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Magnets Help Arthritic Knees

December 28, 2012 @ 5:45 pm posted by Brace and Support Help

Magnet Therapy

Magnetic therapy works.  The trick is you have to use the right magnets.  Different magnets must be used for different parts of the body.  Knees require different magnetic field parameters than fingers to be effective.

One must consider the coverage area, and magnetic penetration when treating knee pain with magnetic therapy.  Medical grade magnets must be in the correct position and spaced correctly to provide effective pain relief.

Magnets have been used for centuries to treat pain.  Knee braces with magnets can work.

 

 

 

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Cold Therapy

December 20, 2012 @ 1:00 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Ice Pack

 

These ice packs can be used multiple times and eliminate the problems common with ice cubes from your freezer.  If you ever had to use ice packs then you know about the trickle of cold water puddling under your leg, the mushy peas that escape from the bag of  once-frozen-vegetables, or the struggle of keeping the ice pack in place.

An ice pack wrap provides cold therapy and compression exactly where you need it – again and again and again.

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Shin Splint Sleeve

December 17, 2012 @ 1:19 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Shin Splint Sleeve

A shin splint sleeve can help reduce the pain associated with shin splints.  Shin pain can stop even the most determined runner from running.  A shin splint sleeve will provide warmth and compression and possibly help return a runner to activity.  These shin supports will have tubular pads within the brace to provide protection to sensitive lower legs.

This is an 11″ shin sleeve.  To choose the correct size measure the circumference around the widest part of your lower leg.  If you don’t have a tape measure then take a piece of string wrap it around your calf and then hold it next to a ruler.

 

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Compression Stocking Applicator

December 14, 2012 @ 1:07 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Compression Stocking Applicator

Compression stockings can be difficult to put on and take off.  A compression stocking applicator can help!  Usually compression stockings are pulled up a leg with considerable difficulty.  An applicator for compression hosiery like the one pictured above reduces the effort used to don and doff stockings by gently pushing them into place.  This device is easy to use and simple to learn.  Click this link to watch videos about how this amazing compression stocking applicator works.

The compression stocking applicator can make life easier for any patient who regularly wears medical grade hosiery.  Care-givers or people with weak fingers that have to wrestle with compression stockings must see this product!

 

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Heel Cup – Simple Solution

December 11, 2012 @ 1:58 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Heel Cups

Is heel pain having a negative impact on your life?  Heel cups are sold in pairs and can be constructed of silicone or plastic.  Heel cups help correct foot alignment which relieves stress and fatigue.  A quality heel cup will reduce the impact of your foot hitting the floor with every step so heel cups also act as shock absorbers – making walking easier.  These heel cushions are designed to fit in shoes.  This is a simple, inexpensive treatment option – absolutely worth trying.

 

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Cast Sandal

December 8, 2012 @ 1:44 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Cast Sandal

A cast sandal or “cast boot” has a specific job – it helps protect the cast on your foot.  If you or a patient have had foot surgery or broke a bone – whatever the reason you have a cast on your foot to help ease your foot pain – a cast sandal will help keep the cast from getting nasty.  If you’ve ever worn a cast for any period of time you know they can get kind of funky pretty quick – especially when feet are involved.

Cast sandals will have slip resistant soles, and a rocker bottom will make walking a bit easier.  A cast sandal will usually have a canvas or nylon top.  Velcro straps are better than D-Rings.  This will make putting cast sandals on and taking them off easier.

A cast sandal is a line item that emergency rooms and urgent care centers love to overcharge for.  A basic cast sandal should cost between $15 and $25.  Don’t go cheap.  A cast sandal will take a lot of abuse.  You want it to last for the entire time the foot cast needs to be worn.

 

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Post Op Shoes

December 5, 2012 @ 8:41 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Post Op Shoe

 

Post op shoes help protect the foot after a traumatic event or surgery.  These protective foot braces help reduce foot pain and make taking steps less painful.  Also post op shoes protect casts and dressings, keep the wound site dry, and limits wear and tear.  a quality post op shoe will have some type of tread on the bottom to help prevent patients from slipping while they walk.

Usually post op shoes are constructed of a canvas top and rubber bottom.  The straps should be easy to adjust and trimmed so they don’t interfere with walking.

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Ankle Brace for Basketball

December 2, 2012 @ 1:00 am posted by Brace and Support Help

Ankle Brace

 

A lace up ankle brace is designed to mimic ankle taping and improve upon the idea.  They are ideal for basketball because lace up ankle braces are designed to provide protection and stability to sprained ankles and unstable ankles.  Lace up ankle braces are superior to taping in a couple ways.

1.  Tape comes loose.  If you ever had your ankle taped then you know it doesn’t take too many trips up and down the court for the tape to get loose.  By the half you need to have your ankle re-taped.  With a lace up ankle brace all you have to do is re-tie the laces – like with your sneakers.

2.  Taping requires a trainer.  If you have an athletic trainer handy that can tape and re-tape your ankle – great!  If not, you better know what you’re doing.  You can slip an ankle brace on, and lace it up all by yourself.

3.  Cost.  One ankle brace should last you at least one year.  How much tape will you go through in one year taping and re-taping your ankle.

 

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