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Aircast AirLift PTTD Ankle Brace
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Features:

  • Accommodates different arch shapes & heights.
  • Provides a solution for acquired "Flat foot".
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AirCast AirLift™ PTTD Ankle Brace

An off-the-shelf 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, it 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.

It features an integrated aircell, located underneath the sole, which is adjustable using an inflatable hand bulb (included with brace). When inflated, the aircell can accommodate different arch heights and comfortably lifts underneath the arch to achieve a more natural foot position to help provide posterior tibial (PTTD) relief.

The AirLift is designed for easy application and adjustment. The 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 easier to apply than custom braces, eliminate time consuming lacing, and help improve patient compliance.

The Aircast AirLift brace is suited for Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, adult flat foot, post-op use.

Aircast AirLift PTTD Brace Features:

  • Adjustable arch aircell for individualized comfort and control.
  • Anatomically designed shells for secure ankle stability.
  • Rear entry design for convenience.
  • Two strap application for use of use and compliance.
  • Made from latex-free neoprene material.
  • Available in three sizes - please see our sizing chart tab above for correct sizing guideline information.

Recommended Manufacturer HCPC: L4350

Indications

The Aircast Airlift PTTD brace can be used for:

  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD).
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis.
  • Adult-acquired flat feet.
  • Post-Op/Rehabilitation.

What Is Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction ("Acquired FlatFoot")?

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is an inflammation and/or overstretching of the posterior tibial tendon. Its function is to help support the arch, but in PTTD, it's unable to perform that job efficiently, often resulting in flattening out under the sole.

This fibrous cord extends down from a muscle in the leg. It descends the down the lower leg and runs along the inside of the ankle and then down the side of the inside aspect of the foot. It is one of the most important supporting structures and helps displace weight properly while walking.

PTTD is often called “adult-acquired flatfoot” because it is the most common type of condition usually developed during adulthood. This condition typically occurs in only one foot, but some people can develop it in both. PTTD is considered a progressive condition, which means it will keep getting worse, especially if not treated early by a medical professional.  The Aircast AIrLift PTTD brace is appropriate for stage I/II PTTD symptoms.

Sizing chart

Sizing Chart:

Choose according to your shoe size:

 Size   Shoe Size
 S  US Men's up to Size 7, US Women's up to Size 8.5, UK up to Size 7, Europe up to 38
 M  US Men's 7.5-11, US Women's Size 9-12.5, UK Size 8-10, Europe 39-42
 L  US Men's 11.5+, US Women's Size 13+, UK Size 11+, Europe 43+

 *Brace does run a little small, go up one size if you're right on the border of the two sizes.

Specs
  • Durable nylon material is used in the boot itself along with the half figure eight, arch-supporting strap.  Semi- rigid aircells on the sides provide additional ankle/rearfoot stabilization. Note this product has a one way valve on the side to inflate the pillow under the arch.  Push the end of the inflation air bulb into the valve assembly just enough to inflate the product. Jamming the inflation bulb deeper and deeper into the valve assembly will bend the one way valve inside and cause a slow leak to occur.  This is the #1 issue that we get calls about so just be gentle blowing it up and it will last forever.

