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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

Knee Braces: 6 Ways They Can Help Students Prepare for School Sports

Braces for School Sports

More and more we see the popularity of youth sports intensifying; while this is great for parents who want their kids to stay active, it also means paying more attention to sport safety and injury prevention.

As interest in playing sports grows, so does the level of competition and intensity. Many experts have expressed the growing number of youth injuries is due to the higher levels of performance required to be successful in a variety sports. Today’s kids need to be stronger, faster and braver in order to surpass others who have been training their whole lives in a particular sport. Continue reading

Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace

 

Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace

Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace

 

A lot has been circulated over the last several weeks regarding Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace, his chronic knee injury, and his ability to play soccer during the World Cup.

It has been mentioned that he has been wearing a knee brace when playing, but it appears that Cristiano Ronaldos Knee Brace was actually a taping of the knee, and not a knee support. Cristiano Ronaldo has been called one of the best soccer players in the world, due to his speed and agility. This type of injury can have a severe impact on his mobility and kicking.

According to Reuters, Cristiano is suffering from a tendonitis around his left kneecap. Judging by the taping method seen on video’s and images, the condition appears to be a patella tendonitis. The condition is also referred to as “jumper’s knee.

This very common athletic injury is actually seen primarily in basketball, volleyball and other sports that involve repetitive jumping movements. There may be associated pain above the kneecap in the region of the quadriceps tendon.

Treatment for this condition involves icing of the affected area to reduce pain and inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medical is also used to reduce pain and swelling. Stretching exercises are also used to reduce muscle contractures. Taping, strapping and bracing of the knee are used in many cases to reduce the stress that is placed on the tendon during activity.

It is recommended that you consult with your treating physician or therapist to diagnose and treat this knee condition and allow you to continue to play at your highest level.The Brace Shop has a wide range of knee braces, thigh supports and compression shorts to fit all ages and sizes.

Check out the Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Band for great knee stabilization, or the new “>AirCast Infrapatellar Knee Band for knee support and patella tendon protection.

Josh Smith Hip Injury

Josh Smith Hip Injury

Josh Smith Hip Injury

The leading scorer of the Atlanta Hawks, Josh Smith, has a strained right hip flexor which will force him to sit out tomorrow game against the Indiana Pacers. Josh Smith has had a good start to this season injury wise, before this hip injury of course.
Josh Smith Hip Injury has come at a bad time for the Atlanta Hawks who are currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Basketball players and players of other sports are injured very often because of the high contact that is part of the game. Hip injuries can be very painful because they affect the walking motion.

A hip flexor strain is an injury caused by tearing of one or more of the hip flexor muscles in front of the hip or groin.

The muscles at the front of the hip are called the hip flexors. The most commonly involved muscle in a hip flexor injury is the iliopsoas muscle. The iliopsoas muscle originates from the lower part of the lumbar spine and pelvis and inserts into the  femur. These hip flexor muscles bend the leg or flex the leg towards your chest.  It is very common in certain sports like basketball, and also baseball (catchersquatting).

Hip flexor injuries like Josh Smith’s can be divided into 3 levels based on the amount of tearing that occurs to the flexors. Grade I is the mildest while a Grade III involves tearing of all muscles and a loss of flexor function. Your doctor can determine the level of injury and the treatment options you have.  A hip brace is used in many cases to control hip flexion during the healing stages and control range of motion.

The Brace Shop is an authorized dealer of all kinds of hip braces, giving you the assurance that our products and our services are top notch.  No one can beat The Brace Shop’s 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!

The Importance Of Arch Supports

The Brace Shop Sells a Wide Variety of Arch Support For High Arches and Low ArchesArch Supports are important to utilize in just about every activity that you can be involved in. From dancing, to shopping, a good arch support is important to maintaining proper posture and reducing excessive stress in the back and associated regions.  There are three main types of arches, a flat arch, a medium arch, or a high arch. A flat arch can cause problems such as your foot turning too far inwards when you walk, and a high arch can cause the foot to roll too far outward. Your foot arch will mainly develop as your feet grow, but two of the main factors of determining your arch are genetics, and wearing poorly made shoes.

