What is custom bracing?

Custom bracing refers to the creation of orthopedic devices that are individually tailored to a person's unique anatomical and injury-related needs. These braces are meticulously designed to provide optimal support, stability, and comfort for a specific area of the body, helping individuals recover from injuries, manage certain medical conditions, and prevent further damage. Custom bracing is commonly used in sports medicine, rehabilitation, and orthopedic care to promote healing and enhance performance.

At the Sport Medicine Clinic, we understand the critical role that custom bracing plays in sports injury management and prevention. Explore how our specialized braces can enhance your athletic performance and wellbeing.

When can custom bracing help?

Individuals may need a custom brace for various reasons, including:

- Sports injuries: to stabilize and support the injured area
- Arthritis: managing pain and improving joint function
- Joint instability: to prevent dislocations
- Fractures: for immobilization during healing
- Postural issues: correcting alignment problems
- Neurological conditions: like foot drop
- Scoliosis: for spinal alignment
- Custom foot orthotics: to address foot problems
- Pediatric orthopedics: for children with developmental issues
- Degenerative disc disease: to manage back pain

How do I order my brace?

Book an appointment at the Clinic to be measured for your custom knee brace.

Once the brace is received from DonJoy, you will be contacted for a follow-up appointment to have our staff educate you on how to apply your brace

How long will it take before I get my brace?

A standard order takes approximately 2 weeks. A rush order can take 3 – 5 business days.

What is the cost of a custom knee brace?

The cost of the Defiance is $1,695.00 and is exempt from both provincial and federal taxes. This cost includes all fittings, shipping, and follow-up care that pertain to the brace (refurbishments are not included).

A deposit of 50% is required prior to the brace being ordered. We will provide you with a receipt when full payment is made to submit directly to your insurance, if required.

What is the warranty from DonJoy for my custom knee brace?

Your frame/hinges have a lifetime limited warranty. The pads, straps, and liners for the brace will have a 6 month warranty.

What if my brace stops fitting in the first year after purchase?

If your brace is not fitting correctly, we will re-measure and re-make the brace (up to 1 year after the brace was initially made).

After 1 year, any re-measurements and re-fitting come at an additional charge.

What if I need a replacement of the soft parts on my brace?

Refurbishments may be completed at an additional charge, depending on what parts need replacement or repair. Please contact the Clinic directly for more information.

Why should I get a custom knee brace rather than a regular one from the drugstore?

A Defiance 3 with forcepoint hinge or A22 brace provide maximal support for ACL injuries (stops tibial translation and limits some rotation).

Defiance 3 braces with standard hinge unloads the knee joint when unicompartmental osteoarthritis or meniscus injury are present.

Defiance 3 standard hinge provides maximal support for MCL and LCL injuries.

Are custom knee braces covered by OHIP or the assistive devices program (ADP)?

No, custom knee braces are not covered under OHIP or the ADP.

Are custom knee braces covered under my extended health insurance program?

A custom knee brace may be covered under your extended health benefits. Please check with your benefits provider prior to your appointment. Note that some insurance providers may require a physician referral. The Sport Medicine Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, if applicable. 

We suggest you ask your insurance to pre-approve the cost of your brace prior to ordering.

Do I need a referral to get a custom knee brace at the Sport Medicine Clinic?

Most insurance companies will require a physical referral letter to cover the cost of the brace. Please check with your insurance provider in advance of ordering your brace to ensure you are able to claim your brace and to find out what documentation you may require.

Do I need to be a Sport Medicine Clinic patient to purchase a custom knee brace?

No, you do not need to be a patient of the Clinic to purchase a custom knee brace. Non-members are most welcome.

Can I use my brace in water?

Yes, you can get the brace wet as it is waterproof. We recommend letting the brace and soft parts (i.e. straps, liners, pads) to air dry after exposure to water.

Can I ski with my brace?

Yes! The brace is designed to be used while skiing or water skiing.

How do I clean my brace? What if my hinge becomes difficult to move?

To clean the liners, straps, and pads:

  • Remove the brace
  • Handwash with water or MILD detergent
  • Rinse well with cold water
  • Let it air dry
  • Clean & dry liners will result in less skin irritations

To clean the brace frame and hinges:

  • Wipe with a damp cloth

Oiling the hinges is not necessary. If the hinges become difficult to move or do not function normally, they mat need to be repaired. This may be covered under warranty, if still within the specified time frame.

Where do I go if I want more information?

For more information on custom braces provided by DonJoy Global, click here.

Is the Sport Medicine Clinic accepting new clients for custom knee bracing?

Yes! Please call 416-865-0903 or click here to book your appointment.