Braces & Supports

Orthopaedic braces and sports supports are widely used for ankle sprains and knee ligament injuries in sport. They provide compression, support and joint stability and often help alleviate joint pain in sports injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis.

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  • Aircast A60 Ankle Support Black
    Aircast A60 Ankle Support Black
    Aircast A60 Ankle Support Black
  • Aircast A60 Ankle Support White
    Aircast A60 Ankle Support White
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    Aircast A60 Ankle Support White
  • Serola Biomechanics Sacroiliac (SI) Belt
    Serola Biomechanics Sacroiliac (SI) Belt
    Serola Biomechanics Sacroiliac (SI) Belt
  • DonJoy - DJO Global Reaction Web Knee Brace
    DonJoy - DJO Global Reaction Web Knee Brace
    DonJoy - DJO Global Reaction Web Knee Brace
  • Aircast AirHeel Plantar Fasciitis Support
    Aircast AirHeel Plantar Fasciitis Support
    Aircast AirHeel Plantar Fasciitis Support
  • Aircast Tube Stretch Sock
    Aircast Tube Stretch Sock
    Aircast Tube Stretch Sock
  • Aircast AirSport / Airgo Ankle Brace
    Aircast AirSport / Airgo Ankle Brace
    Aircast AirSport / Airgo Ankle Brace
  • ORTHLAB Night Splint Sock
    ORTHLAB Night Splint Sock
    ORTHLAB Night Splint Sock
  • Men's CORETECHInjury Recovery and Prevention Compression Shorts
    Men's CORETECHInjury Recovery and Prevention Compression Shorts
    Men's CORETECHInjury Recovery and Prevention Compression Shorts
  • Aircast AirSelect Short Walker Boot
    Aircast AirSelect Short Walker Boot
    Aircast AirSelect Short Walker Boot
  • Aircast AirSelect Elite Walker Boot
    Aircast AirSelect Elite Walker Boot
    Aircast AirSelect Elite Walker Boot
  • Vivomed Thumb Spica
    Vivomed Thumb Spica
    Vivomed Thumb Spica
  • Drytex - DJO Global Deluxe Hinged Knee Wrap
    Drytex - DJO Global Deluxe Hinged Knee Wrap
    Drytex - DJO Global Deluxe Hinged Knee Wrap
  • Actimove Gauntlet - Professional Line - wrist and thumb stabiliser
    Actimove Gauntlet - Professional Line - wrist and thumb stabiliser
    Actimove Gauntlet - Professional Line - wrist and thumb stabiliser
  • Women's CORETECHPostpartum, Injury Recovery and Prevention Compression Shorts
    Women's CORETECHPostpartum, Injury Recovery and Prevention Compression Shorts
    Women's CORETECHPostpartum, Injury Recovery and Prevention Compression Shorts
  • AirLift PTTD Brace for flat foot or collapsed arches
    AirLift PTTD Brace for flat foot or collapsed arches
    AirLift PTTD Brace for flat foot or collapsed arches
  • Mueller ATF 2 Ankle Brace
    Mueller ATF 2 Ankle Brace
    Mueller ATF 2 Ankle Brace
  • Mueller Jumpers Knee Strap
    Mueller Jumpers Knee Strap
    Mueller Jumpers Knee Strap
  • Mueller Adjustable Back Brace - one size
    Mueller Adjustable Back Brace - one size
    Mueller Adjustable Back Brace - one size
  • DonJoy - DJO Global Sully Shoulder Brace
    DonJoy - DJO Global Sully Shoulder Brace
    DonJoy - DJO Global Sully Shoulder Brace
Sports Braces, Medical and Orthopaedic Supports
Sports Braces, Medical and Orthopaedic Supports
Support bracing has now become a huge worldwide industry.
Braces tend to be used for a variety of medical conditions and are designed for different degrees of support or protection.
The concept of bracing is primarily concerned with giving support structurally, functionally or for re-positioning and stabilisation of the joints.
Generally, support braces or splints are used in the field of orthopedics as a result of ageing, in conditions such as osteoarthritis, due to traumatic injuries, or in sports injuries were they may be used to treat an injury.
In some cases, such as ankle braces and knee braces, supports are often used to prevent injury, or with pre-existing sports injuries to prevent a recurrence of the knee or ankle injury.Tennis player Andy Murray regularly wears ankle support to prevent ankle sprains during matches.
Since the sciences of sports taping and bracing or splinting of joints have the same treatment aims, the design of ankle braces or knee supports very often follow the techniques used with sports tape. So, for example, you can get a PSB Ankle Brace 8 which is designed to follow the figure of 8 technique used in Athletic Taping.
Other ankle braces will have a splint which is equivalent to a Stirrup of zinc oxide tape used in the basket weave technique, while knee taping uses the sports tape to form similar attachment splints, both medially and laterally on the knee joint to support the collateral ligaments.
While sports braces often use athletic taping as the template for the design of supports, braces which are not used in sport may simply be designed for compression or created with a much more complex structure.
How to choose a brace or support?
Firstly, it is important that you take advice before opting to buy an brace or support. In some cases the restrictions created by enveloping the joint in a brace may not be what's indicated. Simple ankle sprains, for example, may simply require rest, ice, elevation and compression with a tubular bandage, and once the ankle pain and swelling have subsided a programme of active rehabilitation where the muscles are exercised.
However, when a brace is indicated, the level of compression and mechanical support must be assessed.
For minor sprains or low level pain, where it is only necessary to apply compression to a joint, the choice of a lower level support may be appropriate. This may be a neoprene sleeve or an ankle support such as The Push Care ankle brace. While this style of support will not offer any mechanical or functional bracing element, they offer compression and heat around a joint which many patients and athletes find helpful. It is no surprise that knee supports are most commonly seen in marathon runners where they offer a sense of psychological support alongside the physiological compression.
The choice of a functional or mechanical brace, is more complex. If it is a sports brace, for example, it is important that it is not too bulky. What sport is it for? Do Governing Body's allow bracing?
On the ski slopes you'll see a collection of ski knee braces or wrist and thumb braces because of the vulnerability of these joints during skiing, while in professional Rugby players tend to use zinc oxide tape such as Strappal and Leukotape P for mechanical support of the knee or ankle.
Sports braces tend to be used in amateur sports where taping techniques may not be widely known. A good fitting knee or ankle support will offer greater stability than inexpertly applied sport tape.
Choice of bracing in arthritis and hospital led orthopaedics will largely be determined by consultants and specialized physiotherapists, but with NHS constraints the quality of braces offered by the British Health Service is not reflective of the range of professional medical braces available to patients.
A chartered physiotherapist in Private Practice will be able to offer to advise to patients with regards to appropriate choices for orthopaedic supports.
  • Great belt!

