Osteoarthritis Relief with Arthritis Knee Braces

Osteoarthritis (also known as OA) is the most prevalent form of arthritis. It occurs due to the natural wear and tear of our joints and cartilage. Wearing arthritis knee braces may alleviate pain from osteoarthritis. DonJoy manufactures premiere OA knee braces that help individuals with mild to severe osteoarthritis.

Watch this video to learn more about osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis symptoms, osteoarthritis treatment and how arthritis knee braces can help:

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Speak with your doctor to see if wearing an arthritis knee brace can be a solution that helps alleviate your knee pain today!

Which Ankle Brace is the Best?

When considering which ankle brace is the best for sports such as basketball, there are many factors to take in. The most important factor is probably protection. You need an ankle brace that provides maximum protection against injury for your ankle. An ankle sprain or injury could sideline you for an entire season, which is something no athlete ever wants to experience.

One of the best ankle braces in the DonJoy Collection is the DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace. The Velocity Ankle Brace provides support to the ankle joint, is extremely comfortable, and is great to wear post-injury. This ankle brace can also help prevent injuries.

A feature of the DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace is its heat-moldable foot plate. A medical professional can use this foot plate to mold the brace to the shape of your foot. That means you’re able to enjoy the benefits of a custom-fit ankle brace, without the cost! Its rigid outer frame also helps guard your ankle during impact with the ground or other players.

The DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace is all about comfort. It comes with hinges that are designed specifically for the ankle. You can walk, run, turn and jump without the ankle brace getting in your way. Not only does the Velocity offer unrestricted movement, but it fits into regular athletic shoes.

If you’re looking for one of our best ankle protectors, check out the DonJoy Velocity Ankle Brace. It’s great for both injury recovery and for sports ankle injury prevention!

Prevent Rowing Injuries

Rowing, also known as crew, is a sport that’s growing in popularity – especially among collegiate-age young adults. It’s an activity that involves the entire body, from your feet to your neck. Though rowing provides a great workout, it’s also very straining on the joints in your body.

Athletes who have participated in rowing for several years may suffer from various joint aches. Here are some common rowing injuries:

Lower Back Pain – Low back pain is common in rowers. The muscles in the back are an important part of the strength behind each rowing stroke. However, the back can also become strained from the repetitive motion. Strength and flexibility training can help reduce your chances of hurting your back while rowing. Proper technique is also important. Check out our back braces to help alleviate back pain when rowing.

Wrist Pain – The wrist is susceptible to tendonitis when rowing because of the repetitive motion of a rowing stroke. Wearing wrist braces both when rowing and not rowing can help alleviate stress on your wrist and help with the pain.

Knee Pain – Patellofemoral pain (behind the kneecap) is also quite common in rowing. Much of the strength in each rowing stroke comes from the legs, which places stress on the knee. Rowers are also at risk for iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). The iliotibial band glides along the outside of the kneecap while the knee is bent. This can result in inflammation. Wearing knee straps can help alleviate some of the irritation from these types of knee pain.

Combine wearing protective gear while you row with proper training and you may help avoid some of the pain associated with rowing!

Lower Leg Stress Fractures

Stress fractures of the lower leg typically occur due to overuse. The repeated pounding of your feet on hard surfaces can cause the shin bone, ankles, or feet to develop small cracks (fractures), causing pain and discomfort to the lower leg. Any activity that requires lots of running and strain on the foot may result in lower leg stress fractures, such as gymnastics or track and field. However, lower leg stress fractures may also affect people who have weaker bones.

Lower leg stress fractures are often misdiagnosed as shin splints. If you’re experiencing lower leg pain, check with your doctor to determine the cause of your discomfort. Here are some ways your physician may treat lower leg stress fractures.

  • Rest. Typically your leg will need 6 to 8 weeks to heal, during which you should avoid high impact activities. Swimming or biking may be good alternatives to your normal workout.
  • Wear a lower leg brace. Protective footwear such as the Aircast Leg Brace can help support your leg. They guard the outside of the injured area while providing enough support to allow you to move around. We like the Aircast Leg Brace because it stabilizes the lower leg to support while it heals. Plus you can wear the Aircast Leg Brace with your regular shoes.
  • Eat healthy foods. Maintain a vitamin-rich diet during and after your injury to help strengthen your bones and to prevent future stress fractures.
  • Strength training. After your leg has completely healed, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to develop your strength back. Stronger muscles may also help prevent future lower leg stress fractures and in some cases it can decrease the loss of bone density.

As always, consult your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your situation.

A Secret Weapon for Athletes

Did you know that some athletes have a “secret weapon” to give them a competitive edge over other athletes? This secret weapon helps them:

  • Improve strength and endurance
  • Increase burst speed and power
  • Build muscle size
  • Reduce injury and fatigue
  • Recover faster from workouts

The secret weapon is… electronic muscle stimulation!

Electronic muscle stimulators (EMS’s) emulate your body’s natural muscle contractions and work out your muscles without wear and tear on your joints or cardiovascular fatigue. When you couple electronic muscle stimulation with your regular sports training and workouts, you can achieve results you never before thought imaginable. Many professional athletes use electronic muscle stimulators to help improve their power, speed, endurance and strength which helps them perform better during sports and other physical activities.

Compex is one of the leading manufacturers of muscle stimulators in today’s industry. Their devices allow you to customize a workout for your specific needs — whether it’s speed, strength, power, endurance, or a combination of the above.

Check out our electronic muscle stimulators made by Compex today!