Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She recently tore her ACL and will be sharing her experiences with us as she works towards getting back into sports.
After my knee injury and newly-created fascination with ACL knee braces, I’ve started becoming more aware of how braces really impact patient recovery.
A couple years ago my mother-in-law was spending a lazy Saturday out in her garden pulling up weeds. When she stepped off the retaining wall, her foot got caught on her stepladder and she ended up losing her balance and in the emergency room. What we thought was a nasty fall was actually 16 broken bones and the most swollen limb I have ever seen. Seriously, I never knew a broken foot could cause so much trouble… it was pretty horrible. (And I have gross post-surgery pictures to prove it… metal hooks and everything!)
One of the saving graces during her recovery time – which took over a year – was her medical foot brace. After being off her feet for 4 months, the foot support brace allowed her to walk around safely and provided protection against further injury. Without it she would still be stuck in bed watching TV and listening to audio tapes. The foot brace support was also easy to take on and off – which let her sleep comfortably, unlike her cast. She was even able to sport fancy Christmas socks with her foot brace!
After a foot injury remember to ask your doctor about getting the best medical foot brace, so you can get on your own feet and start doing the things you enjoy again!
P.S. Mom recommends having a medical professional show you how to take foot braces on and off so you can use the device with confidence.