Orthoses for skiing and snowboarding

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are activities that can cause knee pain. Can you hit the slopes safely despite knee pain? Yes, absolutely. With orthoses, many people enjoy a double bonus: pain relief and continued fun on the mountain.


Benefits of support from a knee brace or orthosis

Knee protection

The number one reason to opt for a knee brace or orthosis is to protect your knee. Whatever the source of your discomfort—old injury, weak knee, osteoarthritis, biomechanics issue or overuse—you certainly don’t want to aggravate it.

An orthotic device hugs the knee, holds it steady and helps the muscles contract more quickly. This controls twisting and helps you feel more stable and in control. It’s a good way to prevent accidents.


Pain relief

Reason number two: orthoses relieve knee pain. They take pressure off the joint and help the leg do the work. They also limit joint fatigue, so you can stay out on the slopes longer.

Choose your support for skiing or snowboarding

The solution you choose will depend on your physical condition and how much support you need.

Prefabricated knee orthoses

Prefabricated knee orthoses are widely available. Each type meets a particular need.


Sports knee brace

Basic knee braces provide light support. They are flexible, comfortable and easy to put on. They are used to prevent new and recurring injuries in low-intensity activities. They also help injured skiers get back in the game.

This category includes a range of models, fabrics and compression levels. Feel free to consult an orthotist at Médicus for help choosing the right sports knee brace for your needs.


Patella or ligament brace

This type of support is a little more specialized. Patella braces are designed to control the kneecap. Ligament braces, on the other hand, help spare ligaments during healing after an injury such as a sprained knee.

Manufacturers offer a range of technologies for your comfort:

  • Breathable fabric
  • Proprioceptive massage effect
  • Reinforcing straps or stays
  • Pads

Both of these low-profile knee braces can be adapted to your typical day on the mountain.

There is no shortage of options. To get it right and make the best choice the first time, consider consulting an orthotist at Médicus.



Knee splints provide mechanical assistance to support the muscles and ligaments. They help your joint move while relieving the pressure causing you pain. Compared to knee braces, splints have a rigid structure. But the technology is so advanced that splints allow you to ski with ease. The increased support they provide:

  • Reduces pain
  • Decreases muscle fatigue
  • Increases power
  • Improves safety

Custom knee orthosis – EVOKETM

Among custom options, the EVOKETM orthosis, offered exclusively at Médicus, is ideal for skiers and snowboarders with knee osteoarthritis because it mimics the natural movement of the knee. The EVOKETM orthosis:

  • Reduces and distributes the load on the joint
  • Fits like a glove (thanks to 3D print scanning technology)
  • Is remarkably light and comfortable
  • Is easy to put on
  • Features a discreet and minimalist design

Find out more from an orthotist at Médicus. Getting back to the fun and excitement of snowy trails may be easier than you think.

Compression stockings

Wearing compression stockings during or after skiing (or any other physical activity) improves blood flow and recovery time.

  • Alleviates the feeling of heavy legs
  • Increases endurance
  • Reduces muscle vibration
  • Decreases periostitis and calf cramps

Why do you have knee pain on the slopes?

Everyone has their own reasons. The pain may be the result of an injury following trauma. For example, sprained knees are among the most common injuries in skiing or snowboarding. Cruciate ligament ruptures, fractures and meniscus injuries also make the list.

And it’s not just accidents. Overuse of the knee, whether daily or even during other physical activities, can cause a sensation of strain or burning. Many physical conditions could also be the source of your torment: weak knee, lower body misalignment, osteoarthritis.


When in doubt, ask your doctor if you have the green light for skiing or snowboarding. If so, consider consulting a specialist at Médicus for help finding the best support options for your condition.

Make an appointment with an orthotist today!