Orthotics technology has come a long way over the years. In the past, braces were manufactured in a solid shell that completely encompassed the limbs they were intended to support. These braces were no doubt safer than going without one, but for all they provided in support and durability, they often failed, as they were heavy, bulky, and did not provide adequate comfort or a smooth gait. Fortunately, these braces are no longer your only option. Here at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, we offer the latest in orthotic bracing and include custom carbon braces to give you the support you need and the comfort you deserve. In this article, we’ll be going over some of the advantages of custom carbon bracing over older methods.
- Increased Strength and Durability- The “carbon” in the custom carbon bracing comes from carbon fiber, the material used to make these braces in place of metal or plastic. Carbon fiber is extremely strong and durable, meaning that it can stand up to more and heavier use than the alternatives.
- Lighter Weight- One of the main advantages of custom carbon bracing is that braces made of carbon fiber are lighter in weight. While you naturally want a brace to be strong enough to give adequate support , you also don’t want it to be too heavy. While the wearer may not notice the weight of the brace in the morning, a brace that’s too heavy will make itself known by nightfall in the form of muscle fatigue. This is a dangerous situation, as it can lead to increased fall risks. The custom carbon braces we offer here at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics are much lighter than more traditional alternatives, so you can enjoy moving around more easily and with less added weight.
- Greater Flexibility- Another benefit of our custom carbon bracing is this method offers greater flexibility. Old-fashioned, rigid shells offered reliable support, but also forced the wearers to move with a stiff, awkward gait. Because carbon fiber is more flexible than other brace materials, it can retain and reflect energy during locomotion, which will enable the user to move more naturally and gracefully while still getting the support he or she needs.
We at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics hope that this information has been helpful. If you are interested in our custom carbon braces, we encourage you to give us a call to find out more.