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Archive for July 6th, 2018

 

We get asked all the time about the best knee brace for treating knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.  So what is the best knee brace for OA?

Unfortunately, there isn’t one perfect knee brace that will treat every arthritic knee.  Every person is different.  The size of the leg is important, both in length and width.  A tall person with thin legs will require a different brace than someone who is short and stout.  It’s easier to keep a knee brace in place on a muscular leg than it is a soft fleshy one.  How hard or soft a leg is can be an important determination.  The location of the knee pain is a consideration.  Arthritis on the inside of the knee requires a different type of brace than arthritis on the outside of the knee.  Cosmetic appearance matters more to some people than to others, but it also plays a role in selecting knee braces.

There are custom and off-the-shelf knee braces for OA.  Custom knee braces for osteoarthritis are overkill for the vast majority of patients.  Custom knee braces can be made from a variety of materials.  In fact the manufacturers of custom knee braces often just modify their off-the-shelf models and call them custom.  Beware of being taken advantage of.  If you are getting a custom knee brace make sure to ask how the brace is being made.  These knee braces cost over $1200.  Patients need to ensure it is truly custom, and not just molded to a patient model with rubber bands.  Custom knee braces are for patients who are obese, or have unique anatomy.  Just about all the rest of the OA knee brace wearing public will do just fine in an off-the-shelf model.

How do you know which knee brace is right for you?  Your doctor can help but probably doesn’t know all the types of knee braces that are available.  A certified orthotist is really your best bet for determining what brace is right for you.  You can find a certified orthotist here.  Certified orthotists are licensed and educated in bracing.  It’s their specialty.

The Stride OA does a good job treating a wide range of patients.  It is adjustable so it can fit different leg sizes.  The Stride OA can treat either medial or lateral OA and is farily simple to put on.  To get the best result with the Stride OA patients should be measured and fit by a certified orthotist.