Types of Sports Ankle Braces

Almost all sports include running, which puts you at risk for a rolled ankle or ankle sprain. Many athletes wear sports ankle braces to help prevent these injuries and to provide extra support to the ankle. There several different types of ankle support braces for sports.

Lace Up Ankle Braces – Lace ankle braces are great for athletes who want to control the tightness of the brace at each point of the foot. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine recently studied basketball players and found that wearing laced ankle braces significantly reduces the chance for ankle injuries.

Recommended: ProCare Lace Up Ankle Brace

Rigid Ankle Braces – Rigid ankle braces have a hard outer shell that allows the ankle to move up and down, and helps prevent too much of the side to side movement that leads to ankle injuries. Rigid ankle braces can be worn to prevent severe ankle injuries – especially if your ankle has already had an injury before. They can also be used immediately after an injury to help stabilize the area and provide extra support when walking.

Recommended: DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace, Aircast Air-Stirrup

Soft Ankle Braces – Soft ankle braces provide mild to moderate ankle support. There are soft ankle sleeves that are like compressive socks, which applies pressure to help support the ankle and to keep it warm.  There are also soft ankle braces with metal supports on either side of the ankle which help prevent side to side movement and rolled ankles.

Recommended: Aircast A60, DonJoy Deluxe Elastic Ankle Support

If you’re very active, especially in sports that require a lot of footwork, wearing an ankle support brace is recommended to help prevent ankle injuries. Talk with your doctor or one of our brace coaches to find the one that best suits your needs.

Tip: We often see our customers typing ankel braces instead of ankle braces! When searching for an ankle brace make sure you use the correct spelling so you can find the best products possible for your needs. 🙂

3 Ways to Help Relieve de Quervain’s Pain

De Quervain’s disease is a painful inflammation of the tendons that control the movement of the thumb. In addition to this pain, swelling and difficulty moving the thumb and wrist during activities that involve pinching or grasping can also occur. Though the exact cause is unknown, de Quervain’s is commonly associated with overuse of the wrist and thumb during repetitive tasks.

Wearing a thumb wrist brace can help support your wrist and thumb and may help relieve the symptoms of de Quervain’s syndrome. Here are some thumb and wrist braces that are recommended for de Quervain’s:

  • DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist & Thumb Support – This thumb wrist brace contours to your hand for proper fit and support. It helps stabilize both your thumb and wrist, alleviating pain from de Quervain’s syndrome.
  • Aircast A2 Wrist Brace with Thumb Spica – This thumb support is specifically made to help alleviate symptoms of de Quervain’s in the thumb and wrist joint. It has an open design that keeps your hand cool and your fingers free to perform tasks, while protecting and supporting your thumb.
  • Colpac Blue Vinyl Strip – This ice pack comes in the form of a strip which can easily wrap around your thumb for pain relief. Ice therapy can help reduce inflammation and aid with recovery for de Quervain’s.

All three of these recommended solutions for de Quervain’s are made from high-quality materials and are lightweight and easy to use. Plus they’re cost effective – so you may get de Quervain’s pain relief without emptying your wallet!

How to Alleviate Pregnancy Back Pain

According to BabyCenter.com, as many as three-quarters of pregnant women experience back pain at some point, especially during the later months of pregnancy. Most of this pain is in the lower back and is attributed to the expanding uterus, change in weight and also hormones. Here are some things you can do to alleviate or reduce pregnancy back pain:

Stretching and Strengthening Exercises – Always talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program, because some pregnancy situations may need you to limit exercise. Strengthening and stretching the back can help the muscles and joints that support your back and legs. You can also consider swimming and walking because they are low impact and relaxing.

Wear a Pregnancy Back Brace – Pregnancy back braces provide compression and support where you need it most. They encourage proper posture and also help prevent your ligaments from shifting unnaturally. We recommend the DonJoy Maternity Belt because it helps support both your stomach and your back through all stages of pregnancy.

Wear the Right Shoes – No high heels. As your belly grows your posture changes, and wearing high heels can increase the pressure on your back. Wear comfortable shoes that provide support to the arches of your feet.

Proper Body Mechanics – Be aware of how you are moving – especially when standing or sitting, or when getting out of bed. Keep a straight posture to alleviate pressure on your spine and lower back. Remember to bend your knees when picking up items.

Take it Easy – It’s important to get enough sleep and to take breaks after standing for long periods of time. Avoid carrying heavy objects and divide the weight of items you are carrying when you have to – especially those groceries. And if you really want to relax, treat yourself to a prenatal massage (or ask your partner for one!).

Wrist Braces for Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a form of wrist pain that especially affects individuals who perform tasks that involve repetitive motion of the wrist. Last week we posted about how to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, which recommended wearing carpal tunnel wrist support braces. We wanted to recommend our top wrist braces for use with carpal tunnel (also commonly misspelled as wrist braces for carpel tunnel).

  • Aircast A2 Wrist Brace – The Aircast A2 has adjustable straps that makes the wrist brace easy to put on and allows you to personalize the fit. It provides support while allowing full use of the fingers.
  • DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist Support – The DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist Brace fits around your wrist and hand snug and tight, providing all around support. It’s lightweight and perfect for everyday use.
  • DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist & Thumb Support – The DonJoy ComfortFORM Wrist & Thumb Brace includes the benefits of the above wrist brace with added support for the thumb, making it a great dual thumb wrist brace. It not only supports the wrist and hand, but it also helps you control thumb movement.

Carpal tunnel can cause you to have pain, numbness or even burning sensations in the thumb and fingers. Wearing wrist braces for carpal tunnel can make all the difference in your every day pain, so check these out today!

Best Knee Braces for Runners

Most runners experience knee pain or injury at some point in their life. The continuous force between your legs and the ground puts strain on the cartilage and ligaments that support the knees. In addition to proper conditioning, supportive shoes, and running on softer surfaces, running knee braces can help prevent or alleviate knee discomfort. Here are some knee braces for runners:

  • DonJoy Cross Strap – This running knee band applies pressure to the patellar tendon, which helps hold the tendon in place during impact between your foot and the ground. Very comfortable and easy to put on.
  • DonJoy Performer Knee Brace – This running knee brace provides maximum protection for runners. It has a sewn-in pad for additional knee support, and straps to hold your calf and thighs in their natural range of motion.
  • DonJoy Elastic Knee Sleeve – This running knee sleeve comes with metal supports running vertically down either side of the knee. This helps prevent the knee from moving incorrectly side to side. The sleeve is made of breathable, lightweight elastic for a comfortable fit.

Next time you go out on a jog, try a knee brace for running