If you injure your foot or ankle, you might need to wear a brace for some time to stabilize the injury and stop it from getting worse as you heal. At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, Texas, podiatrists Justin Brown, DPM, Joseph Morgan, DPM, Jordan Womack, DPM and their team provide foot and ankle braces as part of treatment for fractures, tendon tears, and more. To find out if you need a foot or ankle brace for your injury, call Permian Basin Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.
Foot and ankle braces are devices designed to provide support to your feet and ankles to prevent injuries or stop existing injuries from worsening. Wearing them consistently can help encourage healing and relieve pain or discomfort in your feet, ankles, and legs.
While braces can go a long way in preventing new injuries or worsening existing injuries, they’re rarely used alone in treatment, and you should follow any other treatment instructions from the team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle.
At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, the team often recommends foot and ankle braces as part of a comprehensive, multi-treatment approach. By using a foot or ankle brace according to instructions from your podiatrist, you can stand, walk, and take part in your typical day-to-day activities while your injury heals.
The team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle provides both foot braces and ankle braces in-house for faster access and improvements.
Foot and ankle braces can help you heal from a number of different musculoskeletal injuries. Wearing your foot or ankle brace can reduce your risk of another injury as you heal from any of the following current injuries:
The brace keeps your joints stable by limiting their motion. They should fit snugly enough that you can wear your usual footwear comfortably, and they shouldn’t affect your balance or strength. If you have concerns about the fit of your brace, the team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle can adjust the fit or give you a better-fitting device.
The amount of time you need to use your foot or ankle brace depends on the type of injury you have and its extent. Generally, the team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle recommends using foot or ankle braces somewhere between two and six weeks.
As you use your brace, you may need to take part in other treatments or follow instructions that will help your injury heal faster. They might recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers for any remaining discomfort or visiting for follow-up appointments to monitor your progress. They might also give you instructions for stretches and exercises to strengthen your foot or ankle for more effective healing.
To find out if a brace is necessary for your foot or ankle injury, call Permian Basin Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online to consult with the experts today.