Heel, Elbow Braces & Supports
Heel, Elbow Braces & SupportsElbow braces are wearable medical devices that limit the movement of and provide support to the elbow joint. An elbow brace or support is a common recommendation for those recovering from an acute elbow injury or for people suffering from chronic elbow pain due to a repetitive use injury. Some athletes find that wearing elbow supports helps protect them from injury or re-injury.
Common Conditions that Might Require an Elbow BraceWhile an elbow brace might be necessary during recovery from some orthopedic surgeries, they typically are for minor injuries. Common reasons for wearing an elbow brace or support include:
- Tendonitis - This is a repetitive strain injury involving one or more of the tendons located at the elbow.
- Tennis or golfer's eblox - These are repetitive strain injuries causing pain on the outer (tennis elbow) or inner (golfer’s elbow) side of the elbow.
- Osteoarthritiss - This is a painful condition involving the breakdown of the cartilage covering the joint surfaces.
- Bursitis - Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac that cushions the joint.
- Strains and sprains - These are acute injuries to the tendons (strain) or ligaments (sprain) of the joint.
- Hyperextended elbow - Hyperextension occurs when the elbow is pushed past its normal range of motion and causes the joint to become unstable.
Types of Elbow BracesThere are a variety of elbow braces available for different needs, such as:
- Compression sleeves are made of durable elastic fabric such as spandex and provide light support. They gently compress the entire joint and allow a full range of motion. Compression sleeves may be useful for arthritis pain relief, sprains and strains, or sports support to prevent injury.
- Elbow straps are adjustable and provide varying levels of support. They consist of a solid strap made of neoprene or similar material and usually have a Velcro closure. They are worn on the forearm directly below the elbow and put pressure on the tendons inside and outside the elbow. Elbow straps are appropriate for tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and other forms of elbow tendonitis. They are commonly used for elbow support during sports, as well.
- Semi-rigid elbow braces. These consist of a sleeve that extends from the lower bicep to the upper forearm like compression sleeves. However, they are made of sturdier material. They include heavyweight adjustable straps on both ends for adjusting the level of support and extra padding and compression over the point of the elbow. This type of brace is appropriate for bursitis, hyperextended elbow, and sprains and strains.
- Hinged elbow brace. This is a rigid type of elbow brace that is hinged at the joint. It severely limits the joint’s range of motion and may be appropriate after surgery or for more severe cases of hyperextension.
Elbow and Heel SupportsAnother type of support is the elbow and heel protector. Elbow and heel protectors are available in padded sleeve form and as strap-on protective pads and can be used interchangeably. While the sleeve-type protector does provide some light support, the primary purpose is to protect the skin at the elbow from pressure sores.
Simply Medical offers many types of heel and elbow supports to fit your needs. Explore all our options and order online for convenient home delivery.