Continuing our tradition of pioneering the world’s finest foot care products in Australia, we are the first providers (outside of the US) of the unique TAG brace – one of the most innovative products ever offered to patients with diabetes.
Simply put, the TAG brace suspends the foot and ankle to eliminate any pressure and forces from the ground up. This makes it perfect for patients with stubborn and difficult-to-heal ulcers, foot and lower leg fractures, Charcot foot disease, and those wanting to recover quickly and efficiently after foot or leg surgery.
Alongside the force and pressure-relieving benefits, the TAG brace also lets you walk and move without the need for crutches. Doing so significantly reduces the usual muscular atrophy (muscle weakness) and decreases in bone mineral density that comes from periods of not using the muscles and not putting stress on bones due to immobilisation with a traditional cast or boot.
If you’re worried about your weight affecting your ability to use this device, it’s proven to work successfully on patients weighing up to 260kg.
“I believe that with modern wound care techniques coupled with next-generation offloading technology such as Toad Medical’s Anti-Gravity Brace, we can dramatically reduce the severity of wounds and amputations, worldwide.”
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery and Director, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
Diabetes & The TAG Brace
In diabetes, the majority of foot ulcers develop on the bottom of the foot. Due to the decline in vascular supply associated with diabetes, sensation loss (being unable to detect or be aware of the extent of an injury on the bottom of the foot) and the extreme pressures and friction on the foot during movement, especially in the presence of foot deformities, these ulcers can develop rapidly. Our inability to completely unload the foot and let the ulcer heal can mean the difference between recovery or amputation. This is where the TAG brace comes in as the first unloading brace to 100% unload the lower extremity.
Currently, every 30 seconds a leg is lost due to complications from diabetes. There are 285 million diabetics in the world, which is estimated to increase to 550 million by the year 2030. 1.2 million of these are Australians, approximately 5% of our population. Up to 25% of those with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer and approximately 15% of these will require amputation. Australia currently has the highest amputation rate in the developed world behind the US, with approximately 85 amputations per week.
The TAG Brace Can Help With
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Foot Fractures
- Low Ankle Fractures
- Venous Stasis Ulcers
- Charcot Arthropathy
- Foot or Ankle Deformities
- Foot or Ankle Fusions
- Foot or Ankle Reconstructions
- Traumatic Foot or Ankle Wounds
Features Of The TAG Brace
- It is light-weight and comfortable, made from carbon-fibre
- It greatly reduces muscular atrophy, bone mineral density reduction and instability brought on by inactivity during recovery
- It eliminates pressure and shear forces on lower limb fractures and joint reconstructions
- It supports patients that weigh up to 260 kg
- Its ease of use increases patient compliance with regularly wearing the device to achieve the best recovery results
- It is extremely cost-effective
- There is no tourniquet effect where circulation is cut off or restricted
- It is proven to allow rapid healing of diabetic foot ulcers