Aircast Round-the-Clock Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

A few days ago we posted about ways to treat plantar fasciitis. One form of treatment that was mentioned was to wear an ankle brace during the day to support your foot as you walk around. Another method was to wear a plantar fasciitis night splint at night, which stretches the plantar fascia to avoid the extreme pain that often plagues plantar fasciitis patients in the morning.

One product we offer at BetterBraces is a plantar fasciitis kit that comes with both the Aircast Airheel ankle brace and the Aircast Dorsal Night Splint. Check out the video below to learn more about round-the-clock plantar fasciitis relief.

Learn more about the plantar fasciitis kit.

Featured Product: DonJoy Back Brace

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DonJoy Back Brace

Back problems are the most common cause of job-related disability in the United States. Almost 80% of people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. One of the ways to counter back pain is by wearing a back brace. That’s why we recommend the DonJoy Back Brace.

The DonJoy Back Brace is designed with the patient in mind, for maximum comfort and ease of use. It includes a breathable outer mesh that allows heat to escape without compromising the strength of its support. It reinforces the lower back by providing compression and stability to reduce the load on your spine. The compression can be easily adjusted by pulling the side handle. This accommodates for various activities, clothing types or weight fluctuations. It’s also simple to put on and can be worn above, between, or under clothing making it ideal for everyday wear.

If you’re looking for a great all-around lower back brace, check out the DonJoy Back Brace today!

Knee Braces for Surfing

A few days ago we posted about professional surfer Garrett McNamara’s record-breaking ride on a 90-foot wave just off the coast of Portugal. McNamara tackled that wave while wearing DonJoy knee braces, and he has long been wearing knee braces to protect his body while surfing.

If you enjoy surfing, make sure to protect your knees. Surfing can cause stress on the knees, because of the way the knee is bent while your body balances on the waves. The force of the surf can also cause your knee to move out of a natural position, causing ligament tears and other injuries. Injuries can also happen to the knee from kneeling on the board or from impact after a wipeout.

Wearing surfing knee braces can help prevent injuries to your knees. They help support your knee as you shift your weight, and they help prevent the knee from moving out of its normal range. Check out these braces and supports for surfing and ride more safely starting today!

Pro Surfer Garrett McNamara Rides 90-Foot Wave

Professional surfer Garrett McNamara rode a record-breaking 90-foot wave on Tuesday, just north of Lisbon, Portugal. The largest wave ever recorded previously is a 77-foot wave ridden by Mike Parsons in 2008. Check out the video below of McNamara’s amazing ride on this 90-foot beast:

Garrett McNamara’s incredible feat was also featured on ESPN SportsCenter. McNamara has long been an advocator of DonJoy braces, wearing a Defiance knee brace on each knee as he takes on the surf.

Antonio Gates on the Road to Beating Plantar Fasciitis

When Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers tore his plantar fascia last year, sports enthusiasts questioned whether his career had reached its peak. Even after the tear healed, he was plagued by reoccurring plantar fasciitis all through the 2010-2011 season and through the start of this year.

It’s clear that Antonio Gates is coming out of his shell again, despite the Chargers’ 45-38 loss against the Packers. He received 8 passes for 96 yards and scored a touchdown in Sunday’s game. There was no indication that he was letting his plantar fasciitis bother him at all.

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, here are some things you can do to help treat and minimize the pain:

  • Rest and ice the area and stop performing the activities that cause pain.
  • Use anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Wear a foot brace during the day, such as the Aircast Airheel which supports the bottom of the foot and enhances circulation.
  • Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint during the night, which helps stretch the plantar fascia while you sleep and reduces pain in the morning. (Note, you can also get a plantar fasciitis kit which contains both the Airheel and Aircast Dorsal Night Splint.)
  • If your doctor recommends it, go to physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the plantar fascia.

It looks like the rest and rehabilitation that Antonio Gates has been putting toward his foot is finally starting to pay off. Check with your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your condition, and don’t let plantar fasciitis hold you back from doing the activities that you enjoy!