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Ankle Sprain Brace

July 6, 2018 @ 10:38 am posted by Brace and Support Help

A wrap around figure 8 ankle brace is a better treatment option for an ankle sprain than ankle taping or an ankle stirrup type of brace.  Tape comes loose.  If you’re an athlete that ever had an ankle taped you know it feels great when first applied.  The tape provides protection and support.  But as you start running and jumping the tape gets loose and all that stability is lost.  A figure 8 ankle brace has laces, so just like a sneaker, the brace can be made more tight or loose depending on how your ankle feels.

A wrap around figure 8 ankle brace works by controlling the heel.  Control the heel, stabilize the ankle.  These ankle braces easily fit in a sneaker or work boot.  They are easily washable and very comfortable.  These braces provide the maximum amount of protection and stability, are easy to clean, and adjustable.

Learn More about ankle braces.

 

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Do you need a Knee Strap?

May 28, 2018 @ 8:55 am posted by Brace and Support Help

 

Do you suffer from jumper’s knee or patella tendonitis?

  • Universal Knee Strap
  • Reduces Inventory
  • Easy to Adjust
  • Trimmable Strap
  • Does Not Impede Circulation
  • Comfortable and Effective

Description

The Universal Tendonitis Strap is constructed to provide focused compression on the patella tendon.  A unique, trimmable strap offers custom sizing and fitting.  This knee strap does not impede circulation or restrict mobility. The strap functions dynamically as the knee flexes and extends. This strap band is easy to apply and adjust.  This is a much more substantial brace than the knee bands that can be purchased in pharmacies or grocery stores.

Indications

  • Jumpers Knee
  • Runners Knee
  • Patella Tendonitis
  • Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
  • Chondromalacia Patella Syndrome

 

Sizing

Fits the circumference of an affected area from 7″ – 20″.  Simply trim the excess material.

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Medicare and Knee Braces

March 25, 2018 @ 4:57 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

If you are considering buying a knee brace or back brace over the internet, or calling an 800 number, and having the people you’re communicating with bill Medicare on your behalf –  stop.  Stop immediately.  It’s a scam.  Even if you receive the back brace or knee brace, you’re being robbed.  When a medical professional bills medicare on your behalf for a knee brace or back brace they are supposed to evaluate you, measure you, fit you, and be available for follow-up.  The follow-up is good for three years!  All of that is built into the cost.  The person fitting you needs to be a credentialed medical professional.  In some states the person needs to be licensed.

The internet and 800 phone number companies are running a scam.  Don’t believe me?  Just look at the math.  When a medical professional bills Medicare for fitting a knee brace or back brace they will get reimbursed between $800 and $1200 – it depends on the state you live in, and the type of brace being ordered.  Built into that price is the evaluation, measuring, fitting, and follow up visits.  How many follow-up visits?  As many as you need.  You can go see that person everyday for three years for adjustments and they cannot charge you a penny.

Here are a couple of arthritis knee braces we sell on line.  The price is between $159.99 and $329.99.  Here is a typical back brace, $75.45.  We do not bill Medicare.  We sell to the medical professionals that do.  The medical professionals bill Medicare between $800 and $1200 – which is fair and reasonable.  Built into that price is all of the evaluating, measuring, fitting, and follow-ups.  The internet knee brace and back brace providers scam Medicare by buying the brace and shipping it to you.  They skip all the patient care that is built into the reimbursement.

Heritage Medical Equipment owns a couple of blogs, a website that sells orthopedic braces directly to consumers, and we do some distributing for the orthopedic community.  With that said, more than one of these internet and 800 number companies have contacted us over the years looking to buy our knee braces and back braces.  We have very competitive pricing so they are attracted to us.  In many of these cases it only takes a couple of phone calls to our manufacturers to learn that these companies run up huge bills, never pay them, and then disappear.

If you need a back brace or a knee brace, get a prescription from your doctor and go to a certified orthotist.  An orthotist is credentialed professional with a degree.

DO NOT LET AN INTERNET COMPANY BILL MEDICARE ON YOUR BEHALF.

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ACL Knee Brace

March 12, 2018 @ 4:03 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

ACL Knee braces need to provide protection and stability.  They come in two varieties: custom and off-the-shelf.  A custom ACL Knee brace is for people with unique anatomy or serious athletes.  An off-the-shelf knee brace is pretty much for everyone else.

Some people can get along with an ACL deficient knee.  If you’re not that active or engage in activities that don’t put too much stress on your knees it’s quite possible you can avoid surgery and/or bracing.  However if your knee isn’t always there for you, meaning it gives out from time-to-time, you have to understand that the condition will only get worse.  Ligaments aren’t known for spontaneaously regenerating.

Long term, and ACL deficient knee can cause osteoarthritis.  It most likely will.  An ACL knee brace can help stabilize your knee joint so that it “tracks” correctly.  A knee joint slides, glides, and rotates.  There’s a lot going on in your knee.  If your knee isn’t tracking correctly, even the slightest misalignment can cause unnecessary wear and tear that will eventually lead to arthritis.

An ACL Knee brace can help.

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Inventory Liquidation Sale!

