Donjoy Defiance Wearing & Maintenance Instructions

Donjoy Defiance Wearing Instructions

Step 1
Donjoy Defiance Wearing Step 1
  • Sit at the edge of a stable chair, with your leg bent about 45 degrees, foot flat on the floor
Step 2
Donjoy Defiance Wearing Step 2
  • With the straps undone, step through the brace (do not take straps 4/5 out of anti-migration strap belt loops)
  • Line the center of the hinges with the top of your knee cap (fig 2A)
  • Push the hinges slightly back behind the midline of your knee (fig 2B)
Step 3
Donjoy Defiance Wearing Step 3
  • Secure the anti-migration strap (second strap from the bottom, under strap #4)
  • Do not secure the outer strap #4, this will be done later
Step 4
Donjoy Defiance Wearing Step 4
  • Secure bottom front shin strap #1 (fig 4A)
  • Secure top thigh strap #2 (fig 4B)
  • Make sure the hinges do not move forward while doing up the straps, push them slightly back and reposition if necessary
Step 5
Donjoy Defiance Wearing Step 5
  • Secure lower thigh strap #3 (fig 5A)
  • Secure upper front shin strap #4 (fig 5B)
Step 6
Donjoy Defiance Wearing Step 6
  • Secure back calf strap #5 in a standing position so it sits gently on your calf (you do not have to undo this strap for future use)
  • Stand up and make sure straps are snug but comfortable

Common Problems and Solutions

  • There is gapping around the hinges: some gapping is normal given the size of the hinge, however make sure you start with the brace a little higher and further back on your leg prior to putting the brace on
  • The brace slides down my leg when wearing it: make sure to start with the brace a little higher on your leg and the hinges should be pushed further back, the antimigration strap and strap #4 can be put on tighter, but don’t tighten strap #2 and #3 on the thigh as much, this may slowly push the brace lower.
  • My skin is getting red and my knee is more soar with the brace: make sure to slowly increase the time your brace is worn over the course of 1-2 weeks with progressively more strenuous activity. For example, first sit with the brace for a day or two, then start walking with progressively more time with the brace on, as you get used to this and your knee is not getting soar, then move towards increasing the time and activity ie. running or sports. It is normal for it to take 1-2 weeks to get used to a new custom knee brace.

Donjoy Defiance Maintenance Instructions

Cleaning Instructions

  • use a damp cloth to wipe the brace
  • brace is fully waterproof and can be hand washed with water and/or mild soap, including all pads and liners
  • rinse the brace well with cold water to remove any soap 
  • let brace air dry 
  • don’t take off pads and straps to clean the brace, as straps placement can get mixed up
  • brace should be cleaned regularly based on type of activity and amount of sweat
  • let brace air dry after heavy use (don’t leave in bags)

If Brace Starts to Squeak

  • use air duster or air compressor to blow out dust in hinge
  • put a few drops of teflon lubricant in the back of hinge
    • don’t use WD-40 or other grease based lubricants as it can damage the hinge
    • only use teflon based lubricants
  • bend and straighten brace several times and let it sit overnight
  • repeat steps above if noise persists

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