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Airlift PTTD Brace


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Realigns and supports flatfeet

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Product Details

Product Description

Is the Airlift PTTD right for me?

Designed to support posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), or early signs and symptoms of an adult with flat foot. May be worn during high-impact activity. Try our Brace Advisor for personalized product recommendations to meet your needs!

Designed to treat and protect:

  • Posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction
  • Adult acquired flat foot
  • Post-op rehabilitation

Best for:

  • All activities

Anatomical Design Helps Realign & Support The Ankle

The AirLift PTTD Brace is designed to provide support for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), or for early signs and symptoms of the adult acquired flat foot. Depending on the severity of the condition, it can be used to stabilize the condition and help prevent its degeneration, or post-surgically and during rehabilitation.

The AirLift is designed for easy application and adjustment. The brace uses an innovative rear entry design which allows the patient to slip their foot into the back of the brace. Two straps secure the brace and can be used to adjust fit. These patient-friendly design elements make the AirLift easier to apply than custom braces, eliminate time consuming lacing. We recommended wearing this brace with an athletic or walking shoe as the brace may be slightly bulky.

Product Features...and the benefits you'll experience!

Aircell Technology
The aircell (located under the foot) accommodates variances in arch shapes and heights to lift the foot arch for a more natural foot position. The aircell has been tested with 2,000lbs of pressure, so it can be worn during sports and other active-related activities.
Easy To Apply
Just slide your foot in and secure the two straps.
Adjustable Inflation
The aircell inflation can be adjusted while the brace is on the foot in order to achieve the perfect comfort level.


Hand wash with mild detergent, rinse with tap water and air dry

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Size Chart & Fit Help

Size Men's Shoe Size Women's Shoe Size
Small Up to 7 Up to 8.5
Medium 7.5-11 9-12.5
Large 11.5+ 13+
Product Questions (45)

