Runners Knee Treatment


Runners’ knee is a general term referring to a wide number of conditions that cause knee pain. And this term is not exclusive to running. Any activity that requires frequent bending of the knee can cause the pain around the knee cap, swelling, grinding or popping sensation associated with runners’ knee. Learn more about this and how to treat a sore knee from running.

Considering that runners’ knee actually refers to a number of conditions with causes ranging from overuse to trauma to misalignment to flat feet or weak thigh muscles, BraceAbility offers a variety of knee braces for runners and for treating runners’ knee.

Knee Brace for Running

BraceAbility stocks a number of knee braces for running. One that many have dubbed the best knee brace for running and other types athletic activity is the Incredibrace Compression Athletic Bamboo Charcoal Knee Sleeve.

Why is this one of the best knee braces for running? Well for one, this is our top-selling runner’s knee brace. This is in part thanks to the fact the unique bamboo, charcoal and geranium blend of the fabric increases blood and oxygen flow. This helps reduce swelling in a more timely fashion and promotes healing. This also eases pain.

The compression material of this running knee brace is also moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, odor-wicking and lightweight. All of these qualities are ideal for athletic activity.

Another “feature” that makes this the best knee support for runners is its surprisingly affordable price tag.

Alternatively, one might check out the Bort Open Patella Knee Support Brace for Bursitis. Besides its open patella design that reduces pressure on the kneecap, this runners’ knee brace also has pads on either side of the patella for compression and support. There are also splints on either side of the knee aimed at protecting the ligaments.

Another top selling knee support for runners is the Bauerfeind GenuTrain P3 Patella Knee Support. Many consider this the best running knee brace because it promotes healing while easing swelling and pain. This product for runner’s knee treatment has strategically placed silicone massage pads aimed at easing pain and applying compression. There is also an adjustable correction strap for stabilizing the patella.

And because this running knee support is designed with an active individual in mind, the brace is designed to guard against migration. Plus the knitted material of this knee brace for runner’s knee is lightweight, breathable and machine-washable.

Low-profile Runners’ Knee Treatment

Nobody wants to wear a bulky knee support for running. The Corflex Sweat-Resistant Exercise Knee Brace for Working Out & Jogging is a short runner knee brace specifically designed for the active individual. One important selling point is its sweat resistant quality.

In terms of function, this knee brace running aid has a c-shaped buttress and a versatile strapping system that supports and guides the kneecap. This treatment for runner’s knee is therefore ideal for patella tendon injuries as well as kneecap troubles such as patella sublaxation or patella-femoral syndrome.

BraceAbility also offers a short runner knee support for children. Children are increasingly involved in sports and with that there has been a rise in injuries. The BraceAbility Kids Patella Knee Support Brace for Children stabilizes the knee and ensures dynamic patella tracking. This youth’s knee support for runners’ knee is also easy to apply. Check out BraceAbility’s full line of pediatric braces.

Knee Band for Running Knee Pain Treatment

An even less restrictive knee support running option is wearing one of the many knee straps or knee bands BraceAbility sells. These knee straps for running are aimed at treating discomfort stemming from the patellar tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone. Therefore, these knee bands for runners are also a good solution for treating jumpers’ knee or patella tendonitis, which also involve overstressing this tendon. Learn more about the condition.

The most popular of these is the Bort Patella Tendon Jumper's Knee Strap. This runners’ knee band consists of a D-ring strap with a Velcro closure and a pressure pad for easing discomfort.

A similar but slightly more affordable knee strap for running and jumping is the DeRoyal Osgood Schlatters Band Patella Strap. The durable neoprene provides tension control to the patellar tendon. It features bi-lateral strapping and a pull-up design. These features of the running knee band prevent it from shifting out of position.

The Corflex Knee-O-Band Jumpers & Runners Knee Strap is a similar running knee strap for treating Osgood Schlatters as well as patellar tendonitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.

The Cramer Chondromalacia Patella Strap is designed with treatment of inflammation at the underside of the patella in mind (known as chondromalacia). This is one of the many possible injuries resulting from running. This knee strap for runners’ knee uses a molded foam pad that is specifically shaped to compress the patellar tendon.

Knee Pain Running Treatment

Sometimes knee pain from running treatment requires more rather than less restriction for a period of time. In such instances, one might consider the popular Corflex 13" CoolTex U-Shaped Patella Stabilizer Brace. Many consider this one of the best runners’ knee brace products thanks to the multi-faceted support the brace provides.

This brace for runners’ knee has a u-shaped patella stabilizer for treatment for runners’ knee and other injuries. The rigid knee brace for runners’ knee care stabilizes the ligaments and tendons of the knee while ensuring the patella is positioned correctly. Bariatric sizes of this runners’ knee support are also available. Check out BraceAbility’s full line of bariatric supports.

Another option for a bit more support when it comes to runner knee treatment is the DeRoyal Full Length Patella Stabilizer Knee Brace - Neoprene. Like a number of the aforementioned running knee braces, this knee brace for runners has an open patella design.

Its buttress is constructed of neoprene that applies compression and warmth to reduce swelling and promote healing and a unique strapping system for keeping the patella tracking properly. See more braces for patella dysfunction.

Hinged Knee Brace for Running

A hinged knee brace for running protects against side to side motions of the knee while permitting up and down motions. Plus the material of such braces often provides warmth and compression to the knee. See more hinged knee braces.

The Corflex Knee-O-Trakker Hinged Short Runners Knee Brace for Running Pain is designed with treatment of knee pain stemming from the patella in mind. The knee brace runners’ knee product has a c-shaped buttress and strapping aimed at treating patella sublaxation, patella tendon injuries or patellofemoral syndrome.

The buttress of this knee brace for treating knee pain from running is made of textured neoprene that is compression molded and latex-free.

A lower-profile knee running brace option for the aforementioned conditions is the Corflex Knee-O-Trakker Hinged Patellar Tendonitis Brace. Wearing this short, hinged knee support while running protects against patella sublaxation, promotes proper patella tracking and tacks down the patella tendon to protect against patella tendonitis.

A feature that sets it apart from other runners’ knee braces is that it is made of Corflex’s patented CoolTex moisture-wicking material. This has obvious benefits when one is running with a knee brace.

How to Treat Runners Knee

Exactly how to treat knee pain from running will vary depending upon the diagnosis and the individual, but it is probably a good bet care will include following the steps of rest, ice, compress and elevate (RICE).

And of course the best runners’ knee pain treatment is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This involves warming up and stretching before engaging in activity and gradually working up to increases in distance or intensity. It is also important to pay attention to any pain—these are warning signals that should be heeded.

Another important element for prevention or runner knee treatments is to wear supportive running shoes. Knee pain does not always stem from the knee itself. Flat fleet, overpronation or an unusual gait, for instance, can all cause knee problems.

For this reason, attention to running shoes’ knee support is important. Many stores have tools and people that can help one find the best running shoes for knee support. This might involve analysis of one’s gait, pressure points and what sort of running he or she does.  

BraceAbility offers several other compression products that can help with circulation, warmth and reducing lactic acid buildup while one is running. These include the following: