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The most common symptoms that are corrected with ankle braces for dogs are knuckling and collapsing or hyperextension at the hock. Since most injuries occur in the hind legs, especially in active or aging animals, ankle or hock braces are some of the most commonly provided orthotic braces for companion animals. They are successfully used for Achilles tendon injury or repair, arthrodesis, contracture management, tendonitis, and nerve injury.
Ankle braces can be designed with or without a joint or hinge at the hock depending on the needs of the particular patient. A joint or hinge is desirable if possible because it allows motion at the hock joint which can make it easier for the patient to go up stairs and maneuver on rough ground. However, if the hock joint is weak or severely damaged it may be necessary to eliminate motion at the hock and build the ankle brace without hinges. This will be determined by your veterinary professional and the My Pet's Brace practitioner.
Ankle braces are often provided for post-surgically for Achilles tendon damage. They can be designed to include range of motion control that can be adjusted to allow greater motion over time as the tendon heals. To control range of motion, at My Pet's Brace we prefer a simple, lightweight strap but various adjustable joints or hinges are also available. The amount of motion and the timing for the changes in motion will be determined by your veterinary professional and typically the brace can be adjusted by the pet family or veterinary professional.
These braces can be fabricated to include a front (anterior) and rear (posterior) shell (known as a "clamshell" design) for complete immobilization for a fracture or protection and support for an osteosarcoma, for example. This design allows for frequent cleaning and inspection of the affected area, a benefit not easily achievable with serial splinting and casting or bandaging.
Hock or ankle braces are $799. Exact pricing will be determined as we learn the specifics of your pet's condition.