When shopping around for products to alleviate chronic pain, weakness, or stiffness in the legs, choosing the best knee brace can be a challenge. Whether your concern is arthritis, a fracture, or a simple sprain, making the right choice is about finding the information on all the best braces. Luckily, our selection of different braces offers a comprehensive range of treatments, designed to support patients of all shapes and sizes. Browse below, and find the perfect knee brace for your needs!
Types of Knee Braces
While any quality knee brace will be designed with comfort, support, and durability in mind, each type of brace will come with its own strengths and weaknesses. Take a look at the four types we offer below, to decide which is best for you.
Standard Knee Brace
Vive’s classic knee brace design offers everything you need to overcome the swelling, pain, and instability that comes with knee injuries. With a durable neoprene body, it is easy to wear this brace all day long. The adjustable straps allow for the brace to fit comfortably on both small or large legs. Enjoy improved circulation, comfortable stability, and extra support for any long or short-term recovery you’re dealing with. Buy Standard Knee Brace Here
Hinged Knee Brace
Our specialized hinged knee brace offers an extra level of support that is perfect if you are an athlete or active individual. It is the perfect option for MCL and ACL tears, as well as other common types of sprains and strains which have a high risk of re-injury. Sturdy aluminum hinges offer you plenty of medial and lateral support, while retaining a breathable and lightweight design. Buy Hinged Knee Brace Here
Patella Knee Straps
Featuring a low-profile design that allows you to retain a full range of motion during your favorite athletic activity, the Vive patella knee straps are versatile, comfortable, and highly effective. They work by placing firm compression on your kneecaps to alleviate pain from conditions like Osgood-Schlatter's disease, osteoarthritis, patellar tendonitis, chondromalacia, as well as runner and jumper's knee. Buy Patella Strap Knee Brace Here
Compression Knee Supports
Vive compression knee supports are designed to maximize flexibility and comfort, with a lightweight build you can wear discreetly beneath clothing. Machine washable and made of breathable, antimicrobial fabric, these braces remain some of the most versatile options for those suffering from mild tendonitis and common sprains and strains. Buy Compression Knee Sleeves Here
Our Best Knee Brace Recommendations for You!
Not sure what types of brace you're looking for? Whether you're interested in running, hiking, sports, or overcoming a particular injury, the perfect brace exists for you. Search some of the most common factors below, to find which brace or support we recommend for you.
Most Popular Knee Brace for Overall Support
Knee injuries come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll want to choose a brace that can relieve all the most common symptoms. Instability, swelling, and pain are all top concerns to watch out for. Be sure to find a brace that can protect against injury, while also staying lightweight and comfortable enough for everyday wear..
- Flexible and breathable neoprene
- Adjustable Velcro straps
- Sweat-wicking design
- Accommodates mild to medium support needs
Knee Brace for Running
If you are a frequent runner, you will be well aware of the constant strain placed on your knees and lower joints. The ideal brace for a runner is one that helps prevent chronic injuries sustained from repetitive impact, while also staying flexible and breathable. You’ll want an option that is ideal for managing swelling and soreness, with a slim body will never hamper your cardio regimen.
- Reduces swelling
- Lightweight and slim design
- Targeted stability on patellar tendon
- Accommodates mild to medium compression support
Knee Brace for Arthritis
The likelihood of suffering from arthritis in the knees only increases as we age. The best brace for you will be one that manages symptoms and prevents injury in the simplest way possible. While a sturdier brace might be better when protecting against acute injuries, they also may be too rigid and uncomfortable for continual wear. Look for mild compression and support to relieve your arthritis in comfort.
- Firm stability and targeted compression
- Lightweight and flexible
- Slim enough to wear under clothes discreetly
- Offers mild to moderate support
Best Knee Brace for Sports
If you’re an athlete, you know that the daily strain placed on joints demands heavy-duty support. Whether it's basketball, skiing or even golfing, a more stable brace is the perfect option to stand up to all your favorite activities. Whether you’re recovering from a serious tear and want to stay in the game, or want to prevent an injury, a brace with maximum support is the way to go.
- Removable support hinges
- Open patella design
- Strong, adjustable straps
- Offers medium to compression maximum support
Best Knee Brace for Working Out
Working out is a great way to strengthen muscles and protect against injuries for the long term. However if you regularly engage in strenuous exercise, you can be at risk of sprains or even muscle tears. While flexibility and comfort are always important, you’ll want to prioritize a design that is great at protecting against injury, and keeping your knee joint fully aligned. Be sure to have yours on hand next time you decide to visit the gym!
