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    Dear Subscribers,
    I am doing research on functional knee braces and I came across
    some limited literature on the OMNI ALIGN knee brace. It's a brace
    that relieves varus and valgus stress for the medial and lateral
    compartments of the knee-depending on which is needed. There is a
    side thigh flange on the affected side, a distal tibial cuff,
    contoured posterior laterally on affected side as well as uprights at
    the condyles, 'engineered superiorly and inferiorly to align lower
    extremity to mechanically neutral position'. I understand the basic
    mechanics of bringing the joint back to a neutral position, but what
    I don't understand is how the brace controls 'vertical' motion. What is
    to stop the femur from crashing back down onto the tibial plateau
    once stress is applied downwards in the extended position (assuming that the
    affected side is missing a functional compartment cartilage). Its not a
    functional brace but the knee would still undergo some
    sagittal/tibial plane stress during plain walking wouldn't it? I
    apologize if this is not enough info, but my literature is limited at
    least for the moment. Can someone at least tell me what else I can
    look for?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Spencer Malcolm
    University of Edinburgh