Categories: BracesDecember 26, 2019
Millions of people today wear a brace for one reason or another, all the time or for specific activities. Athletes wear sports braces for support or while recovering from a recent injury. Many professionals wear a brace to prevent injury while they're doing physical labor at work. Many more wear braces while recovering from surgery or to support a joint that will always be misaligned or not strong enough for daily life.
All this brace-wearing may involve a wide variety of brace types. There are sleeve braces and wrap braces, soft braces, rigid braces, hinged braces, and immobilizing braces. There are braces for the wrist, back, knee, or ankle. But there is one thing that everyone who wears a brace shares as a common concern: Skincare.
No matter what kind of brace you wear, skin has a universal response to being warmed and confined over a long period of time. Eventually, you will find yourself fighting the urge to scratch. Itching underneath a brace can happen for many
November 18, 2019
Every athlete and every person who engages in exercise experiences muscle soreness. Muscle soreness is a good sign that you have "felt the burn" and that your muscles are growing stronger as a result of the work you have done. Your muscles and the joints you focused on may feel achy, tender, and weaker than usual in the hours, and sometimes days, after a truly intense workout. This is all perfectly normal and healthy, provided you fuel up on water and protein, and remember to stretch.
But how do you tell the difference between healthy muscles that ache and a real soft-tissue sports injury? Sports injuries occur when the burn you feel pushes your body too far and the soft tissue doesn't just burn; it tears. When you don't notice a moment-of-injury and soreness can leave your muscles tender and weak, how do you know when it's time to ice and rest versus soaking in a bath and getting back on the grind tomorrow?
Today, we're here to help you find out.
October 11, 2019
Every athlete, professional or otherwise, has to deal with the body's quirks. We each have a few unique details that make us different from the general populace. Most of the time, these are minor variations that occur naturally in the population like weak knees, double-jointedness, or having one leg ever so slightly longer than the other. Other conditions might be the result of past experiences or previous injuries that never fully returned to normal like an ankle that's prone to re-spraining or the lingering risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, even if you've got it mostly under control.
Athletes with Flat Feet
One of these small physical variations that makes life more interesting is flat feet, also known as collapsible arches and pes planus, depending on who you're talking to. Flat feet may
Categories: BracesSeptember 30, 2019
There comes a time in almost everyone's life when they need a little more support than their joints can provide. This is a situation that athletes run into all the time, often in response to a particularly strenuous training activity or while recovering from an injury. Of course, normal people find themselves needing joint support as well. There are a variety of medical conditions, situations, and labor-intensive jobs that benefit, even require, the use of a 'sports' brace. If you've ever suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome, turned an ankle, or fallen wrong on a knee, you have at least some experience with braces but most people don't realize just how useful a sports brace can be. Today we're here to talk about ten different very common situations that benefit from a
Categories: KneeSeptember 27, 2019
Your active lifestyle keeps you feeling energized, youthful, and ready to conquer life! You enjoy the natural boost you get when you exercise, and even if you're not following a specific exercise routine, your life revolves around movement. Whether it's taking the five flights of stairs at the office, delving into year-round yard work, or playing with your kids at the park, your life is as much physical activity as it is inaction. You love it that way. Then, one day, out of seemingly nowhere, you are hit with something that threatens to knock your activity way level down. No, it's not busyness on the job that distracts you from keeping up with your active lifestyle. No, it's not a new baby demanding all of your attention. It's not even a car accident or sickness. It's pain -- an intense pain in your knee. This pain is threatening to change your lifestyle from
September 16, 2019
Athletes come in all different shapes and sizes. An athlete can be any age, gender, and level of current physical fitness. It doesn't matter how wealthy you are, if you do sports professionally or casually, if you run for your health or because you love the feeling of the wind on your face. Athletes come from all walks of life and work out for all sorts of personal or professional reasons. However, the one thing that binds almost all athletes together is a spirit of determination. We believe in the adage "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". You keep working through the burn, you get in the zone, push your limits, and get stronger and faster every day. For most athletes, it's not the exercise that's hard, it's stopping before you're ready.
Unfortunately, that's exactly what an injury does, and they
July 03, 2019
Everyone approaches their exercise routine in a different way. You may love the exhilaration of getting your heart rate up or hate the first ten minutes of any routine. You may dedicate an hour every day after work or cajole yourself into hitting the gym each week. But no matter how you approach your regular workouts, no one likes getting an injury.
And no matter how professional or careful you are, everyone gets injured eventually. It's more of a statistic than any personal failure. Train running for a year and your feet will hit the pavement millions of times. There's a reasonable chance that one in a million footfalls will land on a rock, turn an ankle, or twist your knee out of place. Or you might tumble safely only to land on your arm and sprain a wrist. Wrist injuries happen and any experienced athlete knows t
May 16, 2019
You use your hands almost constantly. So it's no surprise that your wrists are highly susceptible to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). RSIs are nothing new, as they have actually been documented as far back as the 18th Century. However, the use of modern technological devices such as computers and gaming equipment have made them all the more common. Below are some of the most common Repetitive Stress Injuries affecting the wrist, along with the recommended treatments for them.
April 08, 2019
Every sport and active lifestyle takes a toll on people's knees. If your joints are sore after your morning run or after a long day of walking around, you're not alone. Knees can develop arthritis, have worn ligaments, or even get dislocated. Knee braces can do everything from reducing the risk of injury to support your knees and stop joint pain. They can also help you recover from surgery or serious injuries. Keep reading to learn more about different types of knee braces and how to keep your joints safe.
1. Do braces help
March 15, 2019
Knees are one of the most hard-working joints in the body. Not only are they an essential part of movement and exercising, they also support nearly all of your body weight every time you stand and walk. Knees do a lot more work than most of us realize, which is why it's so hard to leave them alone when recovering from an injury, a surgery, or to rest your knees from an ongoing strain. You can put your wrist in a brace, prop your arm in a sling, but you need your knees to get around just to do basic things like getting dressed, making