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Knee Supports & Braces

We have a wide variety of knee braces suitable for various injuries and treatments, before selecting a knee brace, you need to gain an idea of what you are looking for and the level of support you are looking for.

Most Knee Supports are grouped into categories by the level of support they offer the wearer - this ranges from a basic level knee sleeve for a little niggle, to the top level of geared or multi pivot point hinges that prevent rotation and any unnatural movement of the knee joint which allows healing and recovery. Whatever it is you're looking for we have the right knee brace for you. Some have the option of straps and fastenings for better fit or for added support, while the mention of stabilisers or stays will indicate a middle level that is often a flattened spring that reduces the rotation of the joint but not rigid like a hinge - see our knee support advice below for more information on the right support for you. 

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Knee Supports & Braces advice

 

Basic knee supports

A simple knee support is either elastic or neoprene and offers mild to moderate support. A simple elastic knee support is ideal for helping to reduce swelling immediately after injury and for giving minimal support when going back to training. Supports made of neoprene will help retain body heat which stimulates blood flow and aids the healing process. Tendon injuries in particular respond well to warmth after the acute injury stage.

Stabilised knee supports

These are suitable for moderate knee injuries and offer a higher level of support and protection compared to a simple knee sleeve. They will often have surgical springs sewn into the sides or cross over straps for additional support. These supports can be slightly more restrictive than a simple knee sleeve but will give significantly greater confidence and support.

Hinged knee braces

These offer a higher level of support still and are recommended for moderate to severe knee injuries involving ligament damage. They have solid metal supports down the sides to prevent lateral or sideways movement of the knee. Some have geared hinge systems to allow the pivot point of the support to match the pivot point of the knee as the knee bends. The advantage of a hinged knee brace is the high level of support it gives particularly laterally (or sideways). So if you have ligament damage in the knee joint and need to restrict this movement then a hinged knee brace is often recommended by Physiotherapists.

Wrap around knee supports

A wrap around support wraps around the leg rather than pulls on like a knee sleeve. The advantages of a wrap around support are that it can be easier to put on, especially if you have to take off boots. Some elderly people find it easier to put on a wrap around knee support rather then have to bend to pull one on. Some wrap around knee supports such as the Neo-G range can vary the compression. So if you require more support simply apply the support a little tighter.

Knee supports for playing football

If you play competitive football then you are unlikely to be allowed to play in anything that contains solid metal parts such as hinges in a hinged knee brace or hard exposed buckles as this could pose a danger to other players. If you are just playing a fun game with mates then this is less of an issue. The heavier the support the more protection you get but they will be more restrictive to play in. Use the filters on the left of the page to view the supports we recommend for football.

Knee supports for skiing

Pretty much any knee support can be used to ski in. Most people who buy a knee support do so because of prior knee injury, usually ligament or joint injury and require a more substantial knee brace. No knee brace can completely prevent injury, especially when skiing as the joint only needs to move a very short distance in the wrong direction to injure the ACL however a hinged knee brace can give some protection to knee ligaments. One with a geared or double pivot point is likely to provide a better fit when bending the knees whilst skiing. Use the filters on the left to view knee supports we recommend for skiing.

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