There can be some kind of knee injury or an operation that explains the pain in the knee and urging the need of wearing a knee brace. While buying product is easy, wearing it with a right technique is complicated for many.
So, in this part, we will discuss the right way to wear a knee brace. Let’s go:
1. Choosing the Right Style of Brace
The injury type decides the kind of knee brace that will be suitable for a certain kind of user. People with mild sprain can be fine with a simple compression sleeve. However, for serious fracture or tear, you might have to pick a heavy-duty hinge brace that is reinforced with metal or plastic.
2. Pull the Brace Over the Knee
Wearing a knee brace is actually pretty simple. Start by rolling the pants above the knee level so that they cannot cause any hindrance in seamless wearing. Now, slip your foot from the top of the brace and fit it at the knee. Rest it firmly on the knee so that it doesn’t accidentally slide down.
If you are using a wrap brace then target the knee area and wrap it firmly on the knee. Make sure that you wind the straps to lock the brace at one place.
3. Centre the Brace on your Kneecap
There are braces that have small holes to suggest the way where the straps have to go. It is important to wear the kneecap correctly and make sure it’s comfortable enough. Also, make sure that the skin beneath the brace fully ventilated. Make sure that the brace is aligned so that the hole doesn’t cause any trouble to the skin. Also, make sure that the brace is fixed in one place.
Don’t forget to tighten the straps. While doing so, make sure that at least two of your fingers fit inside the brace. When you are satisfied, with the fit, simply tighten your straps.
Implications of Improper Brace Fitting
We have repeatedly claimed that the fitting of the brace should be perfect. The reason is that if the brace is too loose then it will probably slide down your leg. And if it is too tight then it might just further cause harm to the injury and heightens the pain. It can also cut off the circulation and pinch the skin which can lead to numbness in the leg, swelling, tingling, etc.