Category Archives: Foot has many articles about foot braces, foot injuries and other sports related articles involving foot injuries. These articles are for those who are interested in learning more about what types of foot braces are good for certain foot problems.

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 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

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.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

plantar fasciitisPlantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia or plantar aponeurosis. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of tissue that extends from the heel bone to the toes. The purpose of this tissue is to help support your arch and as a shock absorber or spring board when you walk or run.

The Plantar Fascia is made up of 3 specific areas. The medial or inner, the lateral or outer, and the larger central portion. Most of the injuries and symptoms are associated with the central plantar fascia.

Typically the injury to the plantar fascia occurs as it inserts into the bottom or plantar aspect of the heel bone. Symptoms can be very acute as in a tear, or can be gradual without you having any symptoms. The causes of plantar fasciitis are many. Many cases involve a biomechanical etiology, such as flat feet, limb length discrepancy, poor shoe gear or excessive activity. Medical conditions such as obesity and diabetes increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms usually occur in the morning when you get out of bed, or after prolonged sitting. This is because of a tightening of the inflamed tissue and sudden stretching when standing. The symptoms usually improve after several minutes but reoccur after prolonged resting. In more severe cases the pain is chronic and occurs with or without weightbearing. Patients cannot stand on their toes secondary to pain. A palpable pain occurs at the site of the inflammation in and around the inside or medial aspect of the heel or calcaneus.

Conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis involves reducing the strain on the plantar fascia when ambulation. This can be achieved a number of ways. Changing shoe gear with a supportive arch and heel counter helps stabilize the foot. An orthotic device to improve shock absorption and reduce the strain on the arch of the foot. Reduce weight of overweight and control blood sugar if diabetic. Avoid going barefoot on hard surfaces will help prevent further damage. Utilization of a plantar fascia night splint helps prevent the plantar fascia from contracting at night. In more chronic situations, a cortisone injection into the affected area can improve the condition. Therapy can help, including ultrasound and electrotherapy.

Surgery is necessary is a very small number of cases that do not respond to conservative care. New treatments have appeared over the last several years including Extracorporeal shockwave therapy and Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy. These procedures reduce recovery period and improve patient outcomes by limiting the affects of surgery and long recoveries.

Whatever course of treatment your doctor recommends, The Brace Shop has many years of experience in dealing with Plantar Fasciitis and has a wide range of orthopedic devices that can assist in your recovery. Plantar Fascia Night Splints, Dorsal Night Splints, Walking Boots and Plantar Fascia straps are just some of the hundreds of products available at The Brace Shop.

Chauncey Billups Returns from Foot Injury

Chauncey Billups Returns from Foot Injury

Chauncey Billups Returns from Foot InjuryChauncey Billups Returns from Foot Injury. Chauncey appeared in only his 4th game of the 2012-2013 NBA season and first since December 3rd. He has missed time because of an inflamed tendon in his left foot and Achilles surgery which he received in the offseason. Billups finished with seven points and four assists during 16 minutes for the Clippers. The Clippers have been faced with many injuries this season, although they lost last nights game even though they had Blake Girffin, Chris Paul, and Chauncey Billups all back from injuries.

Players in basketball and other sports that involve high contact and high impact often get injured, but injures can heal if correct steps are taken.  When the Achilles Tendon is ruptured or torn do to an acute injury, immediate steps must be taken to ensure the athlete heals properly and that whatever treatment is recommended, the athlete can make a full recover.  Achilles Tendon Surgery involves re-attaching the Achilles Tendon to the Cancaneus or Heel Bone or in some instances re-attaching it to itself.  The recovery period following Achilles Tendon Surgery involves a period of rest to allow the tendon to heal properly followed by extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. It can take up to a year before a player feels confident enough to put the stress on the Achilles Tendon.    There are several ankle braces that are used following Achilles Tenson Surgery. At The Brace Shop, our Ankle Shop is filled with ankle braces, walking boots and ankle    supports for those who suffer almost any kind of ankle related injury. Each item is 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, & military bases around the world.

Brook Lopez Foot Injury

The Brooklyn Nets have had a solid start to the 2012-2013 NBA season, but their starting center, Brook Lopez, has missed the past 3 games and is going to miss tonight’s game against Golden State as well. Brook Lopez is nursing a right foot sprain but did take part in a light individual workout Thursday that included running and shooting but no lateral movement and no contact. This season Lopez is averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Head coach Avery Johnson said that depending on how Lopez’s foot responds, he may participate in “all parts or some parts” of the shoot around Friday morning and the practice Saturday.

Players in basketball and other sports that involve contact often get injured, but injures can be healed if corrects steps are taken. Our Ankle Shop is filled with braces and supports for those who suffer almost any kind of ankle related injury. Each item is 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, & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!

Dwyane Wade’s Sprained Foot

Dwyane Wade Foot Brace For A Foot SprainDwyane Wade, a Miami Heat Basketball star, has had his share of injuries this year. From a knee surgery over the summer to being sick with the flu. The newest injury for Wade though is a sprained left foot that is inhibiting his ability to play basketball. The normally extremely talented player is currently fumbling around on the court desperate to not be sidelined. Before the Miami Heat versus Clippers game on Wednesday, Wade underwent an x-ray on his left foot to see just how damaged the limb was. Wade incurred this injury while playing against the Houston Rockets last Monday. The X-ray came back on Wednesday with no extended damage, and Wade decided to be in the starting lineup for the game.
Injuries in any sport are expected as being part of the game, some of the most common injuries in basketball include: Ankle Sprains, Jammed Fingers, Knee Injuries, and Foot Fractures. Because these wounds are frequently incurred there are a number of treatment options available, but your doctor should always be consulted first in order to determine the best treatment for you. You should rest the damaged area, ice it, and try to limit use as much as possible. The most common recommendation is to wear a foot or ankle brace to constrain the movement thus aiding in the healing and recuperation time.
The Brace Shop is renowned for carrying the most highly sought out foot braces at the most affordable prices. Whether you need a magnetic foot brace or a walking boot, you can find the best selection available in the Brace Shops online store. For any questions or comments you might have you can contact the Brace Shops excellent customer service! When you are looking for the best, you’ve found it at the Brace Shop.