The Foot and Leg Clinic is part of the Össur referral partner and can fit and supply specialist Össur braces for Osteoarthritis, knee injuries or protective sports knee braces for people living in Scotland.
The Unloader One® Knee Brace
The Unloader One is a knee brace which is clinically proven to aid the mobility of patients suffering from uni compartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.
What is osteoarthritis of the knee?
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a degenerative condition resulting in the gradual loss of cartilage within the knee joint. The loss of cartilage results in bone on bone contact which can be very painful and debilitating, with activities such as walking, running and cycling becoming increasingly difficult. Whilst all weight bearing activities can result in pain, patients can still undertake non weight bearing exercises such as swimming.
Mobility can be reduced amongst sufferers of osteoarthritis of the knee due to the amount of pain they encounter, whether during an activity or even through resting. Patients can also report inflammation of the knee joint which can further limit movement.
Unfortunately there is no cure for osteoarthritis of the knee, but there are both surgical and non-surgical options available to patients.
Surgical solutions include whether a partial or full knee replacement which are designed to last for around 15 years. Whilst a knee replacement will remove the condition it is not to be taken lightly as it can take up to six months post surgery before a patient is able to walk unaided following extensive physiotherapy.
In considering non-surgical solutions painkillers can be prescribed to patients to help manage inflammation and any pain experienced, which can allow for improved mobility. The main issue with the use of prescription medication is that it fails to address the root cause of the issue, which is the breakdown of cartilage and merely masks the pain to allow a patient to remain mobile. Ultimately the osteoarthritis of the knee will continue and further treatment will be required in the long run.
Another non-surgical solution which is becoming increasingly popular is the use of a knee brace such as the Unloader One, a knee brace designed to specifically manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee.
How does the Unloader One work?
The Unloader One works by offloading the pressure from the affected side of the knee to reduce bone on bone contact. By reducing the bone on bone contact it can help to reduce the degenerative nature of the condition, even delaying the need for surgery. With a reduced amount of pain the mobility of the patient can also be improved.
It is worth noting however that braces such as the Unloader One can only be used where only one side of the joint is affected by osteoarthritis of the knee.
The importance of increasing mobility
Light and moderate exercise is greatly beneficial for a patient, releasing endorphins, or natural painkillers into the system which can help to keep them active for longer.
By experiencing a reduced amount of pain a patient can experience a better quality of life through enhanced activity levels. A patient can keep fit either through walking, running or cycling and perform simple tasks like walking to the shops without the fear of their condition getting in the way.
It is important to increase the mobility of those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, whether to allow them to move freely around their home or travel to the shops or even performing light exercise such as cycling or running. Endorphins released by the body during exercise act as natural painkillers which can help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis of knee in conjunction with the Unloader One, improving their quality of life.
How can I get one?
The Unloader One is a clinically prescribed knee brace, therefore must be prescribed by a qualified clinician. For more information or to arrange a consultation please contact us.
Bioskin® are manufacturers of premium bracing and performance apparel offering orthopaedic solutions and compression supports globally. They pride themselves on their unique designs and bespoke materials, offering a thinner, breathable and more compressive option to neoprene based products.
A sports brace is designed to manage a specific pathology or used as a preventative measure for sensitive areas of the body. The objective of any sports brace is to offer additional protection and stabilisation to an affected area which can keep a person mobile longer. The use of compression in injury management can help to reduce pain and inflammation, which also works towards allowing an individual to continue being active.
Bioskin offer a range of sports braces for key areas across the body including ankle supports, knee supports and wrist supports. They also offer four different materials across some of their braces, each with its own set of benefits. The highest level of compression is offered by the Ultima material and remains the original material used in performance skins. For a soft compression approach offering a super soft micro-fleece lining then the 2s is an option. The Ultima 2s is also very lightweight and thin to allow it to breathe easily. The 2Sl offers a hook and look closure system with the same micro-fleece lining as seen in the 2s for additional comfort. Finally, the Stratus has been designed to offer compression and support in the various knee skins available including the Gladiator.
Foot and ankle support
No two ankle injuries are the same, as different people are affected differently and each can require varying lengths of recovery. The brace you choose will be dictated by the type of injury you wish to manage.
If you are concerned about rolling over your ankle the Trilok™ can be used to control the eversion and inversion of your rear foot. Whilst working to control motion it ensures that the plantar or dorsi-flexion rages are not limited so that you can keep moving as naturally as possible.
Where an injury results in a minor instability with inflammation then a brace such as the Standard Ankle Skin ankle support could be beneficial. It works to offer compression on the key affected area, which can allow the wearer to stay active longer through reduced pain and increased mobility.
There are many causes of wrist injuries, from sports injuries to those incurred through overuse such as tendonitis. From a sporting perspective injuries can be as a result of a fall or through racket sports where a greater amount of pressure is applied to the joint.
The Boomerang is ideal for use with minor wrist complaints such as strains and tendonitis. Whilst these injuries as typically self-limiting, the use of a brace can offer additional protection and compression in order to enhance mobility and increase confidence.
For more serious wrist injuries the DP2 and DP3 offer full wrist immobilisation. The compression, in conjunction with the immobilisation can help to manage pain and protect the wrist from further injury during rehabilitation. The key difference between the DP2 and DP3 is that the latter is slightly longer, both however can used to manage soft tissue injuries, arthritis and sprains.
Arm and elbow support
The elbow is one of the most important joints in the upper body, with any pain and reduced mobility having an impact on day to day life. Elbow injuries are not necessarily sporting related but typically are as a result of overuse, either through playing a musical instrument, painting, playing racket sports or playing golf.
One of the more common products to manage elbow injuries is that of the tennis elbow band, providing therapeutic compression to the affected side of the elbow. Whilst it is largely a self-limiting condition the use of a brace can help during rehabilitation, with full recover being anything up to 12 months.
Whilst the tennis elbow band specifically manages lateral epicondylitis and the associated inflammation, a standard elbow skin can help manage general injuries such as bruising or swelling. Whilst these may also occur as a result of sporting activities their recovery time is a lot quicker.
CTi® OTS Knee Brace
The CTi OTS is the latest innovation in off the shelf bracing. Substituting elements of the rigid CTi frame with a flexible subshell and Adjustable Tibial Strap, CTi OTS provides adjustability and an excellent out-of-the-box fit while maintaining the level of support and protection that you expect from a CTi knee brace.
Indications for Use
ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL, rotational and combined instabilities
Features and Benefits
- All activity levels
- Anatomically-correct Accutrac™ hinges with extension stops
- Flexible subshell and adjustable tibial strap capture the tibia and allow adjustments in hinge depth for a more customised fit
- Proprietary Sensil® Silicone padding eliminates migration
- Skin-friendly SensEdge over-moulding on buckles and lower cuff improves comfort and eliminates pressure points
- Total Support System™ for ACL, MCL, LCL, injuries
- Interior buckles for a more streamlined, lower profile brace
- Hand-laminated, carbon composite, rigid frame construction
- Corrosion resistant materials, ideal for water sports
- PCL Model available
- Available off the shelf in 5 sizes left & right
- Caliper measurement: medio-lateral at joint width in an extended, weight bearing position
- Circumference of leg directly below the knee cap is required (distal border of patella)
This product requires professional fitting from a clinical specialist.