Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Bledsoe for Magnesium Orthopedic Braces

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – (March 8, 2010) – Based on its recent analysis of the orthopedic braces and supports market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Bledsoe Brace Systems (Bledsoe) with the 2010 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation for its magnesium products featuring durable, lightweight braces with sleek, low profile designs, launched in...

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Do I need a custom brace?

Custom molded means molded from a patient model taken from a cast of the patient’s leg. How was it molded? Were the muscles flaccid or contracted? Was the patient standing, sitting, or lying down? The leg changes shape when muscles are contracted, extended, or flexed compared to a flaccid condition. The shape also changes when...

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Strength, Stiffness and Weight

One important factor in brace design is the strength and stiffness versus the weight of the materials. Strength and stiffness are not the same thing. Here’s an analogy: A rubber band is stretched to failure. The rubber band failed at five pounds of force, but it stretched more than double its length before failure. The...

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Using functional braces post-operatively

There has been a recent trend by some physicians to utilize functional braces postoperatively. The trend is certainly understandable. Some insurance programs, as well as the dictates of some HMO organizations, have limited the type and number of braces that are covered for medical reimbursement. However, there are definite problems with this approach. Postoperative patients...

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Soft tissue limits control!

The greatest factor that limits control of the leg by any external device is soft tissue deflection. The skin, fatty tissue, flaccid muscles, or muscles which lack proper tone, place a limit on the control which can be provided by any external device. Soft tissue deflection occurs in three ways. The first soft tissue deflection...

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I no longer use post-op braces

When questioned about what postoperative brace they currently use, some physicians will mention that they no longer use postop braces. Upon further questioning, it is often found that they utilize a knee immobilizer, a posterior splint, or an elastic bandage following surgery. Therefore, they still use a brace! This change is usually made to save...

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What should I look for in a post-op brace?

Postoperative braces, or rehabilitative braces, are designed with unique characteristics that are required by patients that have been recently injured or have undergone an operative procedure. The brace must be worn continuously for periods ranging from two weeks to as much as six months when treating certain injuries. This requires the brace to be comfortable...

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Which post-op brace to use?

Bledsoe Brace Systems manufactures so many different postoperative braces that it is sometimes difficult to decide which brace to use. In order to answer this question effectively, it is necessary to ask a few questions about the physician’s practice. Does the physician treat a broad range of injury types including fractures? If so, and he...

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What should I look for in a walking boot?

Walking boots for orthopedic injuries have become an important treatment option to the physician. There are many factors that affect the function of a walking boot. The most important of these is the shape and height of the rocker bottom. The rocker is composed of four sections; the heel strike section, mid-stance section, rock through...

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Is the ultimate ankle brace worth the extra money?

Bledsoe Brace Systems recently introduced a new functional ankle brace that is very thin but unbelievably supportive. It is a double upright hinged off-the-shelf adjustable AFO with a rigid stirrup and foot plate that attaches to the shoe (with a hook and loop fastener) to permit the shoe to control the foot while the upright...

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