Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome & Runner's Knee Braces

Knee braces can help prevent or reduce the symptoms of Runner’s Knee and patellofemoral pain (PFPS). Runner’s knee often occurs due to a muscle imbalance, overuse, misalignment and more. Pain is usually felt under or around the knee cap especially when you bend your knees, walk/run, or use the stairs. Our bracing experts recommend the following braces for Runner’s Knee or Patellofemoral Pain which you can wear daily or during your next run to support your knee.

Need help selecting a brace for runner's knee? Use our guided tool, Brace Advisor, for recommendations based on the ideal runner's knee brace for you based on your level of activity and usage.

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    Reaction WEB Knee Brace

    Our best solution for anterior pain. Innovative design works to shift weight away from the painful areas in the knee. Read More
  • DonJoy

    Tru-Pull Lite

    Regular Price: $99.99

    Special Price $89.99

    Low-profile and extremely comfortable for mild to moderate patellar dislocations. Read More
  • DonJoy

    Lateral J Patella Stabilizer

    Regular Price: $54.99

    Special Price $50.59

    Stabilizes the kneecap to prevent dislocations and alleviate pain. Unique patented nylon core and polyester Lycra fabric, it allows for improved airflow while still giving ample support and compression. Read More

    DonJoy Performance

    Webtech Knee Strap

    Regular Price: $34.99

    Special Price $23.74

    Silicone band supports the Patellar Tendon for maximum pain relief Read More
  • DonJoy

    Trizone Knee Sleeve

    Multi-functional design simulates therapeutic taping for improved joint stability and added compression to treat all types of knee pain. Read More
  • DonJoy

    Deluxe Open Knee Sleeve

    4mm neoprene with open or closed popliteal and patella options Read More
  • DonJoy Performance

    Webtech Short Knee Brace

    Regular Price: $69.99

    Special Price $66.49

    Silicone web evenly distributes pressure to the Quad and Patellar Tendon Read More
  • DonJoy Performance

    Webtech Knee Brace

    Regular Price: $99.99

    Special Price $94.99

    Silicone web, a shock absorber is the answer for pain Read More

    DonJoy Performance

    Trizone Knee Sleeve

    Regular Price: $84.99

    Special Price $80.74

    Combining bracing and compression into one low-profile sleeve Read More
  • Applies the right amount of pressure where it's needed to relieve pain Read More
  • DonJoy Performance

    Dual Pinpoint Knee Strap

    Dual strap that alleviates quad pressure and patellar pain due to jumper’s knee or runner’s knee. Read More
  • DonJoy Performance

    Anaform PinPoint Knee Strap

    Designed to alleviate pressure placed on the patella tendon. Read More

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Preventing and Treating Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee also known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is a common ailment among runners but can also affect individuals involved in activities that require a lot of bending of the knee. It often affects young, otherwise health athletes. A few ways to prevent Runner’s Knee include increasing mileage slowly for beginner runners training for their first race, focusing on building strength in the quads, hips, and glutes, ensure you have proper arch support, run on soft surfaces like dirt, trail or grass instead of sidewalks or asphalt, and wearing a knee brace to help support the patella.

The best way to treat runner’s knee is to rest as soon as you feel any pain with special attention to avoid weight-bearing exercises. Icing your knee if you feel pain and after workouts can help reduce inflammation, pain and swelling. Compression is key to giving your knee the added support you need. A compression knee sleeve is perfect in this case. If you do continue to participate in activity or feel pain through daily movement, wear a recommend knee brace specific for supporting runner’s knee. If your knee pain does not go away, seek a physician or physical therapist who may recommend a strength program and stretching exercises to help you cure runner’s knee.

The best low-profile brace for Runner’s Knee is our DonJoy Performance Webtech Strap and our DonJoy Cross Strap which applies pressure on the patellar tendon to help relieve pain. Need more help? Find out which type of runner's knee brace is right for you.

Learn More: Guide to Running Injuries | About Runner's Knee | Knee Strengthening Exercises | Fix Runner's Knee

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