Running is an excellent form of exercise to stay fit and in good shape. For some people, running is a form of meditation and fun that comes with many health benefits. However, the repetitive pressure on your knees( sometimes other joints) can make you prone to injuries or thin your cartilage. One of such injuries that can eliminate your ability to hit your stride as a runner is sore knees. This issue affects your workout routine, and one of the best ways of safeguarding yourself from this and other potential injuries of the knee is through the use of knee braces.
Furthermore, when you develop IT Band syndrome, runner’s knee, or even tendonitis, it requires that you take a break from running because you’re going to want to let it heal. Most of the treatment for these injuries requires knee braces and they come in several protection levels, ranging from compression sleeves to post-surgery hinged models.
Below are the most effective knee braces to prevent injuries or to help you get back to your run.
Jiufentian Copper Knee Brace
Jiufentian Copper Knee Brace is an excellent knee brace for outdoor sports enthusiasts and athletes. It offers knee protection and pain relief (especially for arthritis) with its unique weave of copper, nylon, and spandex. Besides that, it delivers durability and breathability for the user, and it also improves circulation to relieve your joints from pressure. However, this knee brace is not suitable for people allergic to rubber, latex, or gel as there are rubber anti-strips on the top of the sleeves. In addition, it is available in 7 different sizes from S to 4X and usually comes as a single pack.
Neenca Professional Knee Brace
This knee brace features metal spring stabilizers as well as a contoured patella gel pad that conforms to your knee joint. Neenca Professional Knee Brace is excellent for meniscus and ACL injury recovery as they disperse pressure and add warmth to the knee. Its 3D elastic weave fabric drains away moisture, while the anti-slip strips on the top of this knee sleeve prevent it from falling down your leg. In addition, the Neenca Professional Knee Brace is available in six different colors and sizes, ranging from S to 3X.
Ipow Patella Stabilizer Strap
This patella stabilizer strap can help relieve pain if you have kneecap pain or cartilage damage. It simply adjusts to the curve of your patella, keeps everything in place while you run, and allows you to stay active. It also reduces knee injuries caused by friction and impact during workouts such as Crossfit and weightlifting training. In addition, Ipow Patella Stabilizer Strap is available in packs of two to deliver stability and comfort with soft-touch materials and an adjustable strap. These adjustable straps feature snap-on closure, and it comes in four different colors.
EXOUS Bodygear 4-Way Knee Brace
The Bodygear 4-Way Knee Brace is designed with four straps to deliver 360-degree knee support, a full range of motion, and unmatched comfort. It’s lined with jacquard Lycra that keeps itchy neoprene away from your skin for chronic pain, injury prevention as well as injury recovery. There is a half-inch cap behind the knee to prevent bunching so that your knee can bend freely without a restriction of any manner. In addition, it features a double flexible metal coil that provides stability to the inside and outside of the knee, and this brace can fit up to 21-inch.
Mueller Self-Adjusting Knee Stabilizer
The last knee brace in this article is the Mueller Self-Adjusting Knee Stabilizer. This knee strap is a combination of knee compression sleeve and patella strap, and it works for strains, sprains, and arthritis. It’s designed with flexible steel springs and a neoprene blend to enhance lateral support and retain body heat for increased circulation. In addition, its criss-cross straps adjust to your range of motion, and one size fits 14-inch to 20-inch.