FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Knee pain and how orthotics can help

Improve Mobility. Stay Healthy. Many of us suffer from chronic pain in the knees, hips or lower back. Often, there is a connection between these complaints and the way you walk. This article sheds more light on knee pain and in … READ MORE

Do orthotics for foot injuries really work?

As baby boomers age and continue to participate in sports, more and more are suffering from foot injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and hallux valgus. And researchers have proposed the inserts as treatments for back, hip, knee and … READ MORE

Steps in the knee rehab cycle

Rehabilitation of the knee is not always a straight line process. Things may improve, and then seem to go backwards. Things may go well, and then a stumble and fall may set the whole process back. By Dr Sheila Strover, Knee … READ MORE

Pectus carinatum FAQs

Tap a question How common is Pectus carinatum? Pectus carinatum occurs in approximately 1 to 2 people in 3,000 and occurs more commonly in males. Has your clinic seen many Pectus carinatum cases? Braceworks regularly treats patients … READ MORE

Knee replacement FAQs

Tap a question What causes OA? Factors that may lead to OA include: weight gain, advancing age and joint injury. What is OA of the knee? The knee joint includes the patella (kneecap), the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shinbone). … READ MORE

Osteoarthritis of the knee FAQs

Tap a question What causes OA? Factors that may lead to OA include: weight gain, advancing age and joint injury. What is OA of the knee? The knee joint includes the patella (kneecap), the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shinbone). … READ MORE

What is Plantar fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis (say PLAN-ter-fash-ee-EYE-tis) is a common cause of pain in the heel of your foot. Your heel may hurt, feel hot, swell or turn red due to inflammation. The inflammation occurs in the … READ MORE

Scoliosis FAQs

Tap a question What Is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a sideways (lateral) curve of the spine, usually developing in early adolescence. About 80% of scoliosis is idiopathic which means that the cause is unknown. 1 to 2 of every 100 people … READ MORE

AFO wear and care FAQs

Tap a question About your child’s new AFOs Your child should wear their Ankle-Foot Orthotics (AFOs) during the day with their shoes. Walking barefoot after a bath or in the evening will do no harm. Your child may feel uncomfortable … READ MORE

Why is exercise important?

It’s important to keep your joints moving and your muscles strong – if you don’t use it, you may lose it. If arthritis is causing pain, you may not want to move. But this can increase stiffness and in the long term your … READ MORE

How much exercise should I do and how often?

Little and often is generally a good approach to exercise. We should all aim to do 30 minutes of exercise that makes us a bit short of breath five times a week. It’s also recommended that we spend 30 minutes a day on our feet – … READ MORE

What sort of exercise is important?

You don’t need to join a gym or buy special equipment to exercise. The simplest exercises are often the best. You should try to do three main types of exercise: Stretching exercises help ease aches and pains and get the best … READ MORE

Pectus brace wear and care

Wearing your brace diligently is key to the success of this method of treatment. According to The Calgary Protocol, you are required to wear the brace for 23 hours per day during the correction phase until the deformity is corrected. … READ MORE

Wear and care instructions for your brace

Children should wear their AFOs during the day, just as they would their shoes. While walking barefoot after a bath or in the evening can do no harm, you may consider having the child wear them at night, even while sleeping, for … READ MORE

Knee replacement surgery

If you’re thinking about having knee replacement surgery you’ll probably have lots of questions. In this booklet we’ll explain when knee replacement might be needed and what you can expect from surgery. To help you in making an … READ MORE
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