- Sturdy and lightweight support hinges
- Breathable fabric
- Anti-slip fasteners
- Offers medium to maximum compression support
Best Knee Brace for Walking or Hiking
You might not think walking poses as much of a risk as running or weightlifting, but the truth is unsupported knees can suffer during long-distance hikes. By pairing lightweight compression to the patellar tendon, you can get the protection you need in a small and portable brace. When you need a bit of extra support, simply slip them on and enjoy the improved joint protection they offer.
- Targeted support to the patellar tendon.
- Slim design that it easily packed away
- Non-slip design
- Offers mild to medium support
Best Knee Support for Compression
The benefits of compression are well known to athletes and doctors alike--from increased blood flow to reduced swelling. When looking for knee compression, you’ll want to consider a brace that provides stabilizing pressure with added comfort that you can take to the gym and office alike. After several days of use, it will prove to be the perfect answer to soreness and swelling around the knee.
- Antimicrobial fabric
- Machine washable design
- Snug, comfortable fit
- Offers mild to moderate support
Best Knee Brace for ACL or MCL Injury
When you’re recovering from a serious ACL or MCL tear, only the most durable and stable braces can ensure a safe recovery. Your long healing process will benefit from an open patella design that will allow the ailing joint to breathe and prevent sweat buildup. Removable support hinges are perfect for after your knee becomes more stable, allowing for increased comfort.
- Sturdy aluminum hinges
- Adjustable Velcro straps
- A soft, neoprene body
- Offers medium to maximum support
Knee Brace for Meniscus
Meniscus tears are another type of serious knee injury that can take weeks or months to heal completely. The key to overcoming your meniscus tear lies in providing the right support in the right area, so it can heal completely. Get customized compression with adjustable Velcro straps, so you can tailor your treatment to the severity of your injury.
- Sweat-wicking neoprene body
- Aluminum inserts to prevent lateral movement
- Designed to fit either leg
- Offers medium to maximum compression support
Other Tips for Knee Pain
While braces are a must-have for overcoming knee pain, they are most effective when used in conjunction with a range of other products. Try a few of the products below and build a comprehensive approach to lasting joint health.
A professional massage can do wonders for chronic pain, though it is often difficult to fit into most budgets and schedules. For a quick and inexpensive way to receive a thorough leg massage at home, try a massage ball set which can relieve tight muscles using variety of effective tools.
Applying a knee cold brace or large Gel ice pack can offer a number of helpful benefits to an ailing knee. Cold therapy helps constrict blood vessels and slow the flow of blood, which helps reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation. Ideally, cold therapy should only be used for up to twenty minutes at a time, to avoid damage to the surrounding area.
Stretches & Exercises
Sometimes, keeping your knees active is the best way to prevent against injury. To improve joint strength try loop resistance bands for a quick and effective leg workout, with resistance levels matched to your needs. Similarly, a stretch strap can be used to make yoga and other stretching exercises even more easy.
Try a pedal exerciser for a fast leg and knee workout while at your desk
Insoles and Orthotics
With knee pain, treating the source is your best bet at relief. Often times we find that customers overlook the importance of proper foot support and the effect that it can have on your knees, hips and even back. If you’re lacking adequate arch support in your shoes it may be the source of your knee pain. Wearing insoles or orthotic inserts is a great way to cushion, support & properly position your foot.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Have lingering questions about buying a new knee brace? See what others like you are asking.
How do I know if I need a knee brace?
If you're experiencing consistent knee pain, or are recovering from a condition like and ACL or MCL injury, the hinged knee braces provides more rigid protection and support to the knee joint while playing sports.
How do I properly fit my knee brace?
When putting on your brace for the first time, try the two finger test for a perfect fit. Start by adjusting the Velcro strap of your brace so it’s snug around your leg. Then, fit two fingers between the strap and your leg. If they don’t fit, the brace is too tight, if you can fit a third finger in the brace, then it’s too loose.
We also recommend taking the brace with you to your next doctor’s or physical therapy appointment to get a professional opinion and see that the knee brace fits properly.
Need More Help Deciding?
If you’re still unsure about which knee brace is right for you, our customer service and product experts are standing by to help! Get in touch via phone between 8:30am and 9pm EST daily at 1-800-487-3808 or email us at email@example.com