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Economy Hinged Knee


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Designed to support a MCL/LCL injury and protect the knee.

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Is the DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee right for me?

Whether you have a MCL/LCL injury or general knee pain due to mild arthritis, previous meniscus tear, contusions or patella instability, the DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee delivers light support to the knee during daily activities, twisting and side to side movements. Designed with unexposed, padded hinges, this brace is ideal for individuals who don't want to wear a rigid brace or for athletes who participate in sports that aren't allowed to wear one, like wrestling, rugby or youth soccer.

Designed to support and protect:

  • Protect ligaments from re-injury
  • Help reduce swelling due to injury
  • Ease pain associated to ligament instabilities
  • Help prevent injury when participating in sports

Best for:

  • Protection and prevention for MCL/LCL ligament injuries or instabilities
  • Day-to-day activities: Work, errands, walking
  • Sports: Football, volleyball, cheerleading, soccer, tennis

Features & Benefits

For anyone who needs mild support for MCL/LCL injuries, or general knee pain due to mild arthritis, previous meniscus tear, contusions or patella instability, the DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee offers:

  • Polycentric hinge with 10-3/4" aluminum uprights
  • Removable hinges
  • Neoprene or Drytex material available
  • Popliteal cutout behind the knee to avoid bunching up behind your knee
  • Buttress available for anyone with patella instability
  • Light and durable
  • Sleeve or wraparound option
  • Thigh and calf straps provide additional support for any activity
  • Easy to apply and fit

About the DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee

Offered in a wraparound or sleeve option, the DonJoy Economy Hinge Knee brace is designed to give your knee mild medial-lateral stability. The wraparound style makes it easy to fit any size/shape leg. This brace is ideal for individuals with mild MCL, LCL or PCL injuries, arthritis, previous meniscus tear, contusions or patella instability. It's also suitable for people who've had surgery on their knee recently and athletes who participate in contact sports. The neoprene and drytex (only available with the wraparound style) material makes this brace breathable and comfortable for all-day wear. Can be ordered with a popliteal cutout behind the knee where the brace material has been removed in an oval cutout to reduce bunching up of material behind the knee.

DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee Care

After usage, we recommend you remove the uprights, then rinse with fresh, clean water and let it air dry.

View all DonJoy knee braces or our full selection of MCL/LCL braces.

Size Chart & Fit Help

Take the measurement of your thigh and calf 6" above and below your kneecap using a flexible type tape measure.  Use the diameter you measure here to choose your size.

    Size Thigh Knee Center Calf
    XS 13" - 15 1/2" 12"-13" 10"-12"
    S 15 1/2" - 18 1/2" 13"-14" 12"-14"
    M 18 1/2"- 21" 14"-15" 14"-16"
    L 21"- 23 1/2" 15"-17" 16"-18"
    XL 23 1/2" - 26 1/2" 17"-19" 18"-20"
    XXL 26 1/2" - 29 1/2" 19"-21" 20"-22"
    XXXL 29 1/2" -32" 21" -23" 22" -24

    Center Knee 1.Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and leg muscles contracted.
    6 in Above 2. Measure up six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown.
    Thig Circle 3. Measure the circumference of your thigh at the 6-inch mark, as shown.
    6 in below 4. Measure down six inches from the center of your knee with a tape measure, as shown. Then measure the circumference of your calf at the 6-inch mark.


Product Questions (17)

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DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee

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  • Peter at 8/23/2016 7:47 AM
    • I want to know whether the Economy Hinged Knee Brace can be helpful in preventing Hyperextension.
    • The Economy hinged knee brace ships with a 10 degree extension stop installed in the hinged. This feature prevents hyperextension, and is removable if not desired.
  • Karen at 8/15/2016 11:21 AM
    • Are these braces made for use on either leg or do I have to choose for right or left
    • The DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee can be worn on either leg.
  • Sally at 5/5/2016 3:52 PM
    • what is the difference between a open or closed popliteal and a sleeve or wrap around for this brace?
    • The popliteal space is located behind the knee so the brace can either come with an opening in that area or can be closed. A sleeve is slid up over the foot and ankle to the knee and the wrap around has velcro closures in front so the brace wraps around the leg and is closed by that velcro in the front of the leg.
  • Brooke at 3/2/2016 8:42 PM
    • I have an old ACL injury and I have yet to have surgery to correct it. It is completely gone and I am looking for a brace to help as much as possible while I exercise. Although I know there is no brace that will completely support my knee, what brace would be best when working out? The most Cardio I am able to do is the elliptical!
    • The Playmaker II knee brace will offer mild to moderate support for the knee and is still not as bulky as a rigid knee brace. A brace like this sould give you enough support for doing an activity such as the elliptical.
  • Emily at 2/22/2016 6:36 PM
    • I recently hyperextended my knee and my old brace broke, so I am looking for a new brace. I am unsure what size to get!

