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Different foot supports have different purposes and this is why it’s important to take the time to understand more about your injury / condition and its severity so that you can identify a brace which will offer the greatest set of benefits.
Are you looking for foot supports that will provide immobilisation following surgery, something that will protect an injury or maybe something to manage a pre existing issue or condition?
The options can seem endless but at the Össur Webshop we are here to help, so if you are unsure which foot supports will work best then you can chat to us online, drop us an email or even just pick up the phone and speak to a member of our team. All of our foot supports and walker boots are NHS recommended.
The motion of the foot is controlled by the ankle joint and numerous other structures such as muscle and tendons. The achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel. When these muscles contract they pull the tendon and lift the heel, allowing for locomotion. At the front of the leg, running down the shin, is a muscle which works to lift foot upward at the toes. The function of this muscle can be affected by muscle weakness or nerve problems following a stroke. If this muscle doesn’t function correctly it can cause the foot to drag during walking, this condition is known as foot drop.
Foot Supports: For those suffering with foot drop, a condition where a patient has trouble lifting their foot when walking, foot supports are designed to do one thing, stop your foot from dropping so that you reduce the risk of tripping. Examples include the extremely popular Foot-Up which works by attaching your ankle to your shoe or foot, depending on which option you select.
Walker Boots: As the name suggests it’s a boot that allows you to walk, unlike casting which will leave you on crutches for the duration of the healing process. Following ankle surgery, foot injuries or achilles tendon damage orthopedic walker boots are often prescribed. The Rebound® Air Walker incorporates an inflatable bladder within its rigid shell to offer maximum protection to the foot.
Night Splints: Sometimes you need to wear a brace at night, such as when suffering from plantar fasciitis, and is designed to keep your foot and ankle totally immobilised whilst asleep.