Find the most suitable knee pads for your needs
In this article, we'll cover what you need to know about knee braces and how to choose the most appropriate one for your needs. We'll also discuss some of the most common types of knee braces, along with their advantages and disadvantages. By the end of this post, you should understand when to wear a knee brace, how it should feel on your leg, and why doing so can help prevent potential injury or pain caused by your work, hobbies, or medical conditions such as arthritis.
Table of contents
Aiming for performance
Choosing the best materials
Picking a knee brace for a specific injury
Take note of your needs and do your research
1. Aiming for performance
Performance is the most crucial factor in choosing a knee brace. It's not enough for a knee brace to be comfortable, affordable, and stylish. If it doesn't help you perform your activities more safely or efficiently, it isn't making you better off without it.
Your primary consideration should be how much support your knee needs. In general, the more stability required to stabilize your knee joint during certain activities (like running, crouching, jumping, or performing repeated movements), the stiffer and stronger the material will need to be to provide adequate protection against injury.
Furthermore, you should consider the environment in which you will use the brace. For example, if you work in roofing and spend most of your time kneeling on hard surfaces, contemplate buying a more flexible knee brace that will allow proper blood circulation and won't hinder your ability to get up and crouch back down repeatedly. Conversely, if you plan on using the knee brace to stabilize your stance on a slippery surface (such as a wet floor or gravel driveway), consider a robust brace with non-slip materials that will ensure you can stretch and reach as far as possible without risking injury or discomfort.
2. Choosing the best materials
The following most important aspect of a knee brace is, of course, the level of comfort it will provide. This is why the materials chosen to construct the brace are of utmost importance.
The materials should be breathable, durable, and comfortable. Suboptimal breathability will undoubtedly have a negative effect as a buildup of sweat in an area with a high level of friction can lead to rashes or redness, as well as shortening the length of time during which you feel comfortable, especially during a hot summer day! Also, note that a breathable fabric that can be washed easily after use will retain less moisture and thereby limit unpleasant odors and bacteria growth.
Durability and flexibility also go hand in hand. If you choose a brace that is too stiff, you'll notice a lack in flexibility that'll impact the ease with which you can perform specific movements, leading to discomfort. On the other hand, a brace that is too loose or not robust enough will almost definitely lead to injuries and failure to endure the test of time.
Another good rule of thumb is that if there are multiple layers in your knee brace (such as two different types of padding), it will probably offer more protection than one without any extra layers. However, if all layers are just made out of foam padding alone—or worse yet: only hard plastic—they won't offer as much protection against injuries like twisting motions which cause ligament tears and cartilage damage. As an added protection, all of our knee braces include a built-in gel padding for your kneecap that will allow you to remain kneeling for a more extended period without pain, as well as being shock-resistant.
Consider the weight of the knee brace as well. A lightweight product will allow you to wear it all day without getting tired (and you might even forget you're wearing it!). However, a heavier alternative may better suit your needs if you're looking for added support during strenuous activities. Just remember that the last thing you need while working with a heavy set of tools or bulky equipment is being slowed down even more while performing the desired movements!
Finally, look at the knee brace's design before purchasing. The knee brace should be designed to fit your leg perfectly and not allow any gaps between your skin and the product. If there are gaps, this can lead to irritation or, even worse: infection! You may also want a knee brace with elastic straps or quick-release buckles, as it will be easier to put on and take off quickly. Just try to avoid velcro fasteners as their materials tend to degrade relatively fast, eventually leading to a product that won't stay on your knee!
3. Picking a knee brace for a specific injury
If you're trying to recover from a sprained knee, you might be looking for a brace that supports your patella and protects it from further injury. Knee supports like these typically have straps across the top of the patella and some padding around the sides and bottom of your kneecap.
If you play sports or have recurring ACL injuries due to overuse or poor form (for example, while playing high-impact sports), then an ACL stabilizer would be an ideal choice because it prevents hyperextension while allowing full range of motion during physical activity without affecting normal daily activities.
A knee brace that offers compression can provide relief from pain, as well as swelling and inflammation. Compression braces are also helpful for people who suffer from arthritis issues in their joints.
However, remember that our products are not meant to facilitate recovery or aid in easing pain related to medical conditions or serious injuries. Always talk to your doctor before purchasing a brace aimed at fixing these issues.
4. Take note of your needs and do your research
In conclusion, there are so many available options today that it's almost impossible not to find one that suits your preferences. Still, here's a quick summary of what you should consider :
Does it feel like your knee protection is a good fit? How does it feel when you try to walk or move in a way that simulates your usual activity? Click here to examine the dimensions of each of our models.
How much support do you need? If your goal is to prevent further pain while enjoying your routine activities (renovating, gardening, hiking, etc.), maybe something more basic will suffice. Here's a guide to finding out how much support you need.
How often do you need to wear knee pads? This will guide you in choosing a good design in terms of weight, ease of use, and installation. Learn about the most appropriate protection for each frequency of use.
What does your work environment look like?
If your activity takes place outside or in uncertain weather, consider a waterproof, non-slip, and breathable brace. Check out of range of non-slip knee pads. If you are a contractor or an electrician and safety is your priority, explore our products that resist static electricity.