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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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I wore a tight knee brace all night. Now my lower leg and foot are swollen. No pain or tingling. Keeping it elevated, but not getting better?

I wore a tight knee brace all night. Now my lower leg and foot are swollen. No pain or tingling. Keeping it elevated, but not getting better?

Ultrasound Review: Acute swelling symptoms, one should be concerned about deep venous thrombosis. This life threatening problem can be determined on physical exam and a focus venous ultrasound examination by a physician skill in treating venous disease. Check out the american venous forum or american college of phlebology. I recommend review. ...Read more

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I wotre a knee brace that was too tight. On a knee that was already having an allergic reaction. The rash has spread all over my body? Help?

I wotre a knee brace that was too tight. On a knee that was already having an allergic reaction. The rash has spread all over my body? Help?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and call: Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with the rash symptoms for the here and now. Stop using the brace and call your physician. ...Read more

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I wore a knee brace (tight) all night to help knee pain and this morning my ankle and calf are all swollen (pitting). How long till it goes away?

I wore a knee brace (tight) all night to help knee pain and this morning my ankle and calf are all swollen (pitting). How long till it goes away?

Hours: Remove the brace and elevate the leg. I would expect the swelling related to the brace to resolve within 4-8 hours. When re-applying the brace, make sure it is not too tight as this will increase the risk of swelling beyond the brace. ...Read more

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What is the best knee brace for pfs for softball? It needs to be able to stand sliding and lots of running and squating. Should I wear on both knees?

What is the best knee brace for pfs for softball? It needs to be able to stand sliding and lots of running and squating. Should I wear on both knees?

Patellofemoral pain: The best brace is no brace. Making sure that your hip abductors and vastus medialis are strong. Also making sure that your patellar mobilization is good by stretching the lateral retinaculum is paramount. In the short term consider mcconnell or kinesio-taping. Bracing will serve no great purpose if you haven't done the above first. ...Read more

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Can it hurt you if you run with a patella strap/knee brace? Even if I don't have tendonitis now but did in past

Can it hurt you if you run with a patella strap/knee brace? Even if I don't have tendonitis now but did in past

No harm.: No harm and may prevent! Decreasing patellar ligament stress will decrease the likelyhood of joint pain, whether mechanical or inflammatory ...Read more

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When I straighten my right leg it pops painfully and I wear a knee brace on it. What should I do about?

When I straighten my right leg it pops painfully and I wear a knee brace on it. What should I do about?

Further work up: You need a thorough history, physical exam and possibly some further work up - xray/mri. However, if after the history ; exam, your doc doesn't determine any significant problem or the problem becomes apparent, he may choose to prescribe treatment commensurate to the problem found. ...Read more

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Tendonitis of the knee pain increasing no pain killers anti flam meds working wearing knee brace pain travelling down leg now?

Tendonitis of the knee pain increasing no pain killers anti flam meds working wearing knee brace pain travelling down leg now?

Might need to see Dr: There are many causes of knee pain. Tendinitis generally doesn't respond to medications. A physiotherapist might be helpful re your bracing.

Suggest get it checked if worsening. Here is a generic article on knee pain see if any fit to discuss with your doctor:
http://patient. Info/doctor/knee-assessment ...Read more

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I've a non-hinged knee brace. Immobilization means I shud not move my leg at all or I shuldn't walk wit that leg? Walking with crutches is ok or not?

I've a non-hinged knee brace. Immobilization means I shud not move my leg at all or I shuldn't walk wit that leg? Walking with crutches is ok or not?

Walk some not much: You have a knee immobilized. The purpose is to rest. You can walk to care for yourself but you want to rest and heal. Use common sense. ...Read more

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What's the best right knee brace for hiking? After a long hike swinging my leg forward hurts. Sitting Indian style hurts but straight bend is ok.

What's the best right knee brace for hiking? After a long hike swinging my leg forward hurts. Sitting Indian style hurts but straight bend is ok.

Soft knee brace: Pull on soft knee braces. Don't need the patellar hole. Can cover the whole knee. Should be snug, but not too tight. Try it on prior to purchase. U can also look into tommiecopper, and similar type braces. ...Read more

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After 7 days of bed rest, knee brace and crutches I can't walk with my left leg or put pressure bcs it bends and my foot feels rlly weak is it normal?

