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Do different sports require different types of ankle braces?

Do different sports require different types of ankle braces?

No: There is ongoing controversy as to whether taping or bracing is more effective. The arguments are that taping is custom and better fitting but stretches out rapidly. Braces are generic but can be easily adjusted a d tightened as needed. If you have access to a professional trainer i recommend tape. If not, bracing is more reliable. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Orthotics (Definition)

A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both. Examples of orthotics are plastic ankle braces to aid recovery from an ankle sprain, arched insoles to support flat feet, ankle-foot braces to help kids with cerebral ...Read more


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Do I need different kinds of orthotics made depending on my sport?

Do I need different kinds of orthotics made depending on my sport?

Commonly, yes: Most labs provide sport specific orthotics. I believe that neutral foot position is neutral foot position and therefore use a device that i believe keeps the foot in neutral reguardless of activity. So the answer is no. The right orthotic works to keep the foot functional in a variety of positions reguardless of activity. ...Read more

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What are some different wrist strengthening exercises?

What are some different wrist strengthening exercises?

Light weights: Use light weights - as low as 1 lb., build over weeks to max 10 lbs. Do 10 "reps" (1 set) of wrist flexion -palm up, relaxed, curl your hand closed continuing as far toward the crook of your elbow as possible. Do to count of a slow 1, 2, 3 with 1, 2, 3 for reverse movement. Rest between sets for 3 sets. Palm down, gripping weight, bend wrist again toward crook of elbow for 3 sets of 10 .Reps. ...Read more

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What are some different types of wrist rehabilitation?

What are some different types of wrist rehabilitation?

Various: The types of rehabilitation will depend on the nature and extent of your injury. Physical therapy, home exercise therapy are some examples of rehabilitation techniques. Physical therapy will focus on the range of motion, thermal methods, ultrasound application, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy activities are common after ACL surgery?

What kind of physical therapy activities are common after ACL surgery?

ROM/Strength: The first things to do will be to begin range of motion exercises. Then there will be strengthening exercises. This is very important to begin to get you back to as normal or better than your were. Work with your therapist and work hard. ...Read more

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How many different types of knee injuries can you get?

How many different types of knee injuries can you get?

Dozens.: There are various tendinitis, bursa inflammation, sprains, strains, ligament tears, meniscal tears and fractures, just to name a few. ...Read more

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What are the important aspects of athletic shoes for avoiding foot injuries?

What are the important aspects of athletic shoes for avoiding foot injuries?

See below: Good fit is the main thing. Make sure the shoe is supportive but has plenty of toe room and width to accommodate your foot ...Read more

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Occupational therapy: what kinds of activities are being helped?

Occupational therapy:  what kinds of activities are being helped?

Upper Extremity: An occupational therapist works on disorders of the upper extremity only. You can think of them as a physical therapist that focuses only on the upper extremities, whereas a physical therapist can treat the entire body. ...Read more

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Biceps tendonitis, what type of physical therapy exercises are effective in treatment?

Biceps tendonitis, what type of physical therapy exercises are effective in treatment?

Stretching: The key exercises for biceps tendonitis are stretching, gentle strengthening and modalities or treatments to decrease inflammation like estim and ultrasound. ...Read more

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How many people wear custom made vs scholls orthotics?

How many people wear custom made vs scholls orthotics?

A few: Some people have tried over-the-counter arch supports, and may find they meet their needs and not want more. Others have tried a few types and they might not have helped. Like no one eyeglass prescription fits all, neither do arch supports. See a podiatrist to see what's best for your need. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of sports massage therapy for athletes?

What are the benefits of sports massage therapy for athletes?

Loosening tight musc: It. Loosens tight muscles, aids with spasm, relaxes you, etc. Muscles glide on fascia, a slippery connective tissue, which also can become irritated or inflammed. It helps this as well. Finally, painful muscle, when pressed hard at the point of pain (called acupressure) will alleviate the pain afterwards and prevent spasm! ...Read more

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How are custom foot orthoses helpful for jogging?

How are custom foot orthoses helpful for jogging?

They're not: An orthotic or any other type of brace is an appliance that should be used to treat a specific condition. It is not necessary for a normal healthy foot and there is no evidence that it reduces foot injuries in athletics. ...Read more

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What are some types of cardio intensive workouts?

What are some types of cardio intensive workouts?

Any activity that...: Gets your heart rate to 75+ % of your heart rate max (220-age in years) for 30 minutes or more. While not usually considered cardio-circuit weight training can do this. But running, cycling, and many other activities can do this. A heart rate monitor is needed if you are serious. Three x per week at least! ...Read more

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What type of orthotics are helpful?

Custom orthotics: Custom orthotics ususlly work best. A podiatrist can do a exam and determine you prescription and what type of custom orthotics would best fit your needs. ...Read more

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What are some methods to deal with different types of foot and ankle tendonitis?

What are some methods to deal with different types of foot and ankle tendonitis?

A few things: There are numerous tendons in the foot, so not all tendon issues are treated exactly the same. Foot supports and bracing, antiinflammatories, physical therapy, injections are employed. See a podiatrist for more specific treatment guidelines for your needs. ...Read more

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What physical therapy techniques are used in ankle injuries?

What physical therapy techniques are used in ankle injuries?

Many: Ice and elevation is paramount. Then rest, compression and crutches. Following this, gentle stretching, and proprioception exercises are used. Good taping and strapping are improtant. Proper immobilizaiton will be use. Other modalities may be used but these are the main ones. ...Read more

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How can you determine the different types of knee injuries?

How can you determine the different types of knee injuries?

Difficult to answer : This question, unfortunately, can not be simply answered in the space allowed here. There are many types of knee injuries affecting bone, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the lining of the knee. Determining the cause requires training and experience and a variety of possible testing modalities like x-ray, mri, ct and ultrasound. ...Read more

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What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

Fracture: If you have an ankle fracture i would not do any physical therapy exercises until the cast or boot is removed and fracture healing is observed on x-ray. ...Read more

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