08 April 2008 21:25
I've got wear and tear on my knees after years of abuse. I've bought some knee supports but after hours on the hills the backs of my knees are red raw. Can you recommend a better type of support?
By Country Walking magazine
We contacted Chartered Physiotherapist Dean Payne of Optimum Sports Performance Centre for advice:
“This can be a real problem with what I guess you are using - a neoprene support - for any prolonged amount of time. Depending on what exactly is causing your knee pain then a number of options may be available, e.g. if the problem is with the kneecap then there are supports that look just like a strap that may ease the discomfort.
“However if stability/heat for the whole knee is needed then a support with the back cut away may be better. Another useful strategy is to try wearing tubigrip underneath the support, but make sure that this doesn't make the whole support too tight.
“Also make sure that the support is kept clean since sweat may irritate the skin. Ask a local physiotherapist to source a support if you are having difficulty locating a specific type.”
www.optimum-spc.com, 01582 418952