Product Questions

Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace

Product Questions

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  • Randy at 10/2/2016 9:32 PM
    • I was diagnosed with PTTD 5 weeks ago. Ran a marathon 3 weeks ago. Bad idea. Have not run since then. Have a half coming up in four weeks and am wondering if this will help the discomfort. Thank you
    • The Airlift PTTD Brace is desinged to put pressure in the arch of the foot and help stabilize the ankle joint. This brace will help with your pain, but its important not to overinflate the aircell if you are planning on using it for running. And you will want to make sure to test the brace on smaller runs first.
  • David Montero at 9/22/2016 1:53 PM
    • Does this brace support the arch and the planar. This seems to be a little better than the aircast airheel
    • The Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace is designed for Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction and flat foot. The Airheel does offer more support for Plantar Fasciitis.
  • monica at 9/21/2016 12:56 PM
    • Hi there! Our son is 8yrs old and plays AAU basketball. He's been complaining about his ankles a lot - we've also noticed that his feet seem to be flat and his ankles roll inward a bit. We haven't taken him to specialist yet..but will obviously do so if the problem persists. In the meantime, we wanted to try an ankle brace that offers arch support to try and help with the flat foot/ankle rolling issue...would this brace be a good match? It looks a bit heavy and bulky so not sure if it would fit into his basketball sneakers (usually Under Armour Curry HighTops)- is this something that can actually be worn while playing? His foot is a size 4.5/5 Youth/Mens..so he'd be a size small. If not, do you have another recommendation? Any feedback is much appreciated! Thanks so much!
    • The Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace is designed for Adult Acquired Flat Foot Syndrome, and may not be the best brace to prevent rollovers. You may want to consider the Stabilizing Speed Pro, https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-stabilizing-speed-pro-ankle-brace, which is quick and easy to use, fits well in athletic shoes, and is available in smaller sizes.
  • Cindy at 9/12/2016 2:47 AM
    • I have PTTD and my doctor gave me a "medium" Aircast Airlift Brace. However I wear a size 8 shoe and according to your size chart a "small" is the appropriate size? My ankles are rather wide- approx. 9 inches (measured all the way around) and I wonder if a "small" would still fit properly? It seems the medium I now use is a bit too large and I had to buy a size 10 shoe to accommodate the cast.
    • We would recommend the Small
  • Marley at 8/14/2016 9:16 PM
    • I'm 13 and I have PTTD and I do lots of sports would this brace be good for that?
    • Yes, the Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace can be used for non contact sports, to support PTTD.
  • Cindy at 8/10/2016 12:10 AM
    • How do you clean this brace, especially odors?
    • Please hand wash the Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace with detergent and let it air dry.
  • Michelle at 8/4/2016 5:13 AM
    • This product is extremely bulky. I'd have to buy wide shoes just to accommodate it and it has been helpful. Please, please, please make a newer model that is maybe like a sock or sleeve with the air cell or something.
    • Depending on what you are using the brace for, you could take a look at the Donjoy Trizone Ankle Support- It is very thin and fits inside the majority of shoes.
  • A.M. at 7/1/2016 5:31 PM
    • I recently went to my orthopedist for Plantar faciitis but she also found through xrays that I have extremely flat left foot. They gave me a Aircast brace without the pump. Not a problem since flat feet is associated with plantar faciitis...but I think its too large. I am a woman who wears a size 8 shoe and according to your chart I should have a small. They gave me a medium and its roomy. Even with a thick sock. In addition I recently had leg vein blocked and or removed and that area is still sensitive. Also plantar is very painful. Will the brace cause more problems than I already have because it's too big? I'm not to go back for another 3 weeks. Thank you.
    • Based on your diagnosis we would go with our AIRCAST AIRHEEL ARCH & HEEL SUPPORT. This a soft brace, which would not cause any sort of discomfort to your foot, its also very low profile to help fit into any shoe and very easy use. The AirHeel™ brace is equipped with two interconnected aircells located under the foot arch and in back of the achilles tendon. When you take a step, the first air chamber (under the arch) begins to collapse thus reducing the stress to the plantar fascia under the arch. Air is forced into the chamber surrounding the achilles tendon which then inflates. The inflated achilles chamber applies compression to the achilles tendon to shorten the lever arm thus reducing strain on the tendon. Please see link Below:https://www.betterbraces.com/aircast-airheel-ankle-brace"
  • Debra at 5/8/2016 3:45 PM
    • I have the aircast brace with the air cell under the arch. I have lost the little pump that came with it. Do you have extras for sale?
