Dose-response research refutes the common perception that increasing brace wear time leads to muscle atrophy in patients with knee osteoarthritis. In fact, longer bracing duration appears to improve hamstring strength as well as increasing patients’ physical activity levels.
By Cheryl L. Hubley-Kozey PhD and Gillian Hatfield Murdock, PT, MSc
Agilium Freestep knee osteoarthritis brace
For everyday use
We developed the Agilium Freestep 2.0 to treat unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis.It is worn on the foot and lower leg rather than around the knee.
The Agilium Freestep 2.0 alters the load line of the knee, thus providing targeted relief for the damaged cartilage in the knee joint. The load line describes the point where body weight primarily impacts the cartilage.Lightweight
The brace is fitted around the lower leg. This means you can sit comfortably as the thigh is not constricted in any way.Ottobock’s new, innovative Agilium Freestep is a non-invasive orthotic device that sits inside the shoe and which, by means of a foot plate and a vertical strut that runs up the side of the leg, changes the ground force reaction by realigning the knee and ankle joint as the patient walks. It applies a very gentle force that only comes into action at the point that it is actually required which has the effect of reducing the painful rotation that takes place around the knee. The side strut keeps the ankle in the optimum alignment and reduces the ankle’s ability to compensate for the changes. For the user, this results in reduced pain, less bulk and less force and pressure on the knee.
The Agilium Freestep has been tested to three million steps and has no weight limit (tested to 150kg). It has recently been awarded an iF Design award for innovative product design. The iF label is a worldwide seal of excellent quality, functionality and manufacturing.
Thanks to its lightweight construction, the brace feels comfortable even when worn for long periods of time.
The Agilium Freestep is worn inside the shoe, so it cannot slip.
Discreet under clothing
The slimline design of the Agilium Freestep means it can be worn discreetly under clothing.
Easy to handle
The brace can be donned like a shoe, making it easy to use.
Knee pain and osteoarthritis (OA)
One of the most common causes of knee pain is osteoarthritis (OA), a disease that causes a gradual breakdown of the cartilage in your joints.As the disease progresses and the cartilage gets worn away, the bones start to rub and grind against each other, and that causes pain.The pain can often be felt when you bend your knees, when you walk up and down stairs, or even when you’re resting. Alleviate your knee pain.
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