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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

Product Review – New Night Splint For Heel Spur Syndrome & Plantar Fasciitis

Anybody who has had a heel spur or plantar fasciitis is very familiar with the sometimes disabling pain on the bottom of the foot when they get up in the morning, or after sitting for a prolonged period of time. There is a wide range of treatment options available for the patient, some of which are more painful than the condition itself (cortisone injections). One of the treatment options available to patients with excellent results is the plantar fascia night splint.

Heel Spur Syndrome or plantar fasciitis is a common and painful foot condition that usually involves a band of tissue that runs from the inside portion of the heel to the ball of the foot and into the toes. This band of tissue is known as Plantar Fascia. Plantar Fasciitis refers to the inflammation of this band, causing pain, swelling, redness and difficulty walking. Many people use all three terms synonymously, but in actuality are distinct conditions.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia serves to support the arch of the foot, and serve as a spring board or shock absorber as you place your foot on the ground. Causes of plantar fasciitis range from a sudden impact, repetitive trauma, improper shoe gear and overuse. Obesity, flat feet and bio-mechanical problems and certain vocations tend to aggravate this sometimes disabling condition. Women tend to have the condition more frequently than men due to the shoe gear women wear.

In most cases the pain originates at the insertion of the plantar fascia along the bottom of the heel bone or calcaneus. Many people complain of pain in the A.M. while getting out of bed, or after prolonged sitting. This is due to the contracture of the plantar fascia at rest. In most cases the condition improves with prolonged ambulation, as the plantar fascia “stretches out”. The condition is also aggravated by walking barefoot on hard floors or going up steps.

Many doctors will x-ray a patient’s foot to rule out other conditions such as a fracture or cyst in the heel. Deep palpation or pressure on the inside of the heel usually reproduces the sharp shooting pain patients feel when they stand. Some patients will demonstrate a heel spur, or bony prominence that projects out of the heel, in the direction of the pull of the plantar fascia.

It is thought that prolonged microtrauma and inflammation at the insertion of the plantar fascia into the heel causes these spurs to form and grow. Most people assume that the pain is coming from the spur at the bottom of the heel, but that is not entirely correct. The pain comes from the pulling and tearing of the plantar fascia as it inserts into the heel.

There are many conservative treatment options for this condition, including rest, stretching, massage, change in shoe gear, ice therapy, arch support, night splints, walking boots and anti-inflammatory medication. It may take several months for the condition to improve with conservative care. Surgery is rarely needed in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

Many people have found relief with night splints. These are devices worn in bed that keep the Achilles Tendon and Plantar Fascia stretched out. By maintaining a slight stretch to these tissues while you sleep, the splint prevents the contractures that usually occur when non-weightbearing.

When patients get up in the morning, there is less pain because the tissue has not contracted. The problem with most traditional night splints is that they run down the back of the lower leg and under the foot. As most people sleep on there back, the device can be very uncomfortable to wear due to the rigidity and bulkiness of the splint.

The dorsal night splint was developed to eliminate the disadvantages of the traditional splint. The dorsal night splint is just as effective at maintaining the stretch, without the bulkiness and discomfort of the traditional device.

The Alimed D2 Night Splint™ is designed to maximize patient compliance with its hinged dorsal shell and dynamic stretch cord. Most night splints fail because they force the foot into a 90º position and expect the patient to tolerate this aggressive stretch for the entire night.

The new D2 Night Splint™ overcomes this major source of patient noncompliance by allowing the patient to start with a more gradual stretch and progress as her condition improves.

This progressive stretch night splint also enables adjustment of the position if discomfort increases. In addition, because the splint is anterior (in front of the ankle & leg), there is more comfort when a patient is sleeping on his/her back.

The patient controls the degree of stretch, a stretch she can tolerate all night
for maximum effectiveness.

