How to keep a knee brace from slipping
How to Keep Your Knee Brace from Slipping
It can be difficult to find the right knee brace when you need one, especially if you are recovering from an injury or if you’re suffering from arthritis or some other long-term knee problem. If your brace keeps slipping, you may think it’s not doing any good, but this actually isn’t the case at all! The following techniques will help you make sure your knee brace stays in place and is doing its job effectively.
Don’t cut off circulation
While knee braces and other bandages can be helpful when recovering from an injury, it’s important to make sure they don’t cut off circulation in your legs. If a bandage is too tight or sitting on top of thick clothing, you may lose feeling or create pins and needles sensations in your legs. To keep circulation flowing freely, try wrapping your knee brace around thinner material like an old t-shirt. You can also check with your doctor before using any product that wraps around your legs.
Use the right straps
The straps on a knee brace should fit snugly, but not so tight that they cut off circulation. The best way to make sure your knee brace fits properly is to consult with a physical therapist who can analyze your gait and recommend a proper size for you. If you buy a knee brace without seeing one in person first, take it home and put it on right away; if it feels uncomfortable or causes any pain, return it immediately.
Learn how to wear your knee brace correctly
The last thing you want is a knee brace that doesn’t fit properly. You should ask your doctor or physical therapist for instructions on how to put your brace on, but generally speaking you should fasten it as tight as possible without causing discomfort. If you’re not sure if it fits right, talk with a medical professional. Once you have your brace in place and are ready to go about your day, here are some tips for getting around without slipping: - Wear athletic shoes with good traction when you're wearing a knee brace—especially when it's raining or snowy outside.
Turn your clothing inside out when wearing your knee brace
The inside of your clothes will be a little rough, but turning your clothes inside out will help keep your brace in place. If you must wear pants, use suspenders instead of a belt: Suspenders are more secure than belts and there is less of a chance that they will slip off while you’re wearing them. Also, make sure that you wear thick socks on days when you have knee pain: The extra layer around your leg will help keep your brace stable. If worse comes to worst and it still slips, try using some tape around where it fits against your skin: This is best done in conjunction with wearing clothing inside out or with suspenders as taping alone won’t really do much good! Still having trouble?
Support both knees when sleeping, sitting or exercising
This can be hard, but it’s important. If you’re sleeping with a brace on both knees, make sure they are supported or put them in braces of their own. Similarly, if you’re sitting down with your knee brace on both knees should be supported when at a desk or table. Finally, remember that running and cycling (and similar activities) are easier with two functioning knees; whenever possible have someone else support one of your legs while doing these exercises. This way you can focus more on form rather than stability.