Tennis Elbow Prevention

Tennis elbow is a condition that affects the elbow which can be quite painful. It’s also known as lateral epicondylitis and can affect individuals other than tennis players. It’s common in people who perform repetitive motion with their elbows, such as golfers, painters, carpenters and others individuals who use their arms.

Tennis elbow occurs when the tendon along the outside of the elbow moves unnaturally, causing inflammation and irritation. One way to help prevent the tendon from moving out of place is by wearing tennis elbow braces. They apply gentle compression on the elbow to give it extra support and alleviates the pain.

Check with your doctor if you think you may have tennis elbow or are experiencing pain in your elbows. You can also learn more about tennis elbow with one of the following links:

 

How to Determine Your DonJoy Knee Brace Size

Finding the right size knee brace is very important when selecting a knee brace. Improper size can lead to poor protection or discomfort when wearing a knee brace. That’s why we’ve created detailed instructions on each of our knee brace product pages to help you get the right size DonJoy knee brace. You can also watch this video below to learn how to measure for your DonJoy knee brace:

We offer DonJoy knee braces in the following sizes:

 

Biking Ankle Braces and Supports

A couple days ago we posted about biking knee braces and knee injuries. Another part of the body that can be affected by biking and cycling are the foot and ankle. Foot and ankle injuries are quite prevalent in cycling. Here are some of the most common:

Plantar Fasciitis – Heel and foot pain while biking is generally caused by plantar fasciitis. The band of tissue that connects your heel to the front of your foot is called the plantar fascia. When this area becomes inflamed or irritated, this causes pain. The repeated pressure from pedaling can aggravate the tendons in the foot, causing plantar fasciitis.

Achilles Tendonitis – The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to your calf muscles and is used as we pedal a bicycle. When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed, this is known as Achilles tendonitis. This causes heel pain that starts slowly and may gradually get worse over time, especially if the patient ignores the initial pain.

Arch Pain – Large amounts of stress on the arch of the foot can occur when pedaling improperly. It may also be caused by poor or worn out footwear. Arch pain may also be caused by plantar fasciitis and can continue to worsen if the injury is not given enough time to rest.

These are just some of the issues that can affect the ankle from cycling. For those who bike competitively, these conditions may be even more prevalent. Wearing biking and cycling braces and supports may help reduce your chances of these ankle injuries so you can stay healthier, longer. Speak with your doctor today about wearing an ankle brace for your situation, and check out our biking braces today!

Biking Knee Braces and Supports

Biking is an activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s low-impact on the knees and people do it both recreationally and professionally. In fact, cycling has less impact on the knees than running or jogging. However, biking can still cause injuries. Here are some of the common knee injuries from biking and cycling:

Runner’s Knee – Contrary to what its name may suggest, runner’s knee can occur in cyclists. It’s a type of knee pain around or behind the kneecap that typically occurs due to overuse.

Chondromalacia – This describes the wearing down of the cartilage under the kneecap. Chondromalacia may be caused by a number of different issues, though the leading one is poor kneecap alignment. It can be the source of pain and inflammation and is the most common cause of chronic knee pain.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome – Also known as ITBS, Iliotibial Band Syndrome is when the mass of tissue that connects your quads and other thigh muscles to the knee becomes irritated, leading to pain.

These are just a handful of the issues that can affect the knee from biking. For competitive cyclists, these conditions may be especially common. Wearing biking and cycling braces and supports can help minimize the onset of these injuries and can help reduce or even completely eliminate knee pain. Speak with your doctor about wearing a knee brace for your situation, and check out our biking braces today!

Knee Braces for Military

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

Ever since my own knee injury I’ve been much more aware of how our actions affect our joints. I have several friends who are military veterans. One friend in particular spent time in advanced training jumping out of airplanes. The long-term effects of the forceful impact on his legs when hitting the ground (combined with years of football and other sports) have left him with residual pain in his knees. The pain became almost intolerable when he set out on his evening jogs.

After all the research I had done for my own knee, I suggested that he ask his doctor if wearing a knee strap may help with his knee pain. His doctor gave him the green light to wear a knee brace, so I recommended that he try out the DonJoy Cross Strap. It’s a knee strap that’s designed to add gentle compression around the patellar tendon and minimize unnatural movement in the knee.

I recently checked in with my friend and he said that with the DonJoy Cross Strap he has no knee pain when running.  He said that it feels like it holds everything in place and that it’s boosted his confidence as a runner as well. Wow! It makes me feel great to know that I was able to help him out.

If you experience knee pain when running, check with your doctor to see if a knee strap is right for you. It could reduce or even eliminate discomfort when running!