      Thigh: 25
      Knee Center: 16.5
      Calf: 18
    • Your measurments fit into the XL size
  • Keisha at 2/17/2016 4:25 PM
    • I recently had reconstructive surgery on my ACL and meniscus. Which knee brace would you recommend for playing basketball? Preferably one that is less than $100?
    • If you want to play basketball after ACL reconstruction you will need a functional rigid knee brace. The least expensive brace would be the SE-4 Knee brace. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-legend-se-4-knee-brace
  • Ryan at 2/13/2016 2:50 PM
    • Hi, I have a 20.5" thigh, 16" knee, and 16" calf. What size do you recommend ?
    • I would recommend the medium
  • Dan at 12/24/2015 3:45 PM
    • YourDOnJoy Econo Hinged Knee Brace was recommended by my therapist, but my measurements are:
      Knee Center: 16 1/2"
      Thigh: 18"
      Calf: 15"
      Not sure what size to go with?

    • you can try getting the wrap around brace in a medium. Your knee is large but you could fit into the thigh and calf medium
  • Brad at 12/8/2015 5:33 AM
    • Hi,

      I'm trying to understand the ordering options. Does the Sleeve option also have straps? Which option would be better for soccer, wrap around or sleeve?


    • Both the sleeve and the wrap around have straps but if you ae playing soccer in the brace it would be best to get the sleeve. Since you will be doing a lot of running in the brace the sleeve would stay up better on the leg.
  • YX at 11/18/2015 12:13 PM
    • I had an ACL reconstruction in 2005 and unfortunately tore the graft & medial meniscus recently. I will be undergoing surgery in December 2015. While my orthopedist provided a brace to restrict movement post-surgery, the material and make of the brace do not seem too great. I am looking to purchase a brace to be worn when I am active to prevent re-injury (after I wear the brace provided for 4 weeks post-surgery to restrict movement).

      After doing some research, my understanding of my options are as follows: (1) Economy Hinged Knee Brace, (2) Deluxe Hinged Knee brace, (3) Playmaker II, (4) Playmaker II with Fourcepoint hinge and (5) Reaction Web knee brace. Is that accurate? And which brace would you recommend for running / hiking / plyometric exercises?

      Thanks a lot!!
    • After a ACL reconstruction you will want to wear a rigid functional knee brace while doing activities. The best brace is the Defiance Custom Knee brace. The Defiance is our best ACL brace and it has clinically proven fourcepoint hinge and our 4 points of leverage strapping system that will help prevent re-tear of the ACL. If you would like a off-the -shelf alternative, then look at the Full force Ligament knee brace. It has all of the same features as the Defiance but is not custom made. All of the braces you listed would not be appropriate
      https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-defiance-iii-custom-knee-brace https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace
  • Karen at 11/10/2015 3:56 PM
    • My knee measurements are: knee 12 1//8, above 16 1/4, below 11 3/8. Should I order XS or S of the wrap around Donjoy Economy Hinged Knee Brace?
    • Karen
      I would suggest ordering the XS
  • Maura at 9/18/2015 1:12 AM
    • What's the difference between the economy hinged and the deluxe hinged brace
    • Maura
      The hinges on the Deluxe Knee are bigger and can be adjusted with stops(not with brace) to restric tknee range of motion. The economy does not have that capability
  • Eileen at 8/11/2015 4:54 AM
    • I am and equestrian and have a torn ACL and medial meniscus. I am also in my mid 50s and have not decided as to whether I will have surgery or not.

      I am buying a Playmaker II for barn work, but I am also looking for a brace with a mild support to wear over my breeches while riding. I only ride dressage (no jumping or putting weight in the stirrups) and do not want anything that will "get in the way" or rub my saddle.

      What would you recommend?
    • You are on the right track with the DonJoy Economy Hinged Knee will give you a more mild to somewhat moderate level of support for your ACL and meniscus, and because the hinges are located on the inside of the brace, they should not cause any damage to your saddle or discomfort to you.
  • Alvin at 8/5/2015 12:08 PM
    • What is the difference in the neoprene and
      Drytex materials.
    • Alvin
      The Drytex is a cooler alternative than neoprene, softer material
  • Rachel at 5/6/2015 5:36 PM
    • I have had surgery on my knee to repair a torn meniscus, and since have suffered chronic knee pain, and weakness. would this be a good brace?
    • Rachel
      Yes this brace would be a good choice to provide your knee support after the surgery. It has two hinges to give the medial and lateral support and also prevent the knee from twisting some what
  • NATALIE at 4/12/2015 10:38 AM
    • I have had my left knee reconstructed and medial meniscus removed. I have re-torn the ACL and am looking for a brace to stabilize my knee when being active with aerobics, walking etc. Would you recommend this for someone with my knee?
    • Natalie
      Since you re-tore your ACL you will need to wear a rigid ACL brace for activities such as aerobics. The Don Joy Full Force Ligament knee brace is light weight, low profile and has our patented Fource Point hinge for ACL protection. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-fullfource-ligament-knee-brace A simple hinged knee brace will not give you the protection that you need.
  • June at 3/15/2015 2:12 PM
    • Do you have any knee braces like this one that are not hinged?
    • June
      A brace without hinges would be one of our knee sleeves. The sleeves however do not have any straps. Another option is the Performer knee brace , but it does have a buttress around the kneecap. https://www.betterbraces.com/donjoy-performer-patella-knee-support The hinges in the economy hinged knee brace can be removed
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    Good brace

