How Medical Foot Braces Can Change Your Life

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.

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Top Three Aircast Ankle Braces

A couple days ago we posted about how Aircast ankle braces are the one of the best braces available on the market. Here are the three most popular Aircast ankle braces to help prevent and support ankle injuries:

Aircast Air-Stirrup: This ankle brace is designed to fit around the foot and ankle to give maximum support after ankle injuries. Each side of this brace is lined with unique aircells that give your ankle the compression it needs to reduce swelling and enhance circulation. The Aircast Air-Stirrup is especially good for ankle sprains or chronic ankle instability.

Aircast A60: This ankle brace provides top-notch support at the weakest point of the ankle. It includes stabilizers at each side of the ankle, which are molded at a 60 degree angle to best protect you against ankle sprains and rollovers. The Aircast A60 is also designed for maximum comfort, and is made from special lightweight material that stays cool and dry during use.

Aircast Airsport: This ankle brace is made for athletes who suffer from chronic ankle sprains. It utilizes the protective features of the Aircast Air-Stirrup and is wearable during sports and other activities. The Aircast Airsport has a “step-“in” design that makes it extremely fast and easy to put on, while still giving you the support that you need.

Muscle Stimulation Can Help Improve Athletic Performance

Electronic muscle stimulators reproduce the body’s muscular contractions by applying electrical impulses to your motor nerves. You also benefit from the ability to target specific muscle groups.

A leading manufacturer of muscle stimulation devices is Compex®. Compex muscle stimulators are used by professional athletes and Olympic gold medalists to help increase athletic performance.

Recently, a study revealed that neuromuscular electrical stimulation may enhance pitching performance and recovery in baseball. Normally between innings, pitchers have to find a balance between resting (to avoid getting tired) and active exercise (to keep the shoulder and arm muscles warmed up). Electronic muscle stimulation allows baseball players to continue blood flow to the muscles without the risk of exhaustion.1

The ability to stay warmed up without fatiguing the muscles can also help in other athletic activities. Because electronic stimulation flexes your muscles with no active assistance, you can train your muscles with less risk of overuse of your joints. The conclusion? Electronic muscle stimulation may provide a safe and legal competitive advantage in baseball and other sports.

Warren et al., Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, March
2011, Volume 25(3), pp. 683-688.

How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. This nerve runs from the forearm to the hand and it controls the sensations to the palm side of the thumb, index, and middle fingers, as well as the muscle power to the thumb. Patients who have carpal tunnel syndrome complain of pain, numbness and weakness in the hand and wrist.

Jobs that involve repetitive motion of the wrist, such as stocking or assembly line work, put you at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Luckily there are several ways to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Wear a carpal tunnel wrist brace. Wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome help keep the wrist straight and may help patients maintain correct posture and wrist position.
  • Rearrange your workplace. The way you interact with your environment could cause prolonged awkward positions. Following office ergonomic guidelines can help alleviate repetitive movement.
  • Take frequent breaks. Use your breaks to perform stretching exercises on your wrist and arms. You can also check with your employer if your tasks can be rotated with other workers.

These simple tips can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and keep you working at your happiest and healthiest!

Wear the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace for Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis and Heel Pain

The Aircast Airheel ankle brace is specifically designed to help treat heel pain and bottom of foot pain. When you wear this brace, it applies pulsating, pneumatic compression under the arch of your foot and on your Achilles tendon.

The Aircast AirHeel 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 (the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes). Air is forced into the chamber surrounding the Achilles tendon which then inflates. The inflated Achilles chamber applies compression to the Achilles tendon to reduce strain on the tendon.

This technology helps to minimize swelling and enhance circulation. It’s especially suited for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Here’s what our customers have to say about the Aircast Airheel ankle support:

“I had the most inflamed plantar fasciitis foot that my doctor had ever seen. This product in three weeks has brought me down to a much better place and has been very effective and comfortable.” – Allie

“I’ve had heel pain for years… bursitis, heel spurts, and plantar fasciitis… throughout my international basketball career, and this brace has made the pain disappear. I feel like I’ve never had heel pain before! Thank you!” – Lou

“I had severe plantar fasciitis and had a lot of trouble with it. I bought an Aircast Airheel. Within two weeks I was healed! No pain at all. Great product – I just ordered three more so I can keep one in my motorcoach and different homes.” – Robert

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or other types of foot pain, check out our braces for foot injuries.