Sometimes, you need a little help. And a brace might offer the support you need. The Foot Performance Center offers a wide variety of braces to help you on your way. An orthopedic brace, appliance, or simply brace is an orthopedic device used to:
- Control, guide, limit and or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular reason
- To restrict movement in a given direction
- To assist movement generally To reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose
- To aid rehabilitation from fractures after the removal of a cast
- To otherwise correct the shape and or the function of the body,
- To provide easier movement capability or reduce pain
We focus on the most proven designs in bracing. Skilled Practitioners are available for evaluation to provide you with the correct brace for your condition. The Foot Performance Center has in-stock, many knee and ankle braces. When a custom brace is required, we’ll schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Orthotists, (a health professional trained and nationally certified in the process of providing braces). A prescription from your doctor is required for a custom brace. When fit properly, braces are proven in studies to be effective and comfortable.
The ankle is a key joint in human movement. If it is injured, or not working properly, many other things can go wrong with the foot, knee and hip. The ankle is a tri-planar joint, and for optimal function improvement or pain relief, all three planes of motion need to be helped. Ankle braces are categorized as “acute/new injury” or “functional”. An Aircast stirrup brace works well for a newly sprained ankle when maximum support and motion limitation is required. This type of brace is discontinued after normal gait and motion is restored, (usually through the help of physical therapy). To return to your activities/sport, while still healing (ligaments can take up to 8 weeks), a different kind of ankle brace works well.
The Knee is comprised of 2 joints, the actual “knee” joint and the “patellofemoral/kneecap” joint. The knee braces for the ligaments and cartilage of the knee joint, focus on controlling side-to-side or forward/backwards motion. This reduces instability and pain. There are also knee braces for osteoarthritis which ‘unload’ the joint surfaces to reduce painful pressure/pain. The kneecap glides up towards the hip on knee extension. Sometimes it becomes roughened on the back and the gliding becomes painful or causes instability. The patellar alignment brace keeps the kneecap moving in the groove of the femur, so no irritation occurs. It’s small hinges on each side offer stability too.