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    Was advised to select a medium size, after 3 weeks plus of wear I find that a small would have been better as the medium size stretched. I would guess that after that much use I could not return for a smaller size??
    Posted on September 15, 2016
    Hi Bob, we have a 30-day return policy. Learn more about our return policy here: https://www.betterbraces.com/returns Thank you, Customer Service
    24 Jan, 2017

    Exact same brace that I got from my doctor but much cheaper.

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    I like the brace for the most part but it is not as durable as I would like. My first one I have had to repair in several places. The enclosed area which contains the metal side braces tore through after only having it a short time which allowed the metal to come outside the padding. I was able to make one repair to close the tear in the fabric. The other thing that could use improvement on this brace is the stitching on the velcro. This is another item I have had to restitch as the seam started coming loose. Another design issue they could improve on is the fact it has a tendency to slide down the leg. Perhaps the company could find a solution to that too.
    Hi Ms. CJ, thank you for your feedback. We will pass your suggestions over to our product team. -Customer Service
    Posted on November 9, 2016

    All in all, I would recommend this hinge due to comfort and price. It does lack a durability as the hinge wears through the hinge sleeve quickly

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    I very much like the enclosed hinge idea. This eliminates the Velcro problem I ALWAYS have with the exposed pivot point style. My only complaints are the straps only attach at one point which tends to leave me fiddling with the lower one over my foot. The real area that could use improvement is the hinge sleeve needs reinforcing at the ends. The top of the inside hinge sleeve wore through fairly quickly leaving the end of the hinge to jab me in the leg. Ouch.
    Posted on November 1, 2016

    Good design but not durable

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    I bought this brace for my knee 2 or 3 times in the past. I liked the design of the brace but the hinges have a tendency to tear through the end of the fabric. It did this about 3 days after I bought it. The brace I bought this time was not stitched nearly as well as the ones I bought in the past in this same model. I have had to reinforce each end with strips of fabric to keep the hinges from poking out. The quality of this brace has really gone down from others I have had in the past even though the would do the same thing after wearing them a while. It does provide good support and I do like the velcro closure and open back. I think the company needs to work on fabric and stitching improvements at the ends of the metal hinges. If they would do this I would give it an excellent rating. The one I got from the company looked like one that had been returned once already and I probably should have sent it back when it started coming unstitched. If it happens to another one again it will be returned if I buy another one.
    Pros: Good support and adjustable with open back. Lighter than most others.
    Cons: Very poor quality stitching and fabric at the ends of the metal hinges. Started coming apart after 3 days use. If you can't repair it don't buy it.
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    Posted on November 18, 2018

    Needs better strap.

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    Great quality and good design. My issue is the straps. It is very hard to make it tight enough to stay on. If the straps went through a buckle and pulled back to velcro closed it would be a great design.
    Hi Tony, thanks for your feedback. We will send your feedback to our product team. -Customer Service
    Posted on September 10, 2016

    Love it and would recommend!

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    Love the brace! I have an MCL strain, the brace gives me confidence while working out. Anyone that has had one it takes a long time to heal and even longer for the mental to go away. Love the way I can wrap the brace on and off. I had the sleeve and it was miserable to take on and off daily.
    Posted on September 13, 2016


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    Very helpful customer support. Brace has been very helpful!
    Posted on July 13, 2016
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    It's a somewhat good product. If it would have not torn.
    Pros: It help my knee
    Cons: It tore
    Share Your Usage: Daily Use
    Posted on February 1, 2018
    Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear about the issues you are encountering. Most products have a 6 month warranty from the date of purchase against defects in materials and workmanship. Normal wear and tear during the usage of a product is not considered a defect. Please contact customer service for assistance on checking whether your product is under the warranty. Thank you, Customer Service 800-553-6019
    06 Feb, 2018

    Very solid

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    I purchased to wear (temporarily I hope) under my hockey gear. It worked well and was nowhere near as cumbersome as I'd feared it would be.
    Pros: Stable, strong and surprisingly comfortable. Also lightweight and worked under hockey shin guards.
    Share Your Usage: Preventing Injury, Sports, Recovering from Injury
    Posted on January 10, 2018

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