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Knee Brace – Use and Care

Wear in Schedule

It is necessary to follow a gradual increase in wear to build up your skin and soft tissue tolerance to the brace. Unless otherwise instructed, begin by wearing the brace two to three hours your first day. Add one hour per day as tolerated until you are comfortable wearing the brace full time and do not experience any red marks or pressure sores on the skin.

The knee brace ordered by your provider is designed to help support your knee. It is to be worn during waking hours or for specific activities, which you may want to discuss with the ordering provider.


Most knee braces are intended to be worn directly next to the skin. A well-fitted, