Braces & Supports

  • Prevalon Heel Protector I Heel Protection Boot Sage Products 7305

    Prevalon

    Prevalon Heel Protector I Black Heel Protection Boot

    Package Count: 8. Heels are a vulnerable area for bedsores, also known as pressure injuries. Prevalon Heel Protector II keeps the heel off the mattress to relieve pressure for individuals spending a lot of time in bed. Soft, adjustable straps position...

    $636.30
  • Hermell Products Heel Protector Hermell Products HP8250

    Hermell Products

    Hermell Products Blue Heel Protector

    The Hermell Products heel protector pad is useful for preventing tissue breakdown. These pillows help to reduce friction and protect against bed sores by relieving pressure on the heel. The Hermell heel protector is one size fit all with an open toe...

    $12.99
  • McKesson Esmark Compression Bandage McKesson Brand 16-50412

    McKesson

    McKesson Sterile Blue Esmark Compression Bandage, 4 Inch X 4 Yard

    An esmark compression bandage is used prior to turning the tourniquet on before surgery. Once it used to expel venous blood from a limb (exsanguinate) that has had its arterial supply cut off by a tourniquet, it is removed so the extremity can be prepped...

    Starting at $6.99
  • McKesson Esmark Compression Bandage McKesson Brand 16-50612

    McKesson

    McKesson Sterile Blue Esmark Compression Bandage, 6 Inch X 4 Yard

    An esmark compression bandage is used prior to turning the tourniquet on before surgery. Once it is used to expel venous blood from a limb (exsanguinate) that has had its arterial supply cut off by a tourniquet, it is removed so the extremity can be...

    Starting at $6.99
  • Stifneck Select Extrication Cervical Collar Laerdal Medical 980012

    Stifneck Select

    Stifneck Select Olive Green Extrication Cervical Collar

    An extrication collar is a specific type of cervical collar used to immobilize the spine after a potentially serious injury caused by, for example, a car accident or a collision on the playing field. In other words, the injured person can be safely...

    $9.99
  • DMI Overdoor Cervical Traction Kit Mabis Healthcare 534-2014-0000

    DMI

    DMI White Overdoor Cervical Traction Kit

    Set includes: pulleys, traction rope, notched adjustable spreader bar, head halter, S-hook and vinyl water bag with graduated scale up to 20 lbs.One size foam padded head halter with hook-and-loop adjustment fits most adults Over door

    $27.99
  • Apollo Universal Wrist Brace Breg 10057

    Apollo Universal

    Apollo Universal Black Wrist Brace, for Right Hand

    Apollo universal wrist brace wrist immobilization is indicated for sprains and strains and carpal tunnel syndrome.Immobilize wrist without losing use of hand Contoured palmer stay is malleable while the dorsal stay can be positioned where desirable...

    $36.99
  • ProFlex 1650 Back Support Ergodyne 11094

    ProFlex 1650

    ProFlex 1650 Black Back Support Adult 34 to 38 Inch

    The ProFlex® 1650 Economy Elastic Back is an all elastic 7½-inch body for extra firm support. Designed to remind workers of proper lifting techniques while also enhancing the body's intra-abdominal pressure, moving the stress away from the spine for back...

    $17.99
  • DARCO Night Splint Darco International NS3B

    Darco

    DARCO Night Splint, for Either Foot Adult Large

    Treat your plantar fasciitis while you sleep with a Darco pneumatic night splint. This plantar fasciitis night splint provides a gentle, sustained stretch to the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon with the easy-to-use integrated air system. Designed to...

    $49.94

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.