Össur Knee Supports
What is an ankle support?
There are a variety of products on the market, all of which focus on managing different conditions for simply sprains and strains to ligament damage through sports and even degenerative conditions such as Osteoarthritis of the knee. If you are unsure as to the type of brace required then you should consult with a clinical professional for advice on which one would suit your needs best.
The main purpose of a knee support is to help manage your injury and keep you active during your recovery. The majority of products work by offering compression to help manage and support to manage any instability resulting from the initial injury.
The patella, or knee cap, is the small bone sitting at the front of the knee and acts as a lever for the Quadriceps muscle. For patella based injuries you may consider the BioSkin Q Baby Patella Band, a low profile support designed to offer compression to the affected area. The discreet band fits just below the patella, with the compression helping to manage pain and inflammation.
If you are looking for a somewhat generic knee support which can cater for a variety of conditions such as sprains, tendinitis or osteoarthritis then the BioSkin Hinged Knee Support may be the best support for you.
In the immediate aftermath of an injury it is important to adopt the RICE principles in Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation in order to minimise the damage sustained and give yourself the best chance of a speedy recovery. Whilst it may sometimes be tempting to continue and push through the pain it can lead to further injuries resulting in a longer period of recovery.
A sports brace allows a patient to continue an activity following an injury, designed to offer compression to the affected area which can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Manufactured from compressive and breathable material they allow the skin to breathe whilst keeping the compression focused on the affected region so that you are able to remain active for longer.
Following a sprained ankle you may wish to opt for a compressive based ankle support to help manage any swelling experienced. For more serious injuries you may consider a ligament support which works to offer the stability lost as a result of the initial injury. This is typically achieved through external strapping on the ankle support which works as an external ligament.
As the name suggests the night splint is to be worn at night and is typically associated with conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis and lower extremity overuse injuries. Typically the foot and ankle will sit in a rigid shell lined with padding for comfort and protection. The night splint then allows gentle stretching of the plantar fascia and achilles tendon to allow effective treatment for the aforementioned conditions.
Which support should I buy?
As there are numerous options on the market it is essential to obtain a professional diagnosis in the first instance so that you are able to select the brace which will offer the greatest set of benefits for the condition you wish to manage.
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