    • You can order the pump by calling DJO Direct at 800-336-6569
  • Mike at 4/21/2016 2:51 AM
    • I am a large man and I wear a size 13 wide shoe. I was wondering if the brace will be big enough? I weigh about 415lbs thanks
    • This brace is sized based on shoe size but the calf strap is what the problem is going to be. The calf strap is standard size and will fit a calf circumference of up to 10"
  • Vahid at 4/7/2016 7:25 PM
    • Please advise about the foot size measurement for teenage with flat feet to choose the right size of this brace.
    • The brace is sized by shoe size. Please refer to the sizing chart for sizing information
  • Elizabeth at 3/25/2016 11:43 PM
    • Are there limitations to ankle size for getting a good fit? My shoe size indicates a medium brace, but do I need a large brace to accomodate my large lower calves/ankle (11.5")?
    • Since the brace is based on shoe size the strap at the top of the brace will be the same length regardless of the size brace. The strap is about 18.75" long
  • Lee at 2/14/2016 8:56 PM
    • Can I wear this brace with my orthotics? I only have pttd with the left foot but I am wearing orthotics in both shoes.
    • If your orthotics give you a arch then you may not need the brace. Using both will be a lot in the shoes
  • Pat at 2/6/2016 9:43 AM
    • I bought a pair of these and they work well. However while playing football, I broke off one of the bladder nipples. Is it possible to only get a replacement bladder? I've only had them for a month.
    • We do not have replacement parts for this brace but they do have a 6 month warranty so you may be able to get a replacement
  • Todd at 1/18/2016 10:25 PM
    • I've had pttd now for 6 months and been using a walking boot to stabilize my foot until I could afford an ortho brace and the I came across this air cast brace that looks great , will this brace treat my pttd the same as the ortho brace my doctor wants to prescribe me ?
    • The airCast Air Lift PTTD Brace will help by lifting up the arch and taking pressure off of that tendon. This process should decrease pain in the ankle and foot. You can try the brace, we do have a 60 day money back guarentee on our return policy
  • Debbie at 12/30/2015 6:04 PM
    • I need a replacement to wear I the next 3 weeks and misplaced th original brace I got in September. Please note that I am recovering from surgery and am stepping down from a boot back to this brace. I was originally told to get a medium but I am a size 7, which according to the sizing chart I am a small. Will the medium be extra big for me? Please advise.
    • According to your shoe size you should be able to fit into a small unless you have an unusually wide foot then maybe a medium might be better
  • Caitlin at 11/11/2015 6:48 AM
    • I understand this helps with flat foot and rolling the ankle inward, but does it support from rolling the ankle outward as well?
    • Caitlin
      This brace is essentially a ankle brace that will prevent the ankle from turning inward and outward as well as lifting the arch of the foot.
  • Dave at 10/22/2015 6:54 AM
    • I have had a few of these braces and they are great. Only problem is the valve to pump air in always breaks. I am told to send entire brace back but this leaves me with no brace for some time. Is there any way to just get the tiny valve? Makes more sense than getting whole new brace. Thanks
    • Dave
      I am sorry but we do not have replacement valves for the brace. If the brace is under warranty and the brace has to be sent back, you can wait until the new one arrives before sending the defective one back
  • Katelyn at 10/19/2015 7:31 PM
    • How well does it fir in a shoe? It looks like it is too wide. Can it fit in sport shoes well?
    • It will fit into a tennis shoe
  • Marcie at 10/14/2015 10:05 PM
    • I wear a as 9 women's shoe. With it being the smallest size on the medium sized brace would it be better to go with a small? Don't want it to be too big. Thanks for your help
    • Marcie
      The medium is the size you need it will not be too big
  • julie at 10/13/2015 8:37 PM
    • can i purchase a replacement aircell since mine has a leak?
    • Julie
      We do not have replacements for that brace. The brace has a 6 month warranty so if it is still in warranty you can get it replaced by contacting the place you purchased.
  • Bella at 9/10/2015 10:46 AM
    • Can I drive my car while wearing this brace?
    • Bella
      Yes you will not have any limitations wearing this brace
  • Tracie at 9/9/2015 12:06 PM
    • Can you wear this brace without socks? My current brace I can only wear for a few hours at a time because it digs into me, maily in the heel area. Does thia brace have that issue as well?
    • Tracie
      You can wear the brace without socks however most braces are meant to be worn over socks to prevent any rubbing.
  • Kevin at 8/24/2015 4:08 PM
    • I'm an avid runner and have a very active job. My PTTD is mild but very chronic, been dealing with it for two years. Is there any feedback from anyone who wears the brace during running? Can it be used during activity or would it be a better tool for recovery?
    • Hello,

