The Brace Shop: Knee braces for runners

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According to the Brace Shop knee braces for runners fall into five different major categories. They are the following:

·         Neoprene braces.

·         Patellar stabilizing braces.

·         Knee bands.

·         Arthritic knee braces (unloaders).

·         Hinged knee braces.

Neoprene braces

They are made with a stretchable material that is well known for insulating joints. Available in a variety of sizes and capable of fulfilling different goals, including heat-retaining, compression sleeves as well as models with built-in patellar stabilizers or hinges. The type of neoprene brace depends on the injury to be treated.

Patellar stabilizing braces

This type of knee brace is ideal to ensure that there is proper patellar tracking. The patella is better known as the kneecap, and when it doesn’t track adequately in the femur’s groove or thigh bone it can lead to friction, pain, and injury. These braces usually consist of a block or strap that keeps the kneecap in place while the knee goes through its usual range-of-motion.

Knee bands

These are straps that surround the circumference of the knee and help to relieve pain in the patellar tendon – the area that is right below the patella – caused by Osgood Schlatter's disease, runner's knee, and tendonitis.

Arthritic knee braces (unloaders)

These braces are hinged to relieve severely painful bone-on-bone friction caused arthritis in the joints of runners, which become degenerated or diminished.

Hinged knee braces

This kind of brace tends to be bulkier but it also offers more support, rigidity, and stability than neoprene knee braces. Some are adjustable while others are intended to restrict range-of-motion. Either way, they are more likely to be worn after knee surgery. They may also be custom-made.

Needless to say that all of these types of the Brace Shop knee braces for runners are available here at Discount Medical Supplies. It also goes without saying that even though knee braces are very effective in preventing and treating injuries, they are only one of several aspects of therapy. An injured runner should talk to his or her doctor to determine whether they could benefit from bracing, and if so, establish the type of brace that would suit them the best. Moreover, the runner should not return to physical activity until his or her injury has completely healed. In that sense, a knee brace might be seen as a hindrance, but it is actually a very useful tool in the process of rehabilitation.