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Reviews
Happy with it so far
I have only been wearing it three days but am very happy with all aspects of it so far.
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Works great!
I had a bad case of tendinitis. Using this brace has allowed me to get back on my feet and walk around without pain. It fits comfortably in an athletic shoe and the pump allows you to adjust it to give your arch the right amount of support. The support tech helped me to decide on the right size for a good fit. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
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Best service, very good brace
Very useful cast for PTTD injuries, take into consideration that it won't fit all your shoes. Customer service was responsive, delivery fast.
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Inflates underneath my arch
Received this brace and it properly right out of the box. It inflates easily. Seems to be helping after two weeks of use.
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Works
Relieves the pain, but a little fiddly to get just right. the straps and the air bladder have to be properly positioned and inflated so as not to cause pain but relieve the pain it was purchased for. Also have to find the right shoes to fit all this into comfortably. Once you get it right, and with some practice putting it on is quick. The price at DME Direct is way lower than through the foot Doctor.
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Great ankle brace with pump
The doctor recommended that I use this aircast ankle brace with pump to help boost my arch support. I have grade I PTTD and this helps my arch support immensely. The pump is very easy to use and straight forward.
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Overall Good
This was probably the best purchase I could have made for relief of the ankle pain I was experiencing. The orthotics were not helping at all. The relief was almost instant. I did make 1 modification. The outside of the ankle brace kept sliding forward since there is nothing to hold it in place. So I took a piece of velcro and went around the back at the top like the piece at the bottom. Helped a lot. I now wear my Aircast AirLift every day to work and am on my feet 5-6 hours each day. Thanks for the great product.
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Terrible
I have used this brace before surgery and after. It has caused me a lot of pain and discomfort. I have tried varying all the different aspects of the brace but it just hurts. Now it cuts into where the scars are. It is causing almost unbearable pain. Also I went through three of theses braces in six weeks as they were either faulty or didnt last more than a couple of week.
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Pretty good overall
Overall, this Airlift brace is the best I have used so far. My only issue is that it has taken a fair amount of experimentation to get it to where it helps the most, and I am not sure if I have it down pat yet. However, to possibly help others, I will share my experience to date. I initially focused on the pump-up arch support. In my case, the firmer the better up to a point. However, once that point was reached, any additional air made it much worse rather than a little better.I then worked on positioning both the arch bladder itself and the vertical supports differently on my foot. I found these adjustments only nominally helpful until I concurrently (and somewhat accidentally) tightened the top strap more than I had been. Tightening the strap seems to have helped significantly. In summary, I have had to experiment with four adjustments, 1) the amount of air pressure in the arch bladder, 2) the position of the arch bladder under my arch, 3) the positioning of the vertical brace supports along the sides of my ankle, and 4) the tightness of the top strap. I realize that this Aircast Airlift product will not fit or perform like a well made and fitted custom brace, so this little frustration is acceptable. After all, it costs a fraction of what the custom units do and I have found that it comes very close to eliminating my pain on those occasions when I get the fit and adjustments just right. Because I have experienced these positive results, I am well pleased with the product at this time and I use it every day. I am now wearing it from right after waking until bed time. I know it is there most of the day and have had to remove it for short periods during the day a few time. Nevertheless, I seldom walk, even around the house, without it on and it is helping considerably. If it proves itself to be durable over months I would certainly add the 5th star to my rating.
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Aircast Airlift is helping
Prior to having a surgical repair, the Aircast Airlift brace was just what was necessary for my condition. I give the product 5 stars and the website 5 stars. The product was exactly what I needed and exactly as described.
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Worked immediately.
I was in a cam boot for two weeks which was awkward but it relieved the pain. The problem was the different in height between my two feet was causing knee and back pain. I ordered two AirLift braces and put them on right away. They felt funny, like walking on balloons but the tendon pain was gone immediately. I was walking barefoot the next day when I felt a twinge on my left tendon (the worst of the two.) I put on a sock and just the brace, inflated it and the pain disappeared. I LOVE THESE THINGS!
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AirLift is best PTTD Brace
I bought the Aircast AirLift PTTD Brace for a family member who has not had the Posterior Tibial Tendon shred yet, but it is strained and collapsing to the arch. 10 years ago the same tendon shredded in my left ankle - the AirLift PTTD brace was not available then so I got a "custom" brace that hurt and caused it's own pain. What no one told me is that this condition gets progressively worse - over the next 5 yrs. I had MORE tendon pain - even when in bed with feet resting. A search of medical literature on NIH confirmed that this condition is progressive. I had surgery which was followed by an Air Cast walking cast. Later, Aircast developed this innovative PTTD Brace. Hopefully my family member will have the tendon protected from tears and it will heal because the AirLift PTTD brace supports and holds the ankle like the previous brace I had did not do. A huge thank-you to DME Direct for their "lightning fast", accurate delivery of my order! It arrived amazingly fast and they get an A+ rating from me for their superior customer service.
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A very good company to deal with.
My orthopedic surgeon wrote me a prescription for this particular brace. When I went back to "Or-Pro" (now Hangers ) and they weren't able to supply me with this brace. I went on-line and found your company and the brace that I was needing. I ordered it and received it very quickly. I have been wearing it and so far, it seems that it is doing exactly what the doctor ordered. I was suppose to go back to see my orthopedic surgeon tomorrow but just got released from the hospital a few hours ago and probably wont see the doctor for a couple of weeks. Thank you for serving me so well.
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Best help I've found for PTTD injury
Was diagnosed with partial tear of PTTD tendon about a year ago. Have changed my orthotics and used braces of various types to help stay active while injury heals. This is the only brace specific to this injury that I'm aware of. The injury has not healed completely but considerably less pain now and hope maybe to make a full recovery. I'm on my second brace, having worn the first one completely out.
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Didn't work for me
I was trying to avoid going to doctors again for my PTTD problem. This brace did not work for me as my PTTD injury might be more severe than what this brace is able to provide sufficient support for. It was painful for me with or without the brace.
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Just great
I was worried when reading the reviews for this, that they were made by the manufacturer. I also read some negative reviews, but they were mainly about fitting it into a shoe. I have been walking around in a CAM walker for two months because of a tear in the posterior tibial tendon. I was in the walker with marginal pain. All of it went away when I wore this. Without shoes. It's a thousand times better than the walker because it doesn't weigh down my foot. Will I have to wear running shoes with all my outfits for a while? Yes, but who cares! I don't have any pain!!! So five stars. I highly recommend it.
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Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
Over 6 years, I had escalated from pre-made inserts to custom hard orthotics to a $1600 custom hard brace. Being in stage 3 PTTD and being active, everything I tried rubbed blisters where the collapsed arch caused protruding bones. The aircast brace helped me function with less pain than anything else I've tried.
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Customer Service
Dear DME Direct:

You are a great company, with fast, friendly and efficient service! I got this Aircast Airlift today, and my PTTD symptoms were IMMEDIATELY better. I have had it on for six hours, and I feel better than I have felt since I injured my posterior tibial tendon a few weeks ago! I would recommend this brace without any reservations whatsoever! The earlier one uses it, the better. Thanks for the great service! Aloha!
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pttd worked 4 me
I ordered one of these braces for my left ankle that became sore while my right foot was in a black boot. I had some trouble with the brace sometimes sliding out of place a little bit but after I got it adjusted it all seemed ok. I have worn it many times. It gives wonderful support to both my ankle and the arch of my foot. At the same time I am able to wear my normal shoe. I liked it so well I ordered another one for my right foot to wear when I get to take the black boot off. Good product!
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I can work out again!
I was diagnosed with posterior tibial tendonitis from excess exercising, and this caused severe inflammation of my tibial tendon. After using several products, I found that the Aircast Airlift PTTD brace effectively reduced the swelling of my tibial tendon by adding compression and support in the necessary areas allowing me to get back in the gym in no time. Great product!
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Q&A

Q&A for Aircast AirLift PTTD Brace

  • From Mary
    • Q: Is it safe to wear 12+ hours at a time?
    • A: The Airlift can be worn all day long to help support your PTTD/foot condition.
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