Short & Lightweight Patella Tracking Brace for Runner's Kneecap Pain, Dislocation & Subluxation

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Why You Need This Short Knee Brace for Patellar Tracking

Every day, your knees experience a lot of stress, especially if you’re an athlete. Over time, this stress can take a toll on the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bone that make up your knee joints, causing them to be susceptible to pain and injuries.

This versatile, lightweight knee stabilizer provides maximum support to your unstable patella (kneecap). Although it’s short, thin, and lightweight enough to be worn under clothes so you can maintain your day-to-day activities without interference, this patella brace protects against knee instability and pain, as well as further damage and injury.

These qualities and more make this support brace great for treating many knee conditions that cause patellar tracking issues and kneecap pain, including:

5 Reasons Why People Love This Lightweight Knee Brace for Running

This exercise knee support has several features that help it stand out from other short knee braces. Following we list the top five reasons people love this knee brace for running, climbing stairs, jogging, walking, and more.

  1. Lightweight, Heat-Releasing Material

The 3/16” thick moisture-wicking material is lightweight and specially engineered out of a latex-free, neoprene alternative. Making this knee support for running smooth, soft, and very breathable.

  1. C-Shaped Buttress for Enhanced Support

The buttress of this sleek knee compression sleeve stabilizes your knee, which is especially helpful if you’re in need of knee support while walking downhill or uphill, running on uneven surfaces, such as while hiking or trail running.

The C-shaped buttress is compression molded and textured, helping prevent it from sliding out of position. Plus, by simply flipping this knee brace, the C-shaped buttress can be easily adjusted for either lateral (outside) or medial (inside) knee support.

c-shaped buttress for lightweight knee pain

  1. Best Knee Brace for Sports, Including Dance, Gymnastics, and More

Many people who subject their knees to high levels of stress, such as dancers, basketball players, or avid runners, choose to wear a knee brace while exercising to help prevent or heal from a knee injury.

This sleek, sweat-wicking athletic knee brace is a great solution for the many causes of knee pain when walking, running, hiking, jogging or engaging in other types of physical activity. Exercising is important to maintain good health but only if your kneecap is stabilized so that injuries and additional damage doesn’t occur.

  1. Low-Profile Open Patella Design

At just 6” tall in the front and 3.5” tall in the back, this lightweight, open patella knee sleeve covers no more of your leg than necessary. The open-patella design of this small and short knee support improves its flexibility and keeps pressure off your sore kneecap, while the popliteal area at the back of your knee is closed for added support and compression.

  1. Innovative, Fastener Strapping System

Another outstanding feature of this patella tracking brace is its advanced D-ring and fastener strapping system, which makes it easy to apply, remove, and adjust. Simply loosen or tighten the fasteners to change the level of compression.

The medical-grade fastener straps are 10 times stronger than the retail-grade fastener you’ll find on braces at Target, Walmart, your local drugstore, or other online orthopedic brace retailers. Medical-grade fastener is meant to open and close 900 times, unlike retail-grade fastener, which is only meant to open and close 90 times.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Knee Support Brace

  • What conditions does this knee brace treat? Use for patellar tracking disorder, patella subluxation or dislocation, patellofemoral pain syndrome, light MCL and LCL injury prevention, meniscus pain, knee sprains, knee arthritis, runner’s knee, jumper’s knee, chondromalacia, patellar tendonitis, and more.
  • Who can wear it? With sizes ranging from S to 4XL, anyone from kids and teens to plus size adults can wear this knee brace.

  • How do I know what size to get? Using a fabric tape measure, stand up and measure the circumference around 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 photos above to choose the right size.

  • How do I put it on? First, loosen the straps; make sure they remain in the rings. Next, position the brace on the affected side and slide it over the knee. Make sure the seam is placed on the back of the knee. Also, your kneecap should be centered in the opening with the support placed on the rim of your kneecap. Finally, adjust each strap to a desired tension or comfort level.

  • Can I wear this brace over my pants? Yes, but this knee brace is meant to fit against your skin for a better grip. It can be worn above tight pants or leggings if necessary.

  • How tall is this patella tracker knee brace? 6” tall in the front and 3.5” tall in the back.

  • What material is this brace made of?3/16” thick, latex-free, breathable neoprene alternative and a rubber compression mold buttress. Elastic strap is made with medical-grade fasteners.

  • When should I wear this athletic knee wrap? This lightweight knee brace can be comfortably worn all day while sitting, standing, and during physical activity.

  • Washing Instructions: We recommend hand washing this knee brace in warm water with mild soap and then laying flat to air dry completely before reapplying.

  • Other features:

    • The seam of this athletic knee support is at the back, minimizing irritation.

    • This knee brace for sports releases heat and moisture for a cool, dry fit.

    • The compression-molded, textured buttress keeps this brace elevated on your leg.

  • Color: Black

The sizing chart for the short knee brace comes in size small through 4XL fitting knees from 12 inches up to 28 inches
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    robert u.
    United States United States
    Worse knee pain

    I used the brace while bicycling to help with patella tracking until I get into rehab for runners knee. My knee hurt significantly worse after wearing it for one bicycling workout, which was odd because I was really just trying out the brace while bicycling to get comfortable with it before running while wearing it. I was in pain for the whole next day. I usually ride a bicycle because I have no issues with knee pain with my condition. I will not use it again. It seemed to fit correctly per the size guide and instructions. The return policy also prohibits returning something that has been worn while working out. Consider this before your purchase.

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    Rex R.
    United States United States
    BraceAbility review

    I think the knee sleeve I received from BraceAbility has worked well to give my knee the support it needs. I have tried support sleeves from other places and the one I now use from BraceAbility has performed the best for me.

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    Cindy S.
    United States United States
    Life Saver

    My knees dislocate laterally (a life long problem)! I have not been able to find a brace that is comfortable enough to wear all day that prevents my dislocations especially as they have gotten worse. I put them on in the morning and keep them on all day. So far it has helped me prevent, what would have been, 2 dislocations! most braces don't work any more or are too uncomfortable so I end up taking them off. Thank you! your product is a life saver for me!

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    Jennifer H.
    United States United States
    Knee brace

    For me it needs to be wider because it ride up from the bottom when I bent my knee.

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    Patty M.
    United States United States
    Good brace

    I needed a patellar stabilizing brace. Love this one. It is supportive and not too bulky like others I’ve tried.

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