Today I want to do a quick comparison with our brace vs. a hard casted brace. We get asked a lot of questions about what separates us from a casted brace, and today I will answer those for you!
First off, a casted brace is made of a very hard plastic, with basically no flexibility. This makes it difficult for patients that have muscle atrophy, as the brace will no longer fit properly once you have re-built the muscle back, as with our Posh Brace. The Posh Brace gives much more flexibility, while still having adequate support. We feel this is similar to wearing a good quality shoe. You want something with good arch support, but not something hard and unforgiving.
Another thing that separates our brace from a casted brace is Velcro straps. One thing Velcro does very well is collect dog hair. Having Velcro straps on a brace made for a dog means you will be constantly replacing those straps, as they get filled with hair. With our posh brace, we only use high quality ladder straps and buckles, similar to a ski boot or inline skate.
Also on the casted brace you will notice there is a Velcro strap with a thin pad that is supposed to support and stop the tibial thrust or forward movement of the knee. Our posh brace actually uses a shell and ladder strap to stop tibial thrust, which is much more reliable than a thin pad and Velcro.
With our Posh Brace, we use Micro-buckles, which makes the Posh Brace more weather resistant. We have patients in Arizona in the heat, as well as in the arctic in Alaska. They can get wet or muddy, and with a simple rinse look back to brand new. Our straps are also very easy to adjust, so we can again accommodate for atrophy or changes in muscle. All 3 shells of our brace are adjustable with our technician’s assistance, so we don’t usually need to have a brace shipped back for modifications, unlike with a casted brace. This will save you time and money, as we want your dog using their brace as soon as possible.
Lastly, with a hard plastic brace, it is pushing up into the groin more, without any forgiveness. This can lead to pressure sores and discomfort. With the posh brace, we use a very soft plush foam, that is much more comfortable in the sensitive areas like the groin and ankle.
Let us know if you have any questions, feel free to reach out!