How to Reduce Knee Stress with a Few Options
You might be reluctant to live an active life and further worsen your achy joints if you have osteoarthritis in your knee. This is where assistive devices come in. In addition to reducing knee stiffness and pain, they can improve mobility and help you stay independent.
Assistive devices and orthotics assist you in holding objects, opening and closing things, shifting weight while in motion, or even walking. When a knee joint is painful (arthritic), it is important to strike a balance between using it and resting it. By shifting weight off of a joint, assistive devices and orthotics may reduce stress on a joint when exercise does not control pain.
Here are some suggestions that could help you move around better and make daily activities easier.
Insoles for knee pain are the easiest way to prevent knee pain, one of the most common ailments adults suffer from. It's that easy.
The misalignment of our knees often results in discomfort and pain while walking. By cushioning ankles and knees, insoles in footwear reduce discomfort.
An insole like PediFix® Heel Straights absorbs shock, aligns the posture, and corrects how you walk. Furthermore, it helps prevent further knee injuries by relieving pressure and strain. When choosing an insole, always pick one that is right for you and gives you the most stability, support, and comfort.
Knee side stabilizers
An osteoarthritis knee brace can help manage pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. Using a brace can help reduce knee pain by shifting your weight away from the most damaged part of your knee. By wearing a brace, you can get around more easily and walk farther comfortably.
In general, knee stabilizers should be worn when playing high-contact sports in which the risk of knee injury is higher if you have knee pain or want to prevent injuries. An ACL injury may also require knee braces for rehabilitative purposes.
Physical therapist Becky Thompson, PT, CSCS, at Gwinnett Medical Center in Atlanta, says an unloader brace helps shift weight away from the damaged or affected part of the knee.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends simple braces to help keep bones in place and alleviate pain, such as neoprene sleeves with knee-shaped cutouts. You might need a hinged knee brace if your knee requires immobilization (for example, if you've recently undergone surgery).
The patella brace keeps the kneecap in place during exercise. A compression sleeve can relieve pain from bruised knees, mild arthritis, runner's knee, or minor sprains. Patella braces are often used to treat conditions such as chondromalacia.
This mild knee support may be used for injuries such as knee sprains, knee strains, arthritis, and sports injuries. This knee support is scientifically designed to prevent damage and support the knee. Besides running, jumping, and squatting in the gym, it can also be used for other activities.
By wrapping this simple band just below your knee, you can reduce strain on the hard-working tendon connecting your patella (kneecap) and tibia (shinbone). The brace offers just enough support and stability to ease the pain that may arise during physical activity.
When a knee is sore or painful, many people use a cane. It is less cumbersome to use a cane than crutches or a walker. Using a single-point cane is another option if your knee is weak and not painful.
Using your cane while you have a sore leg is common practice. However, this is a myth. To use the cane, you must use the hand opposite the bad leg. It will support you when you are weight-bearing on a sore leg.
Note: You can keep your balance when you walk by using a walking cane or walking stick. Put the cane or walking stick in the opposite hand of the painful knee.
Getting back on your feet after knee surgery or injury is very important. While your knee is healing, you will need assistance with walking. When your knee is only a little weak or painful, or if you need only a little support and stability, use crutches after a knee injury or surgery.
Ask your health care provider if a walker might be better for you if you suffer from pain, weakness, or difficulty with balance.
By relying on your arms to support your weight and propel yourself forward when you walk, you can reduce the strain that your knees receive. Physical therapist Matt Likins, MPT, OCS, at 1st Choice Physical Therapy in Sterling Heights, Michigan, warns that you need to be more agile to use them effectively.
With these long-handled tools i.e., reachers, you can pick up things off the floor or other low surfaces using the grabbing mechanism. The devices can also prevent you from losing your balance because they reduce the bending you have to do, which further wears down cartilage or causes bones to rub against each other.
Grab bars, also known as wall bars, are safety mechanisms used to prevent a person from losing balance, reduce fatigue when standing, redistribute their weight comfortably while maneuvering, and, most importantly, give them something to grab onto in case of a slip or fall.
When people with knee pain get up from a seated position, like the toilet, they have trouble transferring their weight to their knees. Grab bars may also be useful in the shower so that you have something to grab onto when getting up.
It is hard to keep up with daily activities because of knee pain. You can alleviate this pain by using a few simple tools. Among the options for walking are custom shoes, specially designed knee inserts, patella pads, knee stabilizers, canes, crutches, and even walkers. Your doctor can help you choose which is best for you. A cane not of the right height can be more harmful than helpful. So Choose Wisely!