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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

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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Pneumatic Walking Boots Vs Non-Pneumatic Walking Boots

Aircast Walking Boot

Aircast Walking Boot

If you do not know what a walking boot is, or have never had the privilege of using one, I am sure you have walked down a busy street and observed an individual walking around in what appears to be a ski boot. This may appear “odd” especially in mid summer, but that person is wearing a walking boot.

Most doctors refer to these devices as “CAM WALKERS” (controlled ankle motion walkers). They are available in hi-top or low-top walkers. The Hi-top extend to just below the knee cap, where the low-top extends just above the ankle joint.

The Hi-top walkers are usually indicated for acute ankle sprains, stress fractures of the lower leg, soft tissue injuries of the lower leg, stable fractures of the foot and ankle and post-operatively.

Low-Top walking boots are indicated for post-operative foot surgery, metatarsal and digital fractures and soft tissue trauma of the foot and ankle.

Your doctor will determine which type of walker is best for you.

One of the unique features of many Hi and Low top walkers is a “pneumatic” feature, which allows the doctor or patient to inflate the liner inside the boot. The purpose of this feature is multifold.

When the patients leg is places in the walking boot and securely positioned, this inflatable feature provides additional compression to the lower leg/ankle and foot. This is an ideal feature for patients post-surgically, when controlling swelling is key to reducing pain, and improve healing time.

When properly inflated, these types of walking boots provide better immobilization by contouring around the extremity and preventing leg and foot movement within the boot. This ensures better healing for patients with fractures that require no foot or ankle movement.

Many manufacturers obtain this pneumatic feature by placing a pneumatic “bulb” or bubble at the top of the walking boot. The patient simply turns a little rheostat located under the bulb to close the tubes and chambers and “pumps up” the chambers. When the patient needs to deflate the chambers, they simply turn the rheostat control and the air exits the chambers.

There is a slight cost difference between a non pneumatic and pneumatic walking boot, but for patients that want additional comfort and fit, it is well worth the additional cost.

Please consult your treating physician or therapist to determine which type of walking boot is best for your condition.

One of the premiere websites that sells all types and styles of walking boots for your orthopedic condition and provides a wealth of information on pneumatic walkers is The Brace Shop/Walking Boots

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. Shop Where The Pros Go!

AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace

AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace

The AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace combines proven Air-Stirrup features with the unique “step-in” design and automatic heel adjustment for easy application. The AirSport is by far one the most popular ankle bracse in the USA. Used by tens of thousands of athletes it offers maximum protection and comfort.

AirCast AirSport Ankle Brace

The AirCast AirSport™ Ankle Brace has proven itself over the years as the benchmark for all stirrup ankle braces.

The AirSport™ Ankle Brace incorporates clinically proven Air-Stirrup® Ankle Brace features, such as a semi-rigid shell and aircells, to provide comfort and support. Additional compression and stabilization is provided by ATF (anterior talofibular) cross strap and integral forefoot and shin wraps.

The unique “step-in” design (toes first inserted into the back of the brace) and automatic heel adjustment make the AirSport™ extremely fast and easy to put on. This design also prevents excessive movement of the brace within the shoe.

The AirSport™ Ankle Brace is used in a wide variety of sports activities, with only certain limitations. Some sports that require cleated shoes may not have the room to accommodate the AirSport™. Baseball, football and soccer may require a lower profile brace to fit into cleats. The AirCast A60™ is a great alternative if that is the situation an athlete faces. The A60™ is similar in function to the AirSport™, but less bulky and a lower profile brace.

The AirSport™ is ideal for all indoor and outdoor sports where ankle protection and increase stability is required. Many patients wear the AirSport after an injury has healed for additional protection from reoccurrence due to chronic instability.

Patient feedback has been remarkable, given the choices available in the brace market. It is available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate most shoe sizes. For more information on this brace including a video presentation

If your shopping for an ankle brace that offers maximum support, with comfort and proven reliability, then look no further. This is the brace for you!

For our full line of braces, visit us at 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 condition.

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.

Knee Braces for Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and why use knee braces?

Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative condition that develops as the meniscus (cushioning cartilage in the knee joint) and/or the articular cartilage (soft, outer lining of the bones) begin to wear away. OA usually appears on one side of the knee joint, and affects both men and women across a broad age range.

What causes Knee Osteoarthritis?

A variety of conditions can lead to Knee Osteoarthritis. A previous knee injury or surgery that partially or entirely removed the meniscus from the knee is a common cause. Simple wear and tear of the knee joint occurring from years of activity can also be a factor.

What causes Osteoarthritis Knee Pain?

Osteoarthritis pain results from a deterioration or loss of cartilage. Pain is generally localized on the inside of the knee joint. Depending on the progression of the disease, the joint space may become small enough to allow the two bones to touch, causing pain.

