FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I buy ankle braces and foot orthotics?
We have a full selection of orthopedic ankle braces in our orthopedic products collection. We offer a wide variety of products including heel pillows, heel protectors, hammer toe straighteners, heel lift inserts, and post-operative shoes. Ask your doctor to recommend a specific type of orthopedic product and then head over to our collection to find what you need.
Are ankle braces adjustable? How do I know which size ankle brace to buy?
Yes, ankle braces are generally adjustable. You can make them tighter or looser on your leg but usually, they are made for a specific shoe size or ankle circumference. So make sure to get the right one for your size. To find out the best size consult the size chart for the product that you are looking for.
Can I use the same insoles for all of my shoes?
Yes, you can use the same pair of insoles for all of your shoes. Just make sure that your shoes are all the same sizes and make sure to buy a top-notch insole. Also, most insoles can be trimmed in the front and made to fit any sized shoe. When using insoles make sure to take out the shoe's existing sole, otherwise, the insoles won't fit right. And if you have a serious condition with medium to severe symptoms it's always a good idea to speak to your doctor to help you choose the right insole.
What is a heel lift?
Heel lifts (also called shoe inserts) are an orthopedic product that is used to rehabilitate your feet after an injury. They provide a fairly simple and inexpensive way to treat various conditions that affect the tendons. The purpose of heel lifts is not to absorb shock but rather to raise one foot in order to shift the balance and change the gait of the patient. Heel inserts are usually used to alleviate leg-length differences that lead to back, knee, and hip pain. Heel lifts alleviate these symptoms by decreasing the pressure on the Achilles' tendon. When used correctly, the effect of a good heel lift is a restoration of normal contour, muscle tone, and gait.
Can orthotics cause foot pain or numbness?
Yes, foot orthotics can actually cause foot pain and lead to a weakening of your feet, ankles, and knees. Because of this, purchasing orthotic inserts made correctly to perfectly fit your foot is a very good idea. Custom-designed orthotics may cause some short-term pain or discomfort as your body adjusts to them but are ultimately designed to help alleviate pain and other symptoms.
How do plantar fasciitis braces work?
Plantar fasciitis braces (also called night splints) help against a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The device keeps your foot flexed in a gentle stretch, while you sleep, in order to alleviate morning pains from the condition. Several studies show that wearing a night splint significantly reduces the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. The treatment is made even more effective when used with a combination of orthotic inserts, stretching, and icing during the day.
Wearing a night splint can improve your circulation and blood flow, can help break up adhesions and scar tissue, and speed up the healing process while you sleep. There are two types of night splints - the more traditional (and harder) splints and the softer sock splints. The advantage of using sock splints is that they are more flexible and work better for people with mild to moderate plantar fasciitis symptoms.
What are ankle compression socks used for?
Ankle compression socks put pressure on the veins in your legs and feet. This can help keep your legs from getting tired and achy, can ease any swelling, and prevent and treat spider and varicose veins. It relaxes your muscles and even helps your heart health as your blood flow improves. It can also diminish dizziness when you stand up. The only drawback of wearing compression socks is that they may cause skin irritation and itching.
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