Sports Orthoses

After an injury, young athletes sometimes need an orthotic device (a brace or support) to get back to the sport they love. These orthoses can aid in recovery, provide protection and support to the injured area, and encourage better joint alignment.

Our Orthotics and Prosthetics Program offers custom fitting for a variety of sports orthoses that can keep young athletes active. Our custom-designed pediatric orthoses are made exactly to the specifications your child needs. We offer a wide range of orthoses for different body parts and injuries, including:

Foot orthoses

Foot orthoses are supports or inserts worn inside shoes to improve joint alignment of the feet. Proper alignment helps the feet function well, relieves pain and promotes healing. Foot orthoses are usually molded and designed for each individual patient.

These orthoses are commonly worn by athletes with flat feet, tarsal coalitions (in which two or more bones in the foot are joined) or other disorders that cause foot or knee pain. They are common in sports like:

  • Track and field
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Baseball
  • Softball

Lumbosacral corset

A lumbosacral corset is a cloth or elastic garment that is worn around the torso and pelvis. It provides support to the lower back with a semirigid panel that helps prevent overextension. If the corset does not provide enough support, a more rigid orthosis may be necessary.

These orthoses can be helpful for young athletes with lower back pain who have a variety of conditions affecting the lower spine, including spondylolysis (a defect in the vertebrae) or lumbosacral strain (an injury to the muscle tissue in the lower back).

They are common in sports like:

  • Gymnastics
  • Cheerleading
  • Horseback riding
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse

Knee orthoses

Knee braces are commonly worn after an injury or surgery to give the damaged ligaments support and protection. There are different kinds of braces, but most are made from a combination of metal, foam and plastic.

These orthoses are used by athletes with strains or tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) or meniscus. They can be prescribed before an injury occurs to help protect the knee.

They are common in sports like:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Hockey

Fracture orthoses

For some broken bones, a brace is worn in place of a cast or after the cast is removed. These braces are often worn by athletes with fractures in the bones of the arms or legs. The brace provides compression to the site of the fracture. It is sometimes worn while the fracture is healing to prevent re-injury.

Fracture orthoses are common in sports like:

  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Gymnastics

Specialized, comprehensive care

We work with our Sports Medicine Program to help each athlete receive the treatment they need for her particular sport. Our certified athletic trainers and physical therapists help young athletes use their orthoses properly and avoid similar injuries in the future.

Learn more about our Sports Medicine Program