A doctor can properly diagnose which type of arch your feet have, but as an at home test you can step in water and then immediately make a foot print that you can see. If you can see your entire footprint you probably have a low arch, if you can barely see a connection between the front and back of your foot then you probably have a high arch.

Using an arch support will greatly improve your posture, and help to relieve pain and pressure you might have been experiencing throughout your body.

There are specific arch support that are constructed for your unique arch, and The Brace Shop provides you with the latest arch supports from some of the leading manufacturers in the world. Many devices are designed to absorb foot shock, while others are more rigid to stabilize the foot & ankle. To view our complete selection of foot braces please visit our online store! While there, you can view many other many other varieties of braces for common and uncommon ailments.

NEW DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace

DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace

DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace

BRACESHOP, LLC ANNOUNCES THE NEW DONJOY REACTION KNEE BRACE

 

The Brace Shop, LLC announces the exclusive launch of the NEW DonJoy REACTION Knee Brace. This new innovative knee brace is one of the first braces that disperses knee pain.

The REACTION knee brace is a responsive, webbed approach to anterior knee pain that gives a distinct alternative to the basic knee sleeve.  The elastomeric web is an innovation solution that provides ENERGY DISPERSION to the painful knee, allowing comfortable motion in a brace that actually STAYS IN PLACE!

 The REACTION knee brace was developed by an orthopedic surgeon for patients with anterior knee pain related to Chondromalacia Patella, Quadriceps or patellar tendonitis, Osgood-Schlatter’s disease and general patella-femoral tracking issues.

The Brace Shop, LLC is one of the first companies to sell this revolutionary product online. The BraceShop.com website prides itself on featuring the newest in innovation and providing superior customer service.  For any questions on the DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace or any products that we carry, please contact us at (866) 325-8045.

 

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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.

DonJoy’s Drytex Knee Braces Vs Neoprene Knee Braces

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Drytex Playmaker Brace

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Neoprene Playmaker Brace

Neoprene is a synthetic rubber material designed to be flexible, durable, and to resist breakdown by water. Neoprene has been used for over 75 years. In its application to braces and supports, it is very form fitting and resilient to the stresses placed on it.

Neoprene is a very popular material for cold weather sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and is used extensively in water sports.

Neoprene braces are ideal supports to provide uniform compression over an extremity such as the knee or elbow. Neoprene’s heat retention properties is preferred by some to help ease the pain of a joint due to arthritis and muscle strain.

The disadvantage of Neoprene is know to many parents who pick up their child’s brace, with an odor that is hard to describe and tolerate. Neoprene is not a breathable material, and therefore retains the sweat and perspiration of the skin at the surface. Many people have allergies to Neoprene, causing skin rashes, blistering, itching and more severe allergic reactions.

Elastic material is not a good alternative as it does not stretch like neoprene, nor does it have the compressive qualities and durability of neoprene.

DonJoy developed a material referred to as “Drytex” as an alternative to Neoprene.

Drytex is a material made of a Nylon core and Polyester Lycra fabric, which retains the durability and compressive advantages of Neoprene, but is breathable and non-allergenic.

Drytex braces are more comfortable to wear compared to Neoprene, with the absence of the foul odor usually associated with its counterpart.

So how do I tell the difference between the two materials?

Simply lift the material up to light and stretch the material. If light shines through, it is a breathable material. If there is no light seen, it is probably neoprene.

If you are in a warm weather climate, and participate in sports such as Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis and Golf, then Drytex is an alternative to Neoprene. If you have allergies to Latex and Neoprene, Drytex is an excellent choice for support.

This material is only found in select manufacturers like DonJoy. It usually is not found in retail stores.

It is important to consult with your treating doctor prior to purchasing any orthopedic brace. There are many choices to be made when deciding which knee brace to purchase.

