Knee Braces for Surfing

A few days ago we posted about professional surfer Garrett McNamara’s record-breaking ride on a 90-foot wave just off the coast of Portugal. McNamara tackled that wave while wearing DonJoy knee braces, and he has long been wearing knee braces to protect his body while surfing.

If you enjoy surfing, make sure to protect your knees. Surfing can cause stress on the knees, because of the way the knee is bent while your body balances on the waves. The force of the surf can also cause your knee to move out of a natural position, causing ligament tears and other injuries. Injuries can also happen to the knee from kneeling on the board or from impact after a wipeout.

Wearing surfing knee braces can help prevent injuries to your knees. They help support your knee as you shift your weight, and they help prevent the knee from moving out of its normal range. Check out these braces and supports for surfing and ride more safely starting today!

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Pro Surfer Garrett McNamara Rides 90-Foot Wave

Professional surfer Garrett McNamara rode a record-breaking 90-foot wave on Tuesday, just north of Lisbon, Portugal. The largest wave ever recorded previously is a 77-foot wave ridden by Mike Parsons in 2008. Check out the video below of McNamara’s amazing ride on this 90-foot beast:

Garrett McNamara’s incredible feat was also featured on ESPN SportsCenter. McNamara has long been an advocator of DonJoy braces, wearing a Defiance knee brace on each knee as he takes on the surf.

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Antonio Gates on the Road to Beating Plantar Fasciitis

When Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers tore his plantar fascia last year, sports enthusiasts questioned whether his career had reached its peak. Even after the tear healed, he was plagued by reoccurring plantar fasciitis all through the 2010-2011 season and through the start of this year.

It’s clear that Antonio Gates is coming out of his shell again, despite the Chargers’ 45-38 loss against the Packers. He received 8 passes for 96 yards and scored a touchdown in Sunday’s game. There was no indication that he was letting his plantar fasciitis bother him at all.

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, here are some things you can do to help treat and minimize the pain:

  • Rest and ice the area and stop performing the activities that cause pain.
  • Use anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Wear a foot brace during the day, such as the Aircast Airheel which supports the bottom of the foot and enhances circulation.
  • Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint during the night, which helps stretch the plantar fascia while you sleep and reduces pain in the morning. (Note, you can also get a plantar fasciitis kit which contains both the Airheel and Aircast Dorsal Night Splint.)
  • If your doctor recommends it, go to physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the plantar fascia.

It looks like the rest and rehabilitation that Antonio Gates has been putting toward his foot is finally starting to pay off. Check with your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your condition, and don’t let plantar fasciitis hold you back from doing the activities that you enjoy!

How to Treat a Broken Ankle

A broken ankle, also known as an ankle fracture, can be a very devastating injury. Not only may the pain be severe, but it inhibits daily activities as well. A broken ankle can affect one bone in the ankle joint, or several bones. There may also be damage to ligaments as well. Typically the more bones that are broken, the more unstable the ankle becomes.

Always consult your doctor if you have an injury or suspect that you may have a broken ankle. A broken ankle typically takes at least six weeks to heal. Here are some methods that are often used to treat a broken ankle:

Cold Therapy – Icing the ankle may help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.

Elevation – Keeping the foot elevated limits swelling and also minimizes damage to neighboring tissues.

Splint & Cast – Your doctor will probably splint the ankle to make sure the bones are lined up properly. Once the swelling goes down, a cast is put on to continue protecting the ankle while you heal.

Crutches – Depending on the severity of your broken ankle, your doctor may ask that you refrain from putting weight on it. Crutches may need to be used in order for you to move around.

Ankle Brace РOnce you are allowed to place weight on the ankle joint, an ankle brace can be used to help facilitate the rehabilitation process. One of the best ankle braces for a broken ankle in our collection of supports is the Aircast Air-Stirrup Ankle Brace. The Air Stirrup helps heal and ease pain, helps protect the ankle from re-injury, and helps you manage ankle functionality when broken.

How to Prevent Knee Hyperextension

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.

One of the scariest memories of my high school basketball career was when I almost hyperextended my knee. I can still remember the moment clearly – I was falling backwards while one of my teammates was standing on my foot, and it felt like my knee was moving in the wrong direction. Luckily, she moved at the last possible second and I was able to fall safely on the floor without actually hurting my knee.

Knee hyperextension can cause the ligaments in your knee to stretch beyond their normal range of motion, leading to pain and swelling. If I had actually hyperextended my knee, I probably would have been out for at least a month in the season. Sometimes knee hyperextension can even damage ligaments to the point of tearing. In those cases, surgery may be needed to repair the tear.

Though nothing happened to me, a hyperextended knee may be prevented if you wear a knee brace. After hurting my ACL and doing tons of research on the topic, I’m starting to realize the importance of protecting your joints – especially during sports. The DonJoy Playmaker knee brace would have been ideal for me, since it’s perfect for basketball and protects the ligaments from tearing and hyperextension. You can also check out the DonJoy FullForce Ligament knee brace for top-of-the-line knee protection during other sports and activities.

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