A custom knee brace is manufactured based on precise measurements of your leg and tailored for your specific injury, goals and activity. This process creates a brace that fits better, will be more comfortable, more supportive, won’t slide down, lets your leg breath more and fits slimmer under clothing. Custom knee braces are more durable, offer better warranties and have more color, accessory options and can be adjusted for your specific activity and injury.
Non-custom braces won’t capture knee joint angle or larger thigh to calf, calf to thigh ratios, have only a select number of sizes and tend to stretch and not fit well after short term use. Custom is the most effective way to both stabilize and protect your knee joint.
Depending on the manufacturer, they are usually made of metal, plastic and various soft materials. Metal frames can be made with titanium, carbon fiber, aluminum or magnesium. Each material has its benefits, Probracing can help recommend the best product for your needs.
1) Custom Ligament Knee Braces:
These braces provide support for a stretched and/or torn knee ligament because of its rigid frame and unique strapping design. Common knee ligament injuries include: ACL injuries (anterior cruciate ligament), MCL injuries (medial collateral ligament), LCL injuries (lateral collateral ligament), PCL injures (posterior collateral ligament).
2) Custom Cartilage Knee Braces:
These braces support the knee joint by reducing movement and create “unloading (taking pressure off)” the affected part of the joint when necessary. Common knee cartilage injuries include: Osteoarthritis (knee joint arthritis), Meniscus (medial or lateral joint).
3) General knee Instability and Support Knee Braces
You may have knee pain, discomfort, and instability with certain sports and activities. A custom knee brace can help provide you with the most protection and support.
A referral is not needed to be fit for a knee brace. However, every insurance has specific requirements for them to cover the cost, some plans require a doctor’s referral in order to get reimbursed.
We have helped many clients with private insurance, WSIB and ODSP coverage, contact us for more information.
In the Greater Toronto Area, custom knee braces can cost 2-3 times more than a non-custom brace. WSIB, ODSP and private insurance plans will often cover the full cost. OHIP will not cover the cost of your knee brace.
All levels of activity from walking, standing, hiking, jogging, running, twisting, jumping and all sports participation. Many clients have continued to participate in regular exercise and recreational activities, such as golf, hiking, tennis, gym participation and gardening while wearing a custom knee brace.
There are many factors used to determine the best custom knee product for you. Your specific injury, unique measurements, the angle of your leg bones, how much adipose tissue versus muscle, your calf/thigh measurements, weight, height, experience with bracing, activities you plan to participate in, overall goals etc.