Features and Benefits of The Alimed D2 Night Splint™

* Dynamic stretch cord provides a low load stretch force that gently pulls
the foot into dorsiflexion.
* Articulating foot piece and soft bottom enhance safety and comfort
during nighttime and ambulation.
* ROM indicator allows for easy monitoring of progress for documentation.
* Padded terry cloth liner wicks away moisture, helping keep skin dry and
comfortable.
* Plush neoprene straps contour to fit the foot and calf for all-night
comfort.
* Adjust Dynamic Stretch cord in seconds for a dorsiflexion stretch force
that can be sustained all night.
* Numbered cord hooks allow patient to easily gauge progress.
* Up to 15° dorsiflexion.

For more information on this night splint including sizing information CLICK HERE.

Talk to your doctor about the New Alimed Dorsal Night Splint™. It is one of the most popular and successful night splints on the market today. For more information on our entire line of night splints go to www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic co

Product Review – The Bauerfeind Genutrain Knee Brace

Many athletes & patients ask me what is the most comfortable knee brace on the market? There is no doubt that products by Bauerfeind USA, have historically been the most comfortable and durable elastic braces in the world. As one of the leading medical device manufacturers, Bauerfeind makes an important contribution to maintaining and restoring health, with an unrivaled commitment to quality.

The Bauerfeind Genutrain knee Brace is an anatomically contoured knit support that is breathable and stretched by spiral stays on the sides of the brace. It is a slip on brace with a special knitting technique that make the support extremely comfortable to wear. The brace is only made in Germany.

The high grade elastic knit material is the hallmark of this brace, and is the reason for its popularity among many patients who suffer from arthritis,tendonitis and chondromalacia of the knee.

This is not your typical store brand elastic knee brace.

A circular viscoelastic donut surrounds the knee cap and helps correct the position of the patella to prevent tracking and patella instability. This insert redistributes pressure away from the knee cap to the surrounding soft tissue.

As the knee flexes and extends, the visco donut moves with the knee cap, thereby massaging the surrounding tissue, helping to control swelling and inflammation.

This massage effect is ideal for older patients with arthritis and swelling in the knee, and for people that cannot tolerate the more aggressive arthritic hinged type braces.

Another unique feature that Bauerfeind does with all their knee braces is to lower the compression of the brace around the edges of the thigh and calf areas. This produces a gradual reduction of pressure at both ends of the support and prevents constriction bands from developing in the lower leg. This feature is ideal for patients with diminished circulation.

The brace is low profile and provides exceptional uniform compression. The Genutrain is very popular for golf and tennis as it does not interfere with mobility, flexibility and side to side movement like some hinged type braces.

The Genutrain is available in black, titanium and nature colors. It comes in 7 different sizes and is universal for the left or right leg. The brace is a little pricy due to the US Dollar vs. Euro, but once you put it on, that difference goes away. For more information on the Bauerfeind Genutrain Knee Brace and for sizing information, CLICK HERE.

For more information on our entire brace line, visit us at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

It is always recommended that you consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.

Product Review – The DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Brace For Tennis & Golf Injuries

Many patients and athletes with mild to moderate wrist injuries have a difficult time finding a wrist brace that can protect their wrist, but still allow them a certain level of activity. Golfers and Tennis players primarily, have problems with playing with protection, but without the bulkiness of standard off the shelf wrist braces. These braces tend to restrict too much movement and do not allow adequate flexibility to hold the racquet or golf club. The DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Brace solves these issues.

Wrist injuries in tennis usually are due to overuse. Like the more common “tennis elbow”, these conditions develop due to chronic repetitive movements, quick wrist motions and/or poor technique.

Wrist injuries usually involve inflammation of the tendons (tendonitis), nerve irritations (carpal tunnel syndrome), and in more serious cases, stress fractures and ligament tears.

Golf injuries primarily involve tendonitis of the left hand. Overuse and poor swing technique also contribute to this condition. A tight grip of the club also causes tendon issues such as De Quervain’s Disease.

In both sports, rest, ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and in some instances cortisone injections are necessary to improve the condition.

