Knee Braces for Military

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

Ever since my own knee injury I’ve been much more aware of how our actions affect our joints. I have several friends who are military veterans. One friend in particular spent time in advanced training jumping out of airplanes. The long-term effects of the forceful impact on his legs when hitting the ground (combined with years of football and other sports) have left him with residual pain in his knees. The pain became almost intolerable when he set out on his evening jogs.

After all the research I had done for my own knee, I suggested that he ask his doctor if wearing a knee strap may help with his knee pain. His doctor gave him the green light to wear a knee brace, so I recommended that he try out the DonJoy Cross Strap. It’s a knee strap that’s designed to add gentle compression around the patellar tendon and minimize unnatural movement in the knee.

I recently checked in with my friend and he said that with the DonJoy Cross Strap he has no knee pain when running.  He said that it feels like it holds everything in place and that it’s boosted his confidence as a runner as well. Wow! It makes me feel great to know that I was able to help him out.

If you experience knee pain when running, check with your doctor to see if a knee strap is right for you. It could reduce or even eliminate discomfort when running!

Best Knee Braces for Runners

Most runners experience knee pain or injury at some point in their life. The continuous force between your legs and the ground puts strain on the cartilage and ligaments that support the knees. In addition to proper conditioning, supportive shoes, and running on softer surfaces, running knee braces can help prevent or alleviate knee pain. Here are some of the best knee braces for runners:

  • DonJoy Cross Strap – This running knee band provides pain relief without restricting movement while running. It applies pressure to the patellar tendon, which helps hold the tendon in place during impact between your foot and the ground. Very comfortable and easy to put on.
  • DonJoy Performer Knee Brace – This running knee brace provides maximum protection for runners. It has a sewn-in pad for additional knee support, and straps to hold your calf and thighs in their natural range of motion.
  • DonJoy Elastic Knee Sleeve – This running knee sleeve comes with metal supports running vertically down either side of the knee. This helps prevent the knee from moving incorrectly side to side. The sleeve is made of breathable, lightweight elastic for a comfortable fit.

Next time you go out on a jog remember to keep your body safe with a knee brace for running!