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What do the support levels mean?
Mild support braces are ideal if you want a little extra support or have minor pain when you're going about your daily activities like walking, running errands, or working. Braces that offer a mild level of support are typically lightweight and easy to wear as you go about your daily activities. When you wear a mild support you'll enjoy the benefits of compression, warmth and a small amount of stability.
Moderate support braces are ideal for active individuals and athletes who participate in sports and are recovering from an injury or trying to prevent an old injury from recurring. These braces are designed to include extra support in the way of hinges, stays, or straps. Moderate support braces can be slightly bulkier to wear, but the added stability and protection provided makes it worth the tradeoff.
Maximum support braces are meant for individuals recovering from surgery or a serious injury or participate in sports like skiing, football, or motocross. Typically manufactured out of rigid materials these braces are designed to provide the maximum amount of protection and stability. Maximum support braces are the best option for someone experiencing moderate to severe pain or wants to prevent an injury during sports.