Preventive benefits of wearing a knee brace while travelling
In addition to helping relieve the sensation of stiffness or pain in the knees during travel, a knee brace can also reduce pressure on the joint and help you get up faster and walk better.
There are many types of knee braces. Which one is right for you will depend on the nature of your condition and the type of activities you want to do with it.
For example, a patella brace will be appropriate for people with certain chronic conditions such as patellofemoral syndrome, osteoarthritis, tendonitis or dislocation of the patella. The knee brace will help reduce the harmful effects of prolonged immobility.
For people who do not have a chronic condition but are concerned that a long plane or car ride will affect the health of their knees, a support knee brace made of an elastic material will provide increased long-term comfort and reduce the risk of knee pain or stiffness.
A suitable knee brace for the climate
Tropical climate and high temperatures
Ensure comfort: If you wear a rigid knee support, make sure it won’t be too bulky for the activities you have planned at your destination.
Some soft knee braces are designed to be highly breathable, which is great in hot weather because they wick away moisture quickly.
Avoid: If you wear a knee brace for medical reasons, your doctor may have already told you what activities to avoid. On a tropical vacation, it can be tempting to go to the beach or soak your feet in the sea. Some splints are simply not designed for that environment.
Cold climate and low temperatures
Ensure comfort: A knee brace should not be worn over loose clothing. Conversely, tight-fitting pants or sweatpants may not be appropriate if you wear a knee brace underneath. Make sure you have the appropriate warm clothing to accommodate your knee brace.
Avoid: Intense winter activities that could threaten the health of your knees or the proper functioning of your knee brace are obviously not recommended. Some knee braces designed to be worn during physical activity can do the trick even in winter, as long as they are worn under warm, loose-fitting clothing that does not restrict your comfort or keep you from safely doing the activity you want to do.