CUSTOM ORTHOTICS AND BRACES

Foot Orthotics

An orthotic, a corrective device worn inside a shoe, can help the muscles, tendons and bones of your feet and lower legs function at their highest potential. When appropriately prescribed to treat a medical condition and custom-made, orthotics can decrease pain, not only in your feet, but in other parts of the body, such as your knees, hips and lower back. During your initial assessment, your provider documents your medical history, symptoms and previous injuries, and takes into account your lifestyle and typical footwear. During your examination, your provider may observe:

  • Your overall posture
  • The structure, alignment, strength and range of motion of your legs and feet
  • Your presenting symptoms and condition
  • Your current footwear for fit, wear patterns and function

Based on your assessment, your provider discusses your treatment options and explains how the treatment will help meet your specific needs.

Knee Braces

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and its exposed position makes it vulnerable to injury during athletic activities. While strength, flexibility and technique are important components of knee injury management, the use of knee braces as preventive and therapeutic adjuncts can also be considered.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, knee braces fit into several categories:

  • Prophylactic Braces: Intended to prevent or reduce the severity of knee injuries in contact sports;
  • Functional Braces: Designed to provide stability for unstable knees;
  • Rehabilitative Braces: Designed to allow protected and controlled motion during the rehabilitation of injured knees;
  • Patellofemoral Braces: Designed to improve patellar tracking and relieve anterior knee pain.

At Quality Care Sports Injury & Rehab Inc., you will be assessed and advised on a suitable brace for your knee injury, based on physical tests and your diagnostic reports or information from your doctor. Off-the-shelf braces or a custom made knee brace may be recommended.  
Off-the-shelf braces do not require a moulding or cast to be made of your joint.  Considerations regarding fabric type, hinge design, securing straps and sizing will be discussed, specifically as it relates to these off-the-shelf braces. Other off-the-shelf braces supplied in the clinic include those for the ankle, thumb, wrist, shoulder, and low back.

If a custom knee brace is most appropriate,  the K-System custom knee brace is a unique product on the market, manufactured by Dr. William (Bill) Morrison. The unique feature of this product is the slide arm which allows the joint centre of the brace to coincide with the anatomical joint centre. This provides a favourable compliance between the brace and the user, for comfort and function. For more information, please read the following: K-System Knee Brace

 

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