If injury is not severe, and you must keep playing, applying ice for couple of days and the use of a brace like the DonJoy Boomerang may keep the condition in check and prevent further injury.

The Boomerang Wrist Support is a unique design. It is a wrap-around style that provides compression and support, without being heavy and restrictive. It is ideal for mild wrist sprains and strains in both golf and tennis. The brace allows the athlete to grip the golf club and tennis racquet with the thumb and fingers. There is no metal or plastic inserts that can impede natural movement of the wrist.

The brace is universal in size and fits left or right wrists. As a wraparound brace, the patient can adjust the tension and support level of the brace simply by wrapping it more snug around the wrist and palm of the hand. A thumb loop keeps the brace in place and prevents slippage.

Another great feature of the brace is that it comes in two different materials. Neoprene material provides excellent compression and warmth. Drytex material is a lycra nylon material that is breathable and durable, without sweat retention.

Whichever material you choose, The DonJoy Boomerang Wrist Support is an excellent choice for those mild wrist injuries, and great for golf and all racket type sports. For more information on this brace and sizing information CLICK HERE.

It is always recommended to consult with your treating doctor to determine the correct brace for your orthopedic condition.  For information  go to www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

Product Review – The Ossur Exoform Wrist Brace

The choice between the myriad of wrist braces and supports on the market is difficult and confusing. The Ossur Exoform Wrist Brace Ossur’s 21st Century breakthrough technology creates the new standard of ergonomic precision. If someone is looking for one of the best fitting, contoured wrist brace, the Ossur Exoform has set the standard.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that exerts pressure on the median nerve (a sensory nerve) at the wrist. The medium nerve extends from the arm into the hand and gives you feeling in your thumb, index, middle and ring fingers.

The name derives from the carpal bones that make up the wrist joint. The “carpal tunnel” is a narrow passageway where the nerve travels into the hand. It is composed of a combination of ligaments and bones.

When the soft tissue around the carpal tunnel becomes swollen or inflamed, it presses on the nerve in the tunnel and causes pain and numbness.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused by repetitive hand movements, or jobs that causes constant pressure on the wrist. Carpenters, computer operators and musicians are prone to develop this condition. Women who retain fluid (pregnancy, menopause), patients that are obese or with diabetes and arthritis are also known to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome usually feel numbness and tingling initially. As the condition becomes chronic, the patient may experience pain when gripping or with repetitive activities. Some patients notice an increase in pain and numbness in bed due to swelling and inflammation of the tissue and hand/wrist position when sleeping.

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the cause of the condition and the severity of the pain and numbness.

Treatment usually includes rest, ice and immobilization in a wrist splint. If the cause of the disorder is due to a medical condition, then your doctor will determine the treatment(s) for those conditions in an attempt to reduce the symptoms.

In more advanced cases, cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and oral steroids have been used. Surgical correction is used as a last resort, when it is determined that persistent numbness and weakness may become permanent.

Surgery involves severing the ligament around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve. This surgical procedure is called “carpal tunnel release.”

Used as a preventative brace or post-surgical support, the Ossur Exoform Wrist Brace has proven to be one of the most supportive and comfortable braces on the market.

It is ergonomically contoured on the inside of the brace, providing the most comfort and best fit. The contoured padding mirrors the shape of the patients body and the injected molded plastic supports surrounding the brace produce the highest degree of durability and immobilization.

An adjustable aluminum palmar stay allows for fine-tuning of the brace when needed. Providing this combination of comfort and support, ensures patient compliance and ease of use. The brace can be used both as a preventative or post-surgical brace.

It is available in an 8″ length for both day and nighttime use. It is also available in an extra small size for small wrist sizes. You can find more information and sizing instruction for this brace by Clicking Here.  A hot/cold gel pad is an available accessory for the brace for added benefit.

It is always recommended that you consult with your treating doctor to determine the cause of your orthopedic condition and the appropriate treatment.  Go to www.braceshop.com or call us today at (866)325-8045 for more information on the Ossue Exoform wrist brace.