AirLift PTTD Brace
The Airlift PTTD brace is designed for the treatment of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), or for early signs and symptoms of the adult acquired flat foot. Depending on the severity of the condition, the Airlift PTTD brace can be prescribed for use as part of a conservative treatment to stabilize the condition and help prevent its degeneration, or post-surgically and during rehabilitation.
Foot support and ankle stabilization are provided by the AirLift integrated aircell and semi-rigid shells. The aircell, located under the foot arch, is adjustable using the Hand Bulb (included with the brace). When inflated, the aircell can accommodate variances in arch shapes and heights and comfortably lifts the foot arch to achieve a more natural foot position. For ease-of-use, aircell inflation can be adjusted while wearing foot wear. The semi-rigid shells are anatomically designed to the shape of the ankle for secure support and stabilization. These shells help realign the ankle and support the patient.
The AirLift PTTD brace is designed for easy application and adjustment. The PTTD brace uses an innovative rear entry design which allows the patient to slip their foot into the back of the brace. Two straps secure the brace and can be used to adjust fit. These patient-friendly design elements make the AirLift PTTD brace easier to apply than custom braces, eliminate time consuming lacing, and help improve patient compliance.
Products features and benefits
* Adjustable arch aircell for individualized support and comfort
* Anatomically designed shells for secure ankle stability
* Rear entry design and simple two strap application promote ease of use and compliance
SMALL RIGHT . . . (M: up to 7, W: up to 8 ½)
MEDIUM RIGHT . . . (M: 7 ½ – 11, W: 9 – 12 ½)
LARGE RIGHT . . . (M: 11 ½ , W: 13 )
SMALL LEFT . . . (M: up to 7, W: up to 8 ½)
MEDIUM LEFT . . . (M: 7 ½ – 11, W: 9 – 12 ½)
LARGE LEFT . . . (M: 11 ½ , W: 13 )
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is PTTD? Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)
The posterior tibial tendon serves as one of the major supporting structures of the foot, helping it to function while walking. Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is a condition caused by changes in the tendon, impairing its ability to support the arch. This results in flattening of the foot.
PTTD is often called adult acquired flatfoot because it is the most common type of flatfoot developed during adulthood. Although this condition typically occurs in only one foot, some people may develop it in both feet. PTTD is usually progressive, which means it will keep getting worse, especially if it is not treated early.
What does nonsurgical treatment of Posterior Tibial Dysfunction consist of?
Because of the progressive nature of PTTD, early treatment with a PTTD brace is advised. If treated early enough with a PTTD brace, your symptoms may resolve without the need for surgery, and progression of your condition can be arrested.
In contrast, untreated PTTD could leave you with an extremely flat foot, painful arthritis in the foot and ankle and increasing limitations on walking, running or other activities.
In many cases of PTTD, treatment can begin with nonsurgical approaches that may include:
- Orthotic devices or bracing such as the Airlift PTTD brace. To give your arch the support it needs, your foot and ankle surgeon may provide you with an PTTD ankle brace or a custom orthotic device that fits into the shoe.
- Immobilization. Sometimes a short-leg cast or boot is worn to immobilize the foot and allow the tendon to heal, or you may need to completely avoid all weightbearing for a while.
- Physical therapy. Ultrasound therapy and exercises may help rehabilitate the tendon and muscle following immobilization.
- Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help reduce the pain and inflammation.
- Shoe modifications. Your foot and ankle surgeon may advise changes to your shoes and may provide special inserts designed to improve arch support.