Braces & Supports

  • sunmark Lamb's Wool Padding Aetna Felt Corporation 01093904233

    Sunmark

    sunmark Lamb's Wool Padding Adult

    100% lamb's wool protects tender areas between toes and soft corns. It separates toes to relieve pressure while allowing air to reach affected parts.Separates toes to relieve pressure while allowing air to reach affected parts For corns on top of toes,...

    $12.35
  • Sam Finger Splint The Seaberg Company SP510-OB-EN

    Sam

    Sam Blue / Orange Finger Splint

    Touting unrivaled flexibility, SAM finger splint bends into any simple curve, becoming exponentially stronger and more supportive. SAM Splint is globally acclaimed by emergency care providers, outdoor enthusiasts, the U.S. military and even NASA...

    $8.87
  • Green Drop Compression Socks Green Drop Compression LLC SOX-1454

    Green Drop

    Green Drop Compression Socks - Medical-Grade Infused Support

    Being active is your passion. Being sidelined by soreness, aches and pains is your nightmare. That’s why active people like you choose Green Drop Compression Socks. Only Green Drop infuses high-performance compression material and tapes with a unique...

    $24.99
  • Green Drop Elbow Support Green Drop Compression LLC ELB-1450

    Green Drop

    Green Drop Elbow Brace - Infused Compression Sleeve

    Being active is your passion. Being sidelined by soreness, aches and pains is your nightmare. That’s why active people like you choose Green Drop Compression Sleeves. Only Green Drop infuses high-performance compression material and tapes with a unique...

    $19.99
  • Green Drop Knee Support Green Drop Compression LLC KNE-1452

    Green Drop

    Green Drop Knee Compression Sleeve - Infused Injury Support

    Being active is your passion. Being sidelined by soreness, aches and pains is your nightmare. That’s why active people like you choose Green Drop Compression Sleeves. Only Green Drop infuses high-performance compression material and tapes with a unique...

    $19.99
  • Green Drop Kinesiology Tape Green Drop Compression LLC KIN-1456

    Green Drop

    Green Drop Pre-Cut Black Kinesiology Tape

    Being active is your passion. Being sidelined by soreness, aches and pains is your nightmare. That’s why active people like you choose Green Drop Kinesiology Tape. Only Green Drop infuses high-performance compression material and tapes with a unique...

    $19.99
  • HeelWedge Post-Op Shoe Darco International HQ1B

    HeelWedge

    HeelWedge Post-Op Shoe Small

    Darco's HeelWedge is clinically proven to reduce weight bearing pressure on the heel by shifting weight to the mid and forefoot promotes faster healing after surgery, trauma or when forefoot wounds or ulcerations are present. This post-op shoe is made of...

    $38.58
  • Hapad Metatarsal Bar Hapad MBM

    Hapad

    Hapad Metatarsal Bar, for the Foot Medium

    This metatarsal bar supports the entire metatarsal arch. Use it when pain, pressure or irritations extend into the big or little toe area. Locate the painful callus or sore spot on the bottom of the foot and determine on what part of the insole of the...

    $15.70
  • ProFlex Knee Sleeve Ergodyne 16535

    ProFlex

    ProFlex X-Large Knee Sleeve, X-Large

    Breathable, comfortable, durable and flexible for all-day wear, knee sleeve does not limit range of motion. It's made of perforated neoprene and spandex mesh. Slip it on to support your painful knee joint: It reduces pain by improving blood flow and...

    $13.99
  • FLA Orthopedics Standard Back Support BSN Medical 31-208SMSTD

    FLA

    FLA Orthopedics Standard White Back Support Adult

    Lumbar sacral support with abdominal belt stabilizes and supports the lumbar sacral and abdominal regions to help provide relief from lower back pain and discomfort. Use for occasional or chronic lower back pain, muscle strain, lumbar sprain/strains or...

    $28.50
  • ProLite Airflow Wrist Brace with Abducted Thumb BSN Medical 7571852

    ProLite Airflow

    ProLite Airflow Black Wrist Brace with Abducted Thumb, for Left Hand

    Need to brace your wrist and/or thumb but the idea of a splint leaves you wondering if your wrist will be sweaty and feel smothered? This ProLite Airflow brace has breathable mesh material promotes airflow and wicks moisture away from the skin for...

    Starting at $28.74

Braces & Supports

Braces and supports are simple, low-tech medical devices designed to be worn after an injury. Their purpose is to immobilize, partially immobilize, stabilize, realign, or support specific body parts, often to facilitate healing or relieve pain. In addition, braces and supports treat joint-related problems and work for some muscular or skeletal issues, such as during a fracture or muscle tear. 

What's the Difference Between a Brace and a Support?

Although many use these two terms interchangeably, braces are more rigid and should immobilize or severely limit the motion of a joint. Supports are softer and more flexible, providing stability rather than immobilization.

What Conditions Are Braces and Supports Used For?

Some of the most common conditions that can benefit from supports or braces include:
  • Sprains and strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the tendon in the sole)
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis (an inflammatory condition of the thumb)
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Runner’s knee
  • ACL or MCL injuries (injuries to the tendons in the knee)
  • Meniscus tear (an injury to the cartilage within the knee)
  • Herniated disks
  • Tendonitis
Your doctor may also prescribe a brace after orthopedic surgery or to secure fractures.

Braces and Supports for Preventing Injury

Braces and supports can also help prevent injuries, especially for athletes and seniors. Athletes are at risk for sports-related injuries such as sprains, strains, and ligament tears. Using appropriate support can reduce the risk of new injuries and the likelihood of reinjury after recovery. Lightweight wrist supports, knee supports, leg supports, and arm supports can be beneficial for athletes who want to protect themselves without restricting their movement.

Seniors are also at risk for musculoskeletal disorders, thanks in part to a lifetime of everyday wear and tear. Connective tissue weakens and loses elasticity with age, bones become more fragile, and muscles lose mass. All of this makes acute injury and repetitive use problems such as osteoarthritis more likely. When used correctly, braces and supports can help reduce the chance of injury and improve mobility for some. 

Things to Keep in Mind when Shopping for Supports or Braces

When selecting the best brace or support for your needs, there are several important points to consider:

Level of support.Some conditions may require only mild support, such as a compression sleeve, while others may call for moderate or rigid support. Some braces allow you to adjust the amount of support. Be sure to choose the correct level of support for your needs.

Size.To work properly, a supportive brace must fit snugly but not too tightly. Some braces and supports may be adjustable to fit different shapes and sizes of the body, while others may come in multiple sizes.

Material.The best support should be lightweight but durable. Too much weight or bulk can be cumbersome, and heavy materials can be hot and uncomfortable. Look for breathable materials and a low profile for the most comfortable experience.