Many people use ankle braces and knee braces. There are several health benefits of using ankle braces and knee braces and we use them for that purpose. Athletes (as well as footballers) most commonly use ankle braces and knee braces.
Benefits of using ankle braces:
Ankle braces help in keeping our ankles in good condition and help in preventing sports related ankle injuries. If you want to perform better in sport, you must keep your ankles in good shape and ankle brace can be one of the most important equipment in doing so. Ankle braces can help you maintain good posture and give you comfort you need for better performance. There are different types and qualities of ankle braces available and many are of high quality and durable. It helps in decreasing pressure to the ankle joints and prevents swelling. It also helps to absorb extra pressure that may be put on toes and heels during playing.
Health benefits of knee braces:
Knee braces such as DonJoy knee braces have several health benefits. The most important benefit is prophylactic benefits, i.e. it helps in preventing knee injuries, especially during power sports such as playing football. Knee braces helps in preventing various injuries to knees such as injuries to various ligaments present in knee (i.e. anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, posterior cruciate ligament or PCL, medial collateral ligament or MCL etc.). These ligaments are important for stability of knee joints.
Knee braces are also used for management of arthritis of knee. Knee joint is weight bearing joint and required for various movements such as walking, running, jumping, squatting, kneeling and rising from sitting position to standing position, hence commonly involved in arthritis. Overuse and misalignment of knee joints (due to injury to ligaments and various other causes) causes degenerative changes and lead to development of arthritis. Knee braces by helping in preventing injuries to knees help in preventing arthritis.
There are various types of knee braces such as prophylactic knee braces (used for preventing sports related injuries), functional knee braces (used for providing support to already injured knee), unloader/offloader knee braces (used in arthritis for pain relief) and rehabilitative knee braces (used after surgery in knee to prevent harmful knee movements).
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