    I have Spondylolistheses at the base of the spine and Sacro Iliac problems. Been wearing the Serola belt for a few days now and it`s great!, reduces pain considerably. I wouldn`t have believed a belt could make such an improvement!

    Allan

  • Fantastic brace

    I had sprained my thumb and it was very painful. This brace keeps my thumb nice and snug out of harms way without being in the way for any task such as typing etc. Would recommend it to anyone.

    E Reeves (GB)

  • Really fast delivery and the product…

    Really fast delivery and the product looks as though it will really support my ankle on holiday. I have tried it on but due to a broken ankle my leg is still a bit too swollen for it to feel comfortable. But I’m two weeks time I am hoping it will give me the confidence to walk properly

    Caralyn Duignan (GB)

  • I am extremely pleased with your…

    I am extremely pleased with your service and the Serola belt is excellent. Thank you so much.

    Ian Foxcroft (GB)

  • I bought knee band with in 24hrs dpd…

    I bought knee band with in 24hrs dpd had it delivered great service my partner had knee operation 2 year ago have a old knee band which had its work done it was great to get a new 1

    Joe Abbott (IE)

  • Great belt!

    I have Spondylolistheses at the base of the spine and Sacro Iliac problems. Been wearing the Serola belt for a few days now and it`s great!, reduces pain considerably. I wouldn`t have believed a belt could make such an improvement!

    Allan

  • Fantastic brace

    I had sprained my thumb and it was very painful. This brace keeps my thumb nice and snug out of harms way without being in the way for any task such as typing etc. Would recommend it to anyone.

    E Reeves (GB)

  • Really fast delivery and the product…

    Really fast delivery and the product looks as though it will really support my ankle on holiday. I have tried it on but due to a broken ankle my leg is still a bit too swollen for it to feel comfortable. But I’m two weeks time I am hoping it will give me the confidence to walk properly

    Caralyn Duignan (GB)

  • I am extremely pleased with your…

    I am extremely pleased with your service and the Serola belt is excellent. Thank you so much.

    Ian Foxcroft (GB)

  • I bought knee band with in 24hrs dpd…

    I bought knee band with in 24hrs dpd had it delivered great service my partner had knee operation 2 year ago have a old knee band which had its work done it was great to get a new 1

    Joe Abbott (IE)

Excellent 4.6 out of 5