/ Chondromalacia patellae -- kneestrap experiences?
I have a Chondromalacia patellae condition in my knee. Doctors say there is nothing they can do to make things better. Google search on external knee bracers suggested that kneestrap would be recommended for this condition.
Has anyone used such/similar strap on this type of condition? Would you share your experiences with me?
The strap (to the best of my understanding) is supposed to apply pressure to the spot just under patellae. I fear the strap would either fall off or bite horribly to the back of my knee when I bend my knee close (or over) 90 degree angle.
How well will the strap keep in place or is it prone to fall off?
Will the strap bite the back of the knee?
I hope to get back to climbing and hiking. In these activities the knee will have to bend quite a bit. Having the strap fall off (or bite into my flesh) periodically would be a major inconvenience.
All of the more sturdy bracers seem to be aimed at other types of issues with the knee (between the shin bone and thigh bone).
Can you give any pointers or recommendations?
I use Elastic Adhesive Bandage. 2.5 cm wide and about two turns around. Works well. Shave your knee before application.
I sometimes use a LP patella brace ( https://www.support4physio.com/lp-sports-patella-band?filter_name=patella&filter_description=tru... ) for a creeky knee. It's neoprene and velcro and doesn't signficantly bite into the back of the knee, or fall off under any type of use. It seems to reduce my knee pain if I bump up my mileage. Probably worth a try for something that costs a about a tenner.
Have you consulted a physio and / or a podiatrist about this? Ordinary quacks are notoriously shit about sports injuries. Often there is something that can be done.
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