One of the premiere websites that sells DonJoy Extremtity Braces and provides a wealth of information on knee and elbow braces with Drytex is http://www.braceshop.com

The Brace Shop, LLC. is one of the fastest growing brace companies in the USA. They provide one of the largest selections of extremity braces, therapy products & accessories on the internet. If you want more information on DonJoy Extremity Braces, go to DonJoy Extremtiy Braces.

The Difference Between the DonJoy Armor and the New DonJoy Fullforce Ligament Knee Brace

DonJoy Armor Extreme Knee BraceDonJoy pioneered the concept of functional knee bracing over 30 years ago. They have led the progression of performance ever since by studying the body, listening to athletes, consulting physicians and pushing the envelope of innovation. Today, DonJoy braces are standard equipment for competitors in over 44 countries.

The ARMOR represents DonJoy’s strongest patient-ready knee ligament brace and is ideally suited for extreme and contact sports. The 1/8″ 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum frame of the DonJoy Armor provides maximum strength and stability in high impact and high contact activity.

Like any brace, there are advantages and disadvantages to wearing the DonJoy Armor that should be reviewed when comparing it with the new FULLFORCE knee brace.

The advantage of the Armor of course is the rigid frame and stability factor of the brace. Many athletes with severe instability of the knee utilize the DonJoy Armor for the most extreme sports. The Armor is also used as a protective brace and preventative support, when the athlete requires maximum stability and rigidity.

The price to pay for this rigidity and support is a heavier and thicker frame that may not be suitable for certain sports such as tennis, golf and running. The brace will also have a tendency to slip down with prolonged use. The addition of the FourcePoint Hinge adds additional bulk and a higher profile brace.

The New FULLFORCE design combines the two clinically-proven DonJoy technologies in one brilliantly performing brace. The 4-Points-of-Leverage System provides ligament stability and significantly reduces ACL strain. DonJoy’s upgraded FourcePoint hinge dampens knee joint extension, which increases flexion angles and reduces anterior shear forces on the tibia.

The result – less strain on the ACL and a considerable decrease in the chance of injury. Together, these two technologies add up to ironclad confidence.

Created for all activity levels, FULLFORCE’s sleek, low profile and exceptionally light weight have made it the go-to prefabricated brace for competitive and recreational athletes of all kinds.

An Anti-Migration band on the FULLFORCE anchors on the upper calf to prevent slippage. The swooping Thigh Cuff for inner thigh clearance is ideal for bilateral brace use. The FULLFORCE is essentially the donjoy 4-Titude with the new LoPro FourcePoint™ hinges, that do not stick out as much as the traditional FourcePoint hinges. Like the Armor Extreme, it is available in a short calf version for ski boot clearance.

If your sport or knee condition requires the most rigid support for maximum stability, the DonJoy Armor Extreme is still the benchmark knee brace.

If you are looking for a lower profile and lighter weight brace, the New FULLFOURCE should be of more consideration. Not as rigid as the Armor, the FULLFORCE still provides substantial support for most knee conditions, including acl, menisucs and collateral ligament instabilities. The FULLFOURCE is more comfortable to wear, and contours better around the thigh and calf. The FourcePoint hinge is indicated for acl instability, especially in repetitive kicking sports such as martial arts and soccer.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition. The content of this article is not intended to diagnose, treat any health problem or recommend any brace.

Dr. Kenneth Shapiro DPM is one of the advisers for Braceshop.com, an online orthopedic brace store.

The Brace Shop is one of the fastest growing brace companies in the USA. They provide one of the largest selections of extremity braces, therapy products & accessories on the internet. The Brace Shop represents some of the most recognized manufacturers in the world of orthopedic braces and supports. No one can beat their prices, their service and their selection. For more information on the New DonJoy FULLFORCE Ligament Knee brace go to DonJoy FULLFORCE

Braceshop.com supplies hospitals, sports teams, schools, doctors, therapists, nursing homes & military bases around the world. Shop Where The Pros Go!