griffin III Knee Injury

Robert Griffin III Knee InjuryRobert Griffin III Knee Injury made headlines recently. The starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins, will be playing in the Redskins wild card game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Robert Griffin III has been much slower since his right knee injury last month. Robert Griffins III injured knee still hasn’t been diagnosed but probably involves the ACL ligament.

The Redskins back up quarterback, Kirk Cousins, will be ready to play this Sunday if Robert Griffin III for any reason is unable.

Robert Griffin III Knee Injury may require total reconstructive surgery.  It appears he may have suffered a torn ACL and collateral ligament injury. This type of injury and surgery will probably keep him from playing for the rest of the season.

Acl tears are very common in football.  They usually occur with the knee is hyperextended and twisted. When someone suffers an ACL injury, they will hear a popping sound coming from the knee joint.  The pain usually worsens as the athlete continues to play on the injured knee.

Initial treatment for an ACL injury is to apply ice and compression to the area.  The athlete should be non weight bearing. Anti-inflammatory medication is given to reduce pain and swelling.  If the injury is not too severe, rest, immobilization and physical therapy is provided to allow the ACL ligament to heel.  If surgery is necessary, arthroscopic surgery is performed with small incisions placed around the knee joint. The surgeon can repair the torn ACL while looking at a tv screen and utilizing small instruments inserted into the incisions. Consult with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for your ACL condition.  Athletes like Robert Griffin III Knee Injury usually require surgery to get them back into shape for playing as soon as possible.

The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of braces including specialized knee braces that you can view and sort based on the medical condition you are experiencing. If you would like to view braces for a condition, such as an ACL tear, you can do so at the Brace Shops online store. The Brace shop sells braces for nearly every body part and age group. You can contact the Brace Shop with any questions you may have.

Roddy White Knee Injury

Roddy White Knee Injury

Roddy White Knee InjuryRoddy White Knee Injury will not help the Atlanta Falcons finish the season in a positive light. The Atlanta Falcons currently have the best record in the NFL and have already locked the top seed in the NFC. Their star player, Roddy White , did not practice last Friday although he did play the full game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17. Fortunately, Roddy White and the Falcons are currently welcoming their bye week.

Roddy White Knee Injury probably involves the ACL and collateral ligaments of the left knee. Although he said the knee was just bruised, the probability the knee must be drained and probably operated on at the end of the season.

These types of football injuries to the knee are very common and can be prevented or at least reduced by wearing a professional knee brace.  Many NFL players currently wear a knee brace to help prevent knee injuries like the ACL tears that so many players have. Many defensive backs use knee braces to help with knee stability and keep the knee from hyperextending. Knee braces can help reduce pain and increase stability to an injured knee. Knee injuries are highly common in football and in other high contact sports. Knee Braces can not only reduce pain and speed up healing, it can also be worn during gameplay to protect the knee from any further injury.

For the amateur athlete, a rigid framed knee brace can help prevent injury and season ending play.  Many high school and college players wear knee braces as a preventative measure so they will not ruin a potential career in football.

The Brace Shop offers a wide variety of braces for all kings of injuries. Their online store features sorting by condition or injured area, which can help you find the exact brace you are looking for. Feel free to contact the Brace Shop today for any questions you may have.