When to Ask My Doctor About a Leg Brace

When to Ask My Doctor About a Leg Brace

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 17:48

Spring is in the air in western North Carolina. It has been a long winter here. This winter has been colder, with more winter weather than we have had in several years. The White Christmas was pleasant for most, but after a year of practicing social distancing and being unable to get out and about, the darkness and cold have left Asheville residents with significant cases of cabin fever. 

However, the seasons are changing here in the mountains. Trees and flowers are beginning to bloom, birds are chirping, the days are longer, and it is time to enjoy our beautiful area. Yet, for those with nagging pain and mobility issues, you may feel stuck at home regardless of the weather. If you are struggling to get outdoors and enjoy the surrounding nature, it might be time to talk to your doctor about orthopedic leg bracing. Here is what you need to know about whether orthopedic bracing will help your mobility and potentially facilitate healing. 

What is Orthopedic Bracing?

Orthopedic leg braces are metal devices that help stabilize parts of your legs that are experiencing pain or discomfort. Their purpose is to help a patient find relief and heal from a variety of musculoskeletal issues. Typically, braces will reduce or prevent motion in joints or limbs for a period of time, so the body can heal. They can be used for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Relief from pain incurred by overuse, injury, or arthritis
  • Recovery from an athletic or work injury
  • Stabilization to heal from a surgery 
  • Help improving mobility in your leg
  • Removing weight from an injured joint or limb
  • Correcting the shape and function of a limb or joint

You may think ongoing pain and discomfort are just part of aging; however, you may be able to experience relief and improved mobility with the right orthopedic brace. 

Can I Use an Off-the-Shelf Brace?

What should stop you from just using an off-the-shelf brace? There are a number of options in pharmacies and sporting goods stores that could potentially help you find some relief from discomfort. Before you choose an off-the-shelf brace, it is important to talk to your doctor. You need to know:

  • If your pain is a symptom of a more significant issue
  • If your discomfort could be made worse by the wrong type of bracing
  • If the right type of brace would help you recover more effectively and efficiently 
  • If you need a brace at all

If you are considering using a brace at all, it may be time to talk to your doctor or physical therapist. They will be able to advise whether you can settle with an off-the-shelf brace or if you need a custom orthotic unit.

What are the Signs It's Time a Leg Brace?

When can you know it is time to ask your doctor about orthopedic bracing for your lower extremities? Here are a few key signs:

  • You have ongoing pain in your knees, ankles, feet, or legs. 
  • You have discomfort when performing daily tasks. 
  • You find yourself frequently icing your extremities after workouts. 
  • You are experiencing frequent swelling and inflammation, especially when you exercise. 
  • You have chronic arthritis. 
  • You have just had surgery on your knees, ankles, or feet. 
  • You have low or no arches in your feet. 
  • You have noticed that you are wearing out your shoes more quickly by not picking up your feet as high. 
  • Your hips are uncomfortable when sitting for long periods of time. 
  • Your legs are incredibly sore after standing for extended periods of time.
  • Your legs, ankles, or feet need correction from chronic issues. 

This is not a comprehensive list of signs. There are many more signs you may need an orthopedic brace. If you have any of these signs, you should consider speaking to your doctor about the possibility of using an orthotic device. 

Orthopedic Appliance Company has been providing the highest quality bracing to western North Carolina residents for over sixty years. We will work with your doctor and rehabilitation team to provide the best orthopedic bracing for your mobility. Western North Carolina has so much to see and do. You do not want to be stuck indoors because of an issue that could potentially be corrected by the right bracing. We offer a complete line of orthotic devices from head to toe. The team at Orthopedic Appliance Company will make sure you have what you need to begin improving your mobility. Contact us for more information about orthopedic leg braces in western North Carolina.