Do I need Knee Surgery or a Knee Brace?

In the early stages of symptoms, a conservative approach is thought to be best. However, based on your history, symptoms, and the amount of degenerative change in your joint, your physician will determine the optimal treatment for you.

What are some non-surgical options?

An off-loading knee brace is considered one of the best treatment options. Injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), supplements, strength and conditioning, including weight loss, and heel wedge insoles may also help reduce OA pain, especially when used in conjunction with bracing.

How effective are Osteoarthritis knee braces in treating pain?

Knee bracing is proven highly effective in relieving OA symptoms. Studies suggest that the majority of OA patients using braces report significantly reduced pain, increased activity levels, and a substantial reduction in the use of oral pain medications.

Studies available upon request.

A healthy knee joint without osteoarthritis
Healthy Knee
Healthy knee showing adequate space between bones
Osteoarthritis or OA of the knee

OA Knee
Osteoarthritic knee showing reduced space and contact between bones.

WHAT CAN AN OSTEOARTHRITIS KNEE BRACE DO FOR YOU?

How does a knee brace work to relieve pain?

 

Off-loading knee braces, such as FUSION OA, and the new Solus OA aid in pain relief by gently applying pressure to the unaffected side of the knee to relieve the compressive force in the affected
side.

 

Are knee braces comfortable?

 


Not all braces are comfortable, but FUSION OA provides exceptional comfort even during all-day use. It is designed to offer the best combination of pain relief, comfort and fit, and unlike other functional braces, FUSION OA won’t migrate or slip.

 

Will a knee brace fit under my clothes?

 


Many knee braces are heavy and bulky, but FUSION OA & Solus OA is sleek and lightweight and fits discreetly under clothing.

 

How often do I need to wear the brace?

 


Your physician will direct you as to the frequency of use. Generally, you should expect to wear the brace during activities that would otherwise result in knee pain.

 

Will my health insurance pay for an OA knee brace?

 


Since The Brace Shop is a wholesale company, we do not participate in any insurance plants. Please check with your insurance carrier to determine coverage for OA knee braces. To see our full line of OA Braces,

 

For more information, visit is at www.braceshop.com or call us at (866) 325-8045.

Why Should I Wear A Knee Brace?

Knee Brace

Types of Knee Braces

There are basically three types of braces: Post-operative, functional and preventative/prophylactic knee braces. Post-op braces are usually prescribed following surgery or an injury when the knee requires complete immobilization.

There are basically three types of braces: Post-operative, functional and preventative/prophylactic knee braces.

Post-op braces are usually prescribed following surgery or an injury when the knee requires complete immobilization. These braces are usually long braces that may extend from the upper thigh to the lower leg. After surgery or a severe knee injury, mild to moderate pain and edema of the knee occurs. Your doctor may prescribe a knee immobilizer which prevents the knee from bending. These devices are used as an alternative to cast immobilization.

The doctor may also prescribe a post-operative brace that has hinges that offer range of motion capabilities. These post-operative braces are innovative, easy-to-use braces that can adjust the range of motion with the click of a button. These braces can immobilize the knee and then allow controlled increases in range-of-motion as the knee heals and the patient begins physical therapy.

There is no controversy with these types of braces, as they have proven effective and efficient as an alternative to cast immobilization.

Functional braces are hinged supports that support and take over the function of damaged knee ligaments in and around the knee. These braces can be fabric style with hinges, or complete metal frames or carbon fiber. These braces are designed to protect the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligaments), LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament), Meniscus, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament). You may have noticed some professional football players using these types of braces.

Prophylactic or preventative braces are supports that are used by some athletes that do not have an injury, but prefer to wear a brace to prevent injury, especially in high impact and contact sports like football, rugby, skiing and water sports. This is where we get some controversy.

Many doctors feel it is not only unnecessary to wear a brace to support a normal joint, but may cause harm, as it may affect the biomechanics of the patients gait. Some doctors are also concerned about weakness in the knee joint from prolonged use of knee braces. The more rigid braces will remove stress away from the knee and the surrounding muscles and ligaments and may cause atrophy and loss of bone density.

Many doctors however feel that given the right circumstances, these braces, when used properly, can provide a level of protection for athletes, especially in high impact sports. Some patients with inherited unstable knees can benefit from this type of brace.

It is important that you consult with your physician and therapist before deciding on a knee brace. There are hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of knee braces to choose from, so it can be very confusing. There are braces specific for ACL tears, and ones for patella tracking. If you purchase the wrong brace for your condition, you may not only risk further injury, but may cause other problems.  Feel free to browse www.braceshop.com and Shop By Condition to see which type of brace you should be looking for or feel free to call our technical department at (866)325-8045.