After 7 days of bed rest, knee brace and crutches I can't walk with my left leg or put pressure bcs it bends and my foot feels rlly weak is it normal?

Not normal/healthy: Either one. With any lack of use of muscles, both our muscles & brain coordination for effective use decline. However, with such limited information, it is difficult to offer much help. Why the rest, brace, crutches in the first place? Build, previous capabilities & activities, known absence of health issues? ...Read more

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My knee hurt after I workout do I knee a knee pad or a knee brace to stop it for hurting when I workout?

My knee hurt after I workout do I knee a knee pad or a knee brace to stop it for hurting when I workout?

Knee Brace: Wearing a pull up. Knee brace may be helpful during work out. A knee pad is used if you are kneeling on it. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on the type of knee brace that should be bought for injuries and support related to knock knees?

Unloading: Yes. The scientific name for "knock knees" is genu valgum. There are braces known as "offloading" braces that can help with the increased mechanical load placed on the inner knee. If it is severe, a high tibial osteotimy is another option that is pretty successful. ...Read more

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What type of knee brace should you wear and for how long after microfracture surgery?

What type of knee brace should you wear and for how long after microfracture surgery?

Microfracture: It depends upon the joint stability and the extent/location of the microfracture. Bracing or activity modification may help in the first 6 weeks, check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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My knees buckle and feels weak a lot too. Would a knee brace help stop my knee giving out?

My knees buckle and feels weak a lot too. Would a knee brace help stop my knee giving out?

Unlikely: Knee buckling/weakness is not a sign of knee problems. The knee is naturally designed to buckle/bend. The muscles and nerves that control the muscles keep the leg straight at the knee. Braces do not replace or improve the muscles or nerves. Without a specific knee injury, knee swelling, knee locking, this problem is unlikely a knee pathology and therefore, a knee brace will not help. ...Read more

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I sprained my knee and was given a knee brace. Would a smaller knee brace and or ace bandage be as affective so I can work in.

I sprained my knee and was given a knee brace. Would a smaller knee brace and or ace bandage be as affective so I can work in.

Maybe: It depends if you're on your feet and walking a lot at work. Which would be better, although it's counter-intuitive. If you sit at a desk. Or stand in one place, wear the bigger brace. People will understand. Ask your doctor to write a letter just in case. ...Read more

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I got fitted for a Deroyal telescoping knee brace today. Nurse was very rough smashing on my knee inscision a. I'm in so much pain now. What do I do?

I got fitted for a Deroyal telescoping knee brace today. Nurse was very rough smashing on my knee inscision a. I'm in so much pain now. What do I do?

Apply Ice: After surgery and with the fitting of a brace which has caused pain, one should elevate and apply ice. Take medications ordered by your physician or NSAIDS like Ibuprofen or Naproxen as directed. If the pain persists or worsens call or see your Orthopedic surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I wear a knee brace when returning to soccer after ACL injury?

Should I wear a knee brace when returning to soccer after ACL injury?

Depends: Many sports physicians do recommend a custom acl brace when returning to soccer after acl injury. It often depends on the severity of the injury and whether or not there was any other associated injury. Many athletes find them cumbersome and when they get their confidence no longer use them. ...Read more

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What's a good over-the-counter knee brace to help in knee aches or knee tendonitis?

What's a good over-the-counter knee brace to help in knee aches or knee tendonitis?

Simplest?: The most simple answer is a cho-pat strap, which can be found online. More sophisticated devices need proper fitting. ...Read more

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I work in a place with a lot of stairs, I have patellar tendonitis, should I wear a knee brace? And if so what kind should I get?

Strengthen knee: Strengthening of quadriceps muscle would more likely solve the problem. Brace may work, but would be required from then on, as allows muscles to become even weaker and worsen instability. ...Read more

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Can I play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

Can I play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

No: I would strongly suggest that the tear be repaired and your post-op healing and rehab be complete before returning to the gridiron. ...Read more

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Can I play basketball with a torn ACL if I wear a knee brace?

Yes and no: This means you could play but you are taking a risk of further damaging the knee more. ...Read more

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Would I need to get a knee brace after a tabial plateau fracture?

Would I need to get a knee brace after a tabial plateau fracture?

May be of benefit: It is quite common for one to receive a brace following a fracture of that type. Your physician can let you know if a brace is right for you. ...Read more

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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more