      Thank you for contacting Betterbraces. The PTTD brace has 2 very rigid uprights built into the brace. If you have ever worn a Air-stirrup they are similiar in the amount of rigidness. The Aircell in the arch is designed to take a very large load of impact, so you can run in it. I'm confident you would enjoy this brace for a job setting, but not sure if this brace may be a little too rigid for the amount of running you do.

      Have a Great Day.
  • Keneisha at 8/17/2015 9:09 AM
    • This brace does provide ankle support for the fracture but also provides arch support
  • Christine at 8/5/2015 6:37 PM
    • I just tried on my brace. I don't have very high socks on, and the velcro on the top strap rubs against my skin in the back. Do I have it on wrong, or do I just need to wear higher socks?
    • You will need to wear higher socks
  • fred at 6/16/2015 5:58 AM
    • Can i buy the small plastic tip where the air pump goes. I've gone thru 4 casts due to broken tips.
    • I am very sorry, but the valves are not sold separately.
  • Judy at 5/29/2015 6:19 AM
    • This brace sounds like it may be just the thing for me. Does it come in any color other than black? Looking for a nude or beige one.
    • Judy
      No only comes in black
  • Kristin at 5/5/2015 5:37 PM
    • Hello my big 5 year old son walks on the inside of feet, his left foot is way worst that right. Would this brace work for him? He is extremely big for his age, weighs 65lbs.
    • Kristin
      The Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace, has a air bladder in the arch of the foot so that when inflated will lift the arch up. The brace is mostly for flat feet. It is possible that it could help your son however the smallest size the brace comes in is a small which fits mens shoes size up 7
  • Jean Madden at 4/23/2015 9:22 AM
    • I have lost my bulb to pump my brace up, is it possible to purchase a new bulb?
      Thank you!!
    • Jean
      you will need to purchase the bulb from DJO Direct at 800-336-6569. The part number for the Bulb is 02P100
  • luis at 2/24/2015 5:10 PM
    • Can you buy extra warranty on pttd products
    • Luis
      No I am sorry there is a six month warranty only on these braces
  • Bill at 5/22/2014 6:02 PM
    • My Dr provided me with an Aircast PTTD brace but I want to order a spare. How can I tell what size I already have? Did not see the size on the brace itself, but perhaps I'm not looking in the right spot?
    • Thank you for your question. The size would be located on the outside of the brace. You would see it on the ridged portion under the Aircast logo.
  • Devin at 2/17/2014 11:36 AM
    • How durable are the air pockets? What is the weight limit for the one under the arch. Im talking about various sports and weightlifting.
    • Thank you for your question. The brace can be worn during sports/athletics, as well as weight lifting. The aircell has been tested with 2,000 lbs of pressure and can withstand the addition weight of lifting and pounding.
  • Cristabel at 1/29/2014 11:47 PM
    • I have flat feet and tend to overpronate when walking. Will this brace help keep my ankle from rolling inward so much? It's causing a lot of ankle pain which is leading to shin splint pain. Thank you!
    • Yes this brace should help with the provnation. The air bladder can be filled up to support your arch
  • Paul at 12/11/2013 7:49 PM
    • Two questions that have already been asked have conflicting answers. Question 1 - Can it be used with sports/activities - ANSWER: Yes. Question 2 - Can it be used during rigorous workouts - ANSWER: No. I see both of these activities as t he same. I am looking to use this brace while playing sand volleyball. It would like to know if it will function while running and jumping without a shoe? Also, I have a very skinny foot and ankle, size 12 (male). Should I consider the medium? Thanks
    • Paul
      This brace is a ankle brace that also has a air bladder to lift the arch of your foot. So it is helping with ankle support and lifting the arch for those who suffer from tendonitis of the posterior tibialis tendon. Can you where it playing sports and vigorous activities, the answer to both is yes, however the air bladder may not be that comfortable. You can wear while playing sand volleyball. According to the size chart you would wear a large
  • Terry at 11/29/2013 7:34 PM
    • my 10 year old son had the growth plate fracture on his right foot and Achilles tendinitis. It has healed, and we are looking for a brace for foot and ankle support. He is an active sports player, and we need one that will keep him from complaining about pain in his heel. Right now he is wearing shoes that range from a 7 to an 8, so we was looking for a recommendation for a brace that would give him the support he needs
    • Terry
      Thank you for contacting product support. The Aircast Airlift PTTF Brace is for those that suffer from instability of the ankle and have posterior tendon tibialis tendonitis, so this is not the currect brace for your son. We do have the Aircast Airsport https://www.betterbraces.com/aircast-airsport-ankle-brace that will give him good ankle support, however no cushion on the heel. We have the Aircast Airheel https://www.betterbraces.com/aircast-airheel this brace will relieve pain in the heel but doesn't give ankle support. We do not have a brace that does both. I would suggest the Airsport and a DonJoy Silicone Heel Cup for his heel.
  • Buck at 6/2/2013 8:59 AM
    • How long should I use this brace until my foot shows inprovement?
    • Hello Buck,

      You should use the brace as long as it is helping you and follow your Physician's Recommendation.