February 19, 2018 @ 9:13 am posted by Brace and Support Help

There is a great deal available on supportandbrace.com.  This webstore is phasing the Push thumb brace out of inventory.  This deal will only be available while supplies last.

 

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A Great Ligament Knee Brace

February 12, 2018 @ 12:24 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

There are many functional knee braces on the market.  Which is the right brace for you, or your patient?

Knee brace technology has seen a lot of advancements over the past twenty years, and everybody has it just about right.  All the manufacturers of these knee braces provide supports that protect and stabilize a ligament deficient knee.  The knee braces may be constructed from aluminum or carbon graphite, and the joints can mimic knee bio-mechanics or offer internal and external rotation.  They solve similar problems from slightly different angles with pretty much the same results.  The one common aspect most of these braces share is that they’re expensive.  The knee brace pictured above is an exception.  This is a fair and reasonably priced functional knee brace that will provide protection and stability.  The Matrix lite knee brace is light weight, strong, and comfortable.

 

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New Thumb Splint

January 30, 2018 @ 10:23 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Where to purchase a CMC Thumb Brace.

This CMC Thumb Brace has a low profile design with smooth edges.  The closures are easy to use with one hand.  This brace effectively positions the thumb to alleviate thumb pain while allowing your other fingers a full range of motion.  It has a moldable aluminum core that adjusts for a perfect fit.

  • Keeps Skin Cool and Dry
  • Easily Applied and Removed
  • Comfortable, effective
  • Light Weight

Description

 

This CMC Arthritis Brace is streamlined and durable.  It is the best choice available for relief of basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  This thumb brace can be worn during household activities and sports like golf or tennis.

The thumb splint immobilizes the carpometacarpal (CMC) and the first metacarpophalangeal (MCP 1) joints and places the thumb in a functional position.

It is easy to clean and machine washable.

Characteristics:

  • Restricts thumb adduction, while allowing free movement of the other fingers and wrist
  • Adaptable aluminum core makes it easy to fit
  • The brace can be easily secured with one hand
  • Maximum comfort
  • Dirt and water resistant and is easily dried

Sizing:

 

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CMC Thumb Arthritis

January 25, 2018 @ 10:21 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Purchase this CMC thumb brace.

As we get older osteoarthritis will develop.  It’s just a normal part of aging.  And it usually develops in the joints that we use the most and receive the most stress.  That’s why osteoarthritis is often called, “wear and tear arthritis”.  Pain and disability are the most common complaints of CMC thumb arthritis.

Thumb splints and thumb braces come in many shapes and sizes.  Beware of using a thumb brace that completely immobilizes the thumb.  You need to use your thumb or the muscles surrounding it will atrophy (shrink).  You want the opposite.  You want to use your thumb so the muscles surrounding it get stronger.  So you need a thumb brace that positions your thumb in such a way that it reduces pain but still allows you to use it.

That’s what the thumb brace pictured above can do.  The CMC Thumb Brace is easily put on and taken off with one hand, and provides support that doesn’t limit other joint movement.  It is durable, flexible, and is easily cleaned.  And most important it will reduce your pain.

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New Splint for CMC Arthritis

January 18, 2018 @ 10:18 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Purchase this CMC thumb brace.

As we get older osteoarthritis will develop.  It’s just a normal part of aging.  And it usually develops in the joints that we use the most and receive the most stress.  That’s why osteoarthritis is often called, “wear and tear arthritis”.  Pain and disability are the most common complaints of CMC thumb arthritis.

Thumb splints and thumb braces come in many shapes and sizes.  Beware of using a thumb brace that completely immobilizes the thumb.  You need to use your thumb or the muscles surrounding it will atrophy (shrink).  You want the opposite.  You want to use your thumb so the muscles surrounding it get stronger.  So you need a thumb brace that positions your thumb in such a way that it reduces pain but still allows you to use it.

That’s what the thumb brace pictured above can do.  The CMC Thumb Brace is easily put on and taken off with one hand, and provides support that doesn’t limit other joint movement.  It is durable, flexible, and is easily cleaned.  And most important it will reduce your pain.

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CMC Thumb Arthritis

January 10, 2018 @ 10:17 am posted by Brace and Support Help

The thumb pain associated with CMC Arthritis can be severe.  A decrease in range of motion and strength can make it painful to shake hands, open doors, and forget about opening that jar of pickles.  Treatment can involve splints, braces, and medications.  If its really bad surgery may be an option.

Pain is the primary symptom.  It’s felt at the base of the thumb when gripping, grasping, pinching or forcing an object.  The thumb can also be stiff, tender, and swollen.  The thumb will get weaker and lose range of motion.  And it may start to look a bit deformed.

CMC arthritis is common in women over 40 years old.  Obesity, previous injury,  and heredity are also risk factors.  CMC Arthritis used to be called “Game Keepers” thumb.   Back in the day the people that twisted the necks of rabbits for a living (game keepers) would develop CMC arthritis from the repetitive motion of breaking necks.  Gross.

a CMC Thumb brace is a great treatment option.  Learn more about the thumb splint shown below:

 

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