CUSTOM KNEE BRACING TORONTO
At Matrix Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists are trained to recommend and fit the proper custom knee brace for your specific injury or post-operative needs. Our therapists will use specialized instruments to take precise measurements of your leg to ensure the best fit possible.
Custom Knee Braces are made specifically for you. Your leg is measured through precise instruments and a brace made of a composite of materials will be used to form your custom brace allowing it to be supportive, lightweight and most importantly, functional in your daily activities. The custom knee braces are suitable based on your assessment and your need. Generally, knee ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), instabilities and knee osteoarthritis can benefit.
As a leader in custom knee bracing in Toronto, we are also a provider of DONJOY/ BREG knee braces which are made of various light weight composite materials, are comfortable to wear, and provide support and functionality with everyday activities or sports-specific needs. Knee braces are beneficial for many knee ligament injuries or osteoarthritis conditions.At Matrix Physiotherapy, all our physiotherapists have received training to recommend and fit custom knee braces for your specific condition. We are able to measure and tailor braces for many conditions.
SPLINTS AND BRACES
There are various support splints and braces for Toronto customers that can be beneficial in helping with injury recovery for the purposes of joint stabilization, reducing swelling and inflammation, or promoting muscle/tendon flexibility.
Casts and splints are orthopedic devices that are used to protect and support fractured or injured bones and joints. They help to immobilize the injured limb to keep the bone in place until it fully heals. Casts differ from splints because they provide more support and protection for a limb that is injured or broken. They are made from materials like plaster or fiberglass that can be easily molded to the shape of the injured arm or leg.
Splints, also known as half-casts, provide less support than casts, but are faster and easier to use. They also can be tightened or loosened easily if the swelling in the arm or leg increases or decreases. Ready-made or off-the-shelf splints are available in many different sizes and shapes. In some cases, custom-designed splints must be used. Velcro straps make it easier for the patient or health care provider to put the splint on or take it off.
Casts and splints support and protect injured bones and soft tissue. When you break a bone, your doctor will put the pieces back together in the right position. Casts and splints hold the bones in place while they heal. They also reduce pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.
In some cases, splints and casts are applied following surgery. Casts and splints are used when a bone is fractured (broken). They can also be used following orthopedic surgery. Sometimes splints are used immediately following an injury due to swelling of the affected area. After the swelling goes down, then a full cast might be applied to the injured limb.
A cast might have to be replaced during the healing process if the injured area becomes less swollen and the cast gets looser. In that case, the cast might be replaced with a splint to provide more freedom of movement.
Splints or “half-casts” provide less support than casts. However, splints can be adjusted to accommodate swelling from injuries easier than enclosed casts. Your doctor will decide which type of support is best for you.
If you’ve ever had a knee injury, you know how painful even the simplest task of walking can become. And because we rely so heavily on this important joint, healing can take a long time unless we find a way to give it the extra support and protection that it needs during recovery. They work because they apply slight pressure to the uninjured side of the knee, which results in relief of compression on the injured side. Custom knee braces are easy to use, lightweight and effective solutions for many forms of knee pain.
There are four main types of knee brace:
- Prophylactic – protects the knees during contact sports such as hockey or football.
- Functional – provides support to an injured knee.
- Rehabilitative – limits movement while you are recovering from surgery or an injury
- Unloader/offloader – provides support for people who have arthritis in their knees.
COMPRESSION STOCKINGS TORONTO
Do you have Tired or Swollen feet/legs? Compression Stockings are a specialized hosiery designed to prevent or aid in the further progression of venous disorders. The garment is worn much like a sock or women’s stocking but they are made from an elastic material that wrap around the leg at a higher and gradient pressure starting from the toes. They help to improved circulation in the lower extremity, reduce swelling, and support the walls of bulging or distended veins which could otherwise lead to more complicated and painful disorders. Your legs will have more energy and will not fatigue as quickly.
Many people wear compression stockings to help control swelling or edema (fluid) in the legs and feet. This common condition can be a result of a very wide variety of conditions, and often the result of a condition known as venous insufficiency. It is important to understand that compression stockings do not typically cure the problem but are, in fact highly effective at controlling the excess fluid and minimizing long term complications from it. So, if you have edema in the legs, we strongly recommend that you discuss this condition with your physician to determine the underlying cause of the edema.
We are one of the city’s leading supplier of compression stockings in Toronto and are proud to have a team of physiotherapists with specific training and are classified as Custom-Fitters for THERAFIRM® compression stockings. They come in various sizes, lengths, colours, and materials to suit the patient’s preference and needs.
Compression stockings can be a part of your daily routine. If they fit right, they should be snug but comfortable.
It’s best to wear them all the time, unless you are bathing or sleeping. Plan on replacing your stockings every 4 to 6 months.
At first, putting on a pair of compression stockings can be tricky. But with some practice, you’ll find what works for you. Here are some tips:
Before you put them on
- Hand wash new stockings after you buy them. It will make them more flexible and easier to put on. Consider buying a second pair, if you can afford it. That way, you’ll have a clean pair to wear while you wash the other.
- Put a dressing on any open wound before putting on the compression stockings.
- Keep your stockings by your bed, so you can put them on when you first get up.
To put them on
- Do it early in the morning, when you have the least swelling in your legs.
- Sit in a chair with a back. This gives you something to lean against as you put on the stockings.
- Hold the top of the stocking with one hand. Then with your other hand, reach inside the stocking and push your arm all the way in until you reach the end and can grab the toe.
- When you have a firm grip on the toe, pull your hand back up through the stocking, turning it inside out, but leaving the tips of your fingers in the toe of the stocking.
- Put your toes into the toe of the stocking, and gently roll and slide it back over your heel. Then use your finger tips or palms to slowly roll and slide the stocking all the way up your leg.
- Be careful not to grab and pull at the top of the stocking, because that can cause it to rip or tear.
If you have trouble
- Wear rubber gloves to help you grip the fabric, if you need to.
- Try a silk “slip sock” if you use toeless stockings. It helps the stocking slide over your foot, and then pulls off through the toe after the stocking is on. You can get one at a medical supply store.
- Try a “stocking butler.” It’s a metal device that holds the stocking open while you step into it. Try one before you buy one, though. They can be hard to use.
- Talk to your doctor or the certified fitter at your medical supply store, especially if you have a disability that makes it hard to put the stockings on.
Call your doctor if your toes get numb or painful or turn dark while you are wearing compression stockings.