      Thanks for contacting Donjoy. Please call us with any additional questions. 1-888-405-3251.
  • Katie at 12/14/2012 6:59 AM
    • Can the brace be worn during a rigorous workout?
    • Hello, Katie -

      This brace is not recommended to be worn during rigorous workouts. It is usually worn post-operatively or during the rehabilitation phase of Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction.

      Thanks and have a great day!
  • Glen Verber at 8/17/2012 12:23 PM
    • How does this fit in a shoe, or under a sock.

    • Hi Glen

      First, I would suggest you put on a sock then put the brace on over your sock. After the brace is on, you will have to loosen your shoelaces and place your foot in the shoe. Lace up your shoes and you are good to go.

      If you feel like you need a more low profile ankle brace, we carry a variety of braces. You can contact us at 1-888-405-3251 to consult with a product specialist to see what best fits your needs.

  • Oberman at 3/24/2012 11:10 AM
    • how much do I have to inflate the pttd brace?
      Thanh you
    • Inflation amount is based off of comfort and pain relief level. It will be different for everyone.

  • Lee at 6/7/2011 11:58 AM
    • I actually have very high arches, but am having bilateral PTTD. Do you think this product would help even though I don't have "flat feet".
    • Yes this brace with the adjustable aircell will help with your PTTD issues.
  • Sarah Watson at 6/4/2011 6:07 AM
    • Should top strap go right around the back again after going round the front? I have a small and medium size..the small one's top strap goes around once and the outside support seems to slip forward a bit when walking. The foot bit is tight...but this one sits inside my trainers much better than the medium size which is quite bulky and I can feel the bottom of the supports around the back of my ankles. With the medium one the top strap goes aroundto the back again at the end and holds the outside support in place.I am UK size 7.
    • The uprights should sit on the inside and outside of your ankle and yes the strap should wrap around the lower leg for you. Should you have any other questions please let us know.
  • Kelly at 5/27/2011 7:02 PM
    • My doctors office told me I could wear the aircast brace in a shoe, but it is much more comfortable wearing it by itself. Is this okay or should i be wearing a shoe over it?
    • Hi Kelly,
      When you are walking around the house a shoe is not necessary but when you leave the house you will need the added support of a shoe. I recommend using sneakers or Tennis shoes and redoing the laces while you are wearing the anjkle brace. it should be much more comfortable.

  • Faith at 6/8/2010 1:52 PM
    • Should I wear my regular orthodic in my shoe while wearing this brace? Thanks so much.
    • The Aircast PTTD will support the arch and with an orthotic may be too much support. Best to see how it feels and ask your doctor.
  • Rich at 3/26/2010 10:41 AM
    • Can I use this brace for sports?
    • Yes, the Airlft PTTD can be used for a variety of sports and activities. We suggest walking first to get used to it a bit before doing any heavy activity. This will help your foot get used to the extra support.
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    Very good support

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    I developed PTTD and found this brace after some online research. It is actually recommended at footeducation.com which presents a recovery protocol for certain PTTD conditions. The ability to "customize" the brace by the amount of arch bladder inflation and wrapping tension is the beauty of this device. While functional in terms of bracing, there are some practical trade-offs. This brace will not fit into all shoes. I wear a suit for business, and I had to find a shoe that would accommodate the added bulk of this brace while not seriously compromising the look of the footwear. The only other issue is that there seems to be a useless patch of Velcro hook material on the top of the outer aspect of the brace. This causes it to grab the trouser material. My solution to this (as well as some excess Velcro on the fastening strap) was to apply some Velcro loop material to cover it. Problem solved.
    Posted on March 13, 2015


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    I waitess so sometimes I work 8 to 10 hours at a time with no break. I have accessory navicular and have adult flat foot. I bought this brace and can now work my shift with no problems... The brace is a little wide so I had to buy new shoes but well worth it. Before I started using this brace I could barely walk. Now I walk stand with no problem... Do yourself a favor and order this brace
    Posted on February 19, 2015

