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FOOT & ANKLE BRACING

Foot & Ankle braces provide stability and protection for the foot and ankle– whether used prophylactically, for chronic instability or following an injury. They’re designed to fit easily into shoes.  Breathable material ensures it can be comfortably worn all day.

REBOUND AIR WALKER

For foot and ankle conditions that may benefit from motion restriction, such as:

  • Grade 2 & 3 ankle sprains
  • Stable fractures
  • Tendon or ligament sprain
  • For postoperative or rehab. If used with Achilles Wedge Kit, Achillles ruptures can be treated as well.

REBOUND AIR WALKER – LOW TOP

For foot and ankle conditions that may benefit from motion restriction, such as:

  • Grade 2 & 3 ankle sprains
  • Tendon or ligament sprain
  • For postoperative or rehab.

Features and Benefits:

  • Full circumferential shell with added semi-soft toe bumper for frontal toe protection
  • Soft Flex Edge™ reduces pressure points
  • Full rocker bottom is especially engineered to be low and wide to help promote a natural gait
  • Stretch-to-fit shell for optimal fit
  • Shell can be trimmed for additional stretch in the calf
  • Cushioning is breathable and provides comfort
  • Linked media/lateral bladders for easy inflation and equal compression
  • Integrated pump and air release valve for easy access

Strain vs. Sprain Explained

A strain vs. sprain depends on whether or not muscles, tendons and/or ligaments are stretched or torn. Strains are the more serious version that impact muscles and tendons (the thick bands that attach muscles to bones). They occur from quick twists, tears, or pulls of the muscle. Pain, weakness and spasms are common symptoms of this acute injury that results from overstretching or contraction. Bruising is sometimes present, but you can more easily diagnose a strain from pain when contracting or stretching the muscle. MRI can help determine the extent of the damage and initial rest (for some weeks) is recommended. This may be followed by physical therapy (PT) and strengthening exercises in later healing phases. A doctor or physical therapist can make sound recommendations based on severity, and total healing can typically be
achieved in 6-8 weeks.

Sprains affect ligaments (thick bands of cartilage that attach bones to bones) and they occur in response to stretches or tears. Injury is often related to a fall or outside force that displaces the joint from its normal alignment. Sprains can be detected by bruising, swelling, pain with movement and instability, and most often occur in the ankle, knee, and wrist. There are special tests to determine the ligament affected and an MRI may be required to determine the extent of the injury. Physical therapy and strengthening exercises help support full recovery and surgery may be needed for the most severe (torn ACL for example).

Risk Factors

Factors contributing to sprains include:
Environmental conditions.
Slippery or uneven surfaces can make you more prone to injury.
Fatigue.
Tired muscles are less likely to provide good support for your joints.
When you’re tired, you’re also more likely to succumb to forces that could stress a joint.

Poor equipment.
Ill-fitting or poorly maintained footwear or other sporting equipment can contribute to your risk of a sprain. Xceed Medical has a great selection of shoes to choose from offerings those suffering the relief and comfort needed to get back to living your life.

Prevention
Regular stretching and strengthening exercises for your sport, fitness or work activity, are a part of an overall physical conditioning program, which can help to minimize your risk of sprains. Try to be in shape to play your sport; don’t play your sport to get in shape. If you have a physically demanding occupation, regular conditioning can help prevent injuries.

You can protect your joints in the long term by working to strengthen and condition the muscles around the joint that has been injured. The best brace you can give yourself is your own “muscle brace.” Ask your doctor about appropriate conditioning and stability exercises. Xceed Medical can help you find the perfect footwear, insoles, compression stockings and bracing offering support and protection to help you maintain, heal and recover.

Treatment
Use the RICE method for initial treatment and relief from strains or sprains:
R – REST for 24-48 hours and use crutches or other assistance as necessary to move.
I – ICE the area for 20 minutes every 3-4 hours for the first two days after the injury
C – COMPRESSION with an ACE bandage or other wrap snuggly, but not to the point of cutting off circulation.
E – ELEVATE above the heart if possible using pillows during sleep to maintain as much as you can.
Always consult with your Dr. before any treatment.

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