Runner’s knee braces: Jogging supports and aids

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Runners are not the only athletes who need knee braces. Jogging has great benefits such as losing weight, improving cardiovascular fitness, toning muscle, and reducing stress. However, this activity is not without risks either, knee injuries being among them. Here are a few examples of knee support for joggers with bummed knees.



·         Knee braces

Some knee braces are necessarily bulky and deliberately designed to restrict movement. But others are lightweight, flexible, and comfortable designs that allow the leg to flex and extend while ensuring proper patellar tracking – that is, keeping the kneecap in the midline of the leg, within the groves in the thigh and shin bones.



·         Taping

This is a time-tested technique to prevent a knee from going from bad to worse. Taping is employed as a means of stabilizing the knee joint, and while this may not be the actual case, it sure provides relief for knee pain. Joggers are advised to use a tape with an adhesive that won’t cause skin irritation. They can test the adhesive by taping a small strip to the thigh or forearm before fully taping the knee.



·         Counter-force straps

Somewhat reminiscent of a tourniquet, this knee support is particularly effective for tendinitis-related pain, subluxation, and some forms of patellar degeneration. This product is intended to compress the knee tendons and redirect the forces jogging subjects them to throughout the rest of the knee, as well as stabilize the patellar tendon that attaches the kneecap to the shin bone.  



·         Proper shoes

It should come as no surprise that a shoe worn on the foot could benefit the knee. After all, the knee joint absorbs much of the impact when the feet make contact with the ground. Well-fitting, padded running shoes can help protect the knees. Whether you buy them at a sporting goods store or have them custom-made, make sure to have a pair lined up as a replacement one the cushioning in your current shoes wears out.  


Remember, the fact that there is no injury called ‘jogger’s knee’ does not mean that joggers are exempted from pain and other complications of physical activity. Prevention and protection are keys to prevent and treat knee injuries; the aforementioned knee supports can be extremely helpful in both endeavors. Also keep in mind that while these pieces of equipment enable joggers to run though an injury, rest and therapy are required to heal serious injuries.