Mixed emotions

This isn’t the first time I had to get a brace. The first time, I got the brace to try to re-align my tibia as it should be aligned. It was a disaster.

It was a simple brace. It’s a sleeve with two metal rods on each side. The Orthotist at the medical supply store had to bend the right bar inward, so that I could even put it on, which completely defeated the purpose of purchasing the brace in the first place (if you asked me). It did not last long as it was uncomfortable, and I felt it wasn’t doing what it should.

Even today when I went to purchase my knee brace for the osteoarthritis, the Orthotist at the Footwear & Orthotics store saw that my leg did not align below the knee properly because of this he took time to determine which brace to choose. He asked me if I do sports, I laughed and said I don’t, but I work out. He opted for something with a flexible knit.

Once I put it on, I felt more secure. It still feels weird though. It will take some time for me to get used to it, but I feel more secure when I walk. I cannot wait to try a workout with it on; although it will be a hassle taking it off and on. Besides, it looks ugly. It is not aesthetically pleasing (it looks like a medical device).

For the added security and knee support I will wear it. Eventually, once I see the specialist, I will probably get a more custom version. Until then, I will just have to settle for off the shelf version.

I highly doubt that that one will look any better.
—Robert Confiant 16 April 2017



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