Why Do I Need This Plus Size Knee Brace for Obesity Knee Joint Pain and Arthritis Treatment?
Every pound of body weight adds about five pounds of force on your knee joint. So, it’s not surprising that being overweight increases your risk of experiencing knee-related injuries and can cause your knees to wear out faster than they might otherwise. For example, research shows being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk of suffering from osteoarthritis or the acceleration of existing arthritis.
Unfortunately, obesity-related knee pain can make it difficult to exercise or play sports, which along with a healthy diet is very important for fat / weight loss. This plus-size, arthritic knee brace helps address this problem as it adds support to your knee and reduces stress on your knee.
This medical knee brace helps manage pain from a number of knee conditions, including:
Muscle weakness or injury
Knee osteoarthritis (bone on bone contact)
4 Reasons People Love This Big and Tall Knee Brace For Large Legs
Lightweight, Moisture-Wicking Material
This plus size knee brace is constructed out of a latex-free, neoprene alternative material. If you find solid neoprene knee supports or tommie copper knee braces sweaty and uncomfortable, this knee brace is a more breathable and comfortable alternative to wear.
Open Patella and Popliteal Design
This knee brace was designed with openings around your patella (kneecap) and popliteal (back of knee) for comfortable, extended use among overweight, obese, and morbidly obese patients.
The open patella (kneecap) design eliminates pressure over your sore kneecap, increases mobility, and reduces sweat build up, while still providing support around your kneecap.
The cut out behind your knee (popliteal) is a subtle feature, which increases mobility, prevents bunching behind your knee, and reduces excessive rubbing as you move.
Heavy Duty Hinges
The heavy duty, side hinges provide medial and lateral stability to your knee and limit your range of motion in the side-to-side direction. Side-to-side movements can lead to LCL (lateral collateral ligament) or MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears, which are the ligaments that run up the sides of your knee joints.
What if I don’t need additional support on the medial and lateral sides of my knee?
This type knee brace is fairly unique in that you can actually remove the metal hinges, which effectively turns it into a nice lightweight wrap that offers a little bit of support, but not as much as when the hinges are in.
Wrap-Around Design for Easy Application
This support for bad knees features a simple wrap-around design, which makes it a breeze to put on and take off, according to reviews. Plus, the Velcro straps are durable and adjustable, so you can adjust your brace to a custom fit after you select the size that works best for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About This Extra Large Knee Brace
Who can wear it? With sizes ranging from L-6XL, this knee brace fits overweight to morbidly obese men and women.
How do I know what size to get? Using a fabric tape measure, measure the circumference of your leg 6” above the center of your kneecap and 6” below the center of your kneecap. To get the most accurate measurements, we recommend having a close family member or friend assist you. Refer to our sizing graphic in the pictures above to choose the right size.
What conditions does this bariatric knee brace treat? This brace helps ease pain from degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), muscle / ligament weakness or injury, medial / lateral instability, meniscus tears, post-surgery recovery, and general obesity knee joint pain.
- How do I put on this knee wrap?
- Open knee wrap and all straps
- Position wrap with openings around your kneecap (patella) and at the back of your knee (popliteal) - (The BraceAbility brand logo should be on the front of your leg above your kneecap)
- Fasten the Velcro strap around your calf first
- Then, fasten the remaining Velcro strap around your thigh
Can I wear this support over my pants? Yes, if necessary
How tall is this orthopedic knee brace? 13”
What material is this knee stabilizer made of? Latex-free, 1/4” thick, padded neoprene alternative material
When should I wear this knee brace? This knee brace can be comfortably worn all day while sitting, standing, and during mild physical activity. However, you should consult with your doctor before wearing any compression knee brace for extended periods of time, such as sleeping.
Washing Instructions: Remove metal stays, close all Velcro closures and hand wash in warm water with mild soap. Air dry completely for about 24 hours.
- Other Features:
- Removable medial and lateral hinges.
- Wrap-around design.