Patellar Tendon Straps


Find the Best Knee Strap for Your Needs

Knee Strap vs. Knee Brace

Knee injuries are a relatively common occurrence—especially among those who participate in athletic activity. The good news is that many dealing with such injuries can find relief either from wearing a patella strap or a knee brace. See BraceAbility’s full line of sports orthotics.  

The advantages of wearing knee straps over full knee braces are numerous. Generally speaking, they are less bulky, less restrictive and provide a cooler, easier-to-adjust fit. They are often less expensive, as well.

On the flip side, some injuries or individuals need the increased support of the brace or possibly even the compression they provide.

Runners’ Knee Strap

Runners’ knee refers to a number of conditions that cause pain around the knee, including chondromalacia (excessive wear of the knee’s cartilage) and patella femoral pain syndrome (irritation of the soft tissue at the front of the knee). Plus, injuries to other areas of the knee are possible—consider, for instance, a side of knee injury such as Iliotibial band irritation.

BraceAbility stocks several products that will work well as a knee strap for running. For a bit more support, one might consider the aforementioned Knee-O-Trakker Patellar Tendonitis Brace. This running knee strap features a versatile strapping system that provides support above and below the patella for dynamic treatment. Thanks to its multi-strap design, this also functions as an IT band knee strap. The c-shaped buttress aids with patella tracking.

For added convenience one can choose between a latex-free neoprene or CoolTex moisture-wicking material with this dual action knee strap. As is the case with many of BraceAbility’s knee support straps, this orthotic works well for other injuries/conditions as well, such as patellar subluxation, patella tracking disorders or jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis).

BraceAbility also offers some lower-profile knee straps for running. The slim design of this knee strap for running means it will not interfere with one’s activity. And the runner knee strap is able to compress the patellar tendon without constricting blood flow thanks to a specially molded foam pad.

Jumpers’ Knee Strap

Patellar tendonitis, which is also known as jumper’s knee since jumping is often to blame for this affliction, refers to tiny tears to the patella tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone. If one does not address this condition, the damage will compound, escalating the discomfort and the risk of a complete patella tendon tear. Knee straps for basketball and other sports involving jumping or kicking motions can help as they divert pressure away from the knee.

This jumper knee strap is BraceAbility’s most popular patella knee strap, which speaks to its effectiveness as well as its user-friendly price tag. This patellar knee strap also works well for treating patella femoral arthritis.

The D-ring shape of this jumpers’ knee strap, which can easily be adjusted via its Velcro closure, along with its pressure pad make this patellar tendonitis knee strap highly effective. And as appropriate for a sports knee strap, this tendonitis knee strap is machine-washable.

Another option for patella tendonitis treatment or runners’ knee injuries is the knee support strap which features a unique v-notch design that applies gentle pressure to the patella tendon. This makes it ideal for treatment of minor knee pain stemming from tendonitis or chondromalacia.

The knee pain strap is constructed of a rigid plastic notch, a neoprene pad and contact closure for easy application and adjustment.

See more jumpers’ knee straps and braces.

Weight Lifting Knee Straps

A patella support strap can also help when dealing with injuries sustained during weight lifting or for preventing them from occurring in the first place. When one considers that squats put 7.5 more force on the back of the knee cap than usual, it is not surprising that kneecap problems sometimes arise as a result, including tendinitis, patella femoral pain syndrome or chondromalacia.

In such instances, wearing knee straps for squats and other lifts can be a smart choice. The textured, C-shaped buttress helps the kneecap track as it should and the three layers of straps above, at and below the knee cap provide dynamic treatment and adjustable tension control. The tilt strap of this knee strap brace also encourages proper tracking of the patella.

Osgood Schlatter Strap

Osgood Schlatter disease is one that afflicts children, adding to the many joys of puberty and growth spurts. This condition is characterized by the formation of a painful lump just below the kneecap. While this condition typically resolves itself when the child’s bones stop growing, there are some steps one can take to relieve pain associated with Osgood Schlatter disease in the meantime. These include taking pain killers, engaging in physical therapy, resting the joint, icing the area or tacking the patellar tendon down with a knee patella strap.

The Osgood Schlatters strap is a pull-up design that encourages compliance in addition to keeping the patella from moving too much. The durable neoprene of the knee strap support provides tension control at the problematic tendon.

The strap knee support works similarly but it features an easy-to-adjust Velcro closure. Both of these knee straps for Osgood Schlatters and other conditions are constructed of neoprene that is durable but soft. Another advantage of these and most knee straps is the low-profile fit.