    Product needs improvement

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    This is the only pttd brace that I can tolerate, but I am disappointed
    in the bubble feature in the arch. Sometimes, many times
    the inflation device is defective, and it does not blow-up. I need
    the brace so I find myself waiting for them to go on sale. Nevertheless
    I must spend quite a bit of money since I must discard the brace
    even if it is new. Is there any way this can be brought to the
    attention of the Aircast Company? It will be most helpful to
    me. Thanks for asking my opinion.
    Pros: Best brace for my chronic condition
    Cons: Inflation device in the arch is defective
    Share Your Usage: Daily Use, Chronic Instability
    Posted on February 17, 2017
    Hi Paula, we appreciate your feedback. Please contact customer service to discuss if your purchase falls within our warranty period and criteria. Thank you. -Customer Service
    22 Feb, 2017

    Pretty Great... Better than custom orthotics

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    I previously had custom-made orthotics. Painful! Almost as painful as the torn tendon in my ankle. This time the ankle specialist recommended this product.

    Pro's: it fits into my boots, I can wear it around the house in my stocking feet, it's comfortably - compared to the orthotic - and I can adjust just the amount of arch support.

    Con's: It's not perfect. The side supports are rigid and can hurt. I have fibromyalgia, so I wish the side supports were as soft and inflatable as the arch support.
    Posted on February 25, 2015

    Needs improvement to prior quality

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    Inflation tubing comes apart in two weeks of use quality has deteriorated.
    Hi Otis, sorry to hear about this. Please contact customer support to see if your product is under the warranty time period. -Customer Service
    Posted on October 6, 2016

    Aircast Airlift PTTD Brace is a Godsend

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    I've been using this product for a few years now. First starting with my right foot 3+ years ago and my left this past year as well. When the tendon tore in my right ankle I was in agony and unfortunately needed to be on my feet with work. The brace not only helped it heal, but it allowed me to stay on my feet all day. Thanks to these braces my PTTD is manageable and I only have minor stiffness and discomfort after a busy 8-12hr work day. I replace them every 6 months as the fit of the brace, it's structure, and the air bladder all break down by that time. It's an economical way to maintain my condition and keep my busy schedule. I couldn't get by without theses - they're a Godsend!
    Posted on September 7, 2016
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    Overall I found this product to provide the support my ankle and arches needed to recover from strained tendons. I wore it for a month comfortably while my foot/ankle healed. I was able to continue being on my feet all day teaching and didn't miss any time at work.
    Pros: Using this brace saved me a trip to the podiatrist which would have been expensive with a high deductible insurance. It also fit into my shoes and under my pant leg well enough that it was not noticeable.
    Cons: No real cons for me.
    Share Your Usage: Recovering from Injury, Occasional Use
    Posted on April 17, 2017

    A must for PTTD patients or anyone with ankle & flat feet issues.

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    After surgery and custom brace my daughter who is a physical therapist asked me to try this brace. Wish I had bought one sooner. It is bulky so I can only wear it in wide sneakers and boots but it has helped relieve my discomfort and swelling!
    Posted on February 25, 2016

    Just got mine because I came out of cast and walking boot. 3 days and getting better. Hope this keeps working.

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    It works
    Posted on August 11, 2014

    great product. job saver

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    I was diagnosed with pttd 3 yrs ago. Very painful condition. I had the 500 dollar custom insoles made. My insurance would not cover them so the cost was out of pocket. Within 6 months they were worn out and needed to be replaced. I certainly could not fit that cost into my budget. I work at a very physically demanding job, and on my feet at the factory the entire 8 to 12 hrs every day. My foot hurt and was swollen to were i just couldnt stand that long anymore. Desperate to find some relief i came to this website. I thought for the price i will try it. I am now telling you without the brace i could no longer do my job. It has helped tremendously with the pain. Great product. Saved my job. Thanks aircast.
    Posted on November 14, 2012

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