Knee braces are used to support the knee ligament to prevent possible injuries and to help those who suffer from knee instability. There are four classifications of knee braces depending on function:
This type of knee brace is used to protect the anterior circulates ligaments that is either injured or reconstructed. This is the most popular type of knee brace, however only a few scientific studies support the effectiveness of the functional knee brace
This type of brace is used after a knee undergoes surgery. This protects the knee from the possible harmful effects of any movement that may cause tension to the knee.
Arthritis is caused by the reduction of synovial fluid lubricants in the cartilage that covers the knee joints. This causes inflammation of the joint and overall pain on the affected area. Unloader/Offloader braces are specifically designed to help arthritis sufferers by minimizing the pain caused by the latter.
This type of brace is designed to protect the knee from ligament or tendon injuries caused by contact sports.
Running is one of the most popular exercises there is. It can vary from its simplest form – jogging to the more complex professional athletic running. When deciding on the appropriate knee brace for running, it is best to consider the amount of repetitive activity subjected to the knee that will cause abnormal tear or gradual stress. We have the four types of knee braces as our reference. A lightweight knee brace, which gives low to moderate support, are only good for sprains, strains and other minor knee injury. However, when the knee is already diagnosed with serious knee injuries like tendon or ligament stress and tear, and dislocation, only the heavier type of brace is applicable. Consult your doctor or physical therapist to help you decide on the right brace to use.
The next consideration to make when choosing for the right knee brace for running is the size. A tightly-fitted knee brace or a loosely-fitted one can endanger the knee more instead of giving protection to it. The ideal one should fit snugly on the knee and the surrounding parts of the legs. It should also be readily adjustable. Remember to follow your doctor’s or therapist’s instruction on the proper use of the brace to obtain optimal advantage.
Moisture or sweating is inevitable in running and this should also be a deliberation factor in the decision. Moisture-wicking knee braces have gained popularity over the last few years due to its ability to drain or absorb moisture. Painful blisters are one of the effects when a knee brace rubs considerably with moisture, and we want to eradicate its occurrence.
Price is the last determining factor in opting for the right knee brace for running. Never compromise benefits with price. This is important since the cost it takes to have a knee surgery is way higher than the cost to buy a knee brace. So when your doctor specifically recommend a pricey type of brace that may not be suitable for your budget, always refer your doctor advice for the more affordable alternative without cutting down on the benefits it can give you.
Buying for a knee brace should undergo consultation and thorough research. In the case of running, more factors should be taken into account into the decision-making process. A simple injury or a serious one can have the same detrimental effect on the on the knee if we are just too arrogant to see it beforehand. When serious knee injuries are involved, it is best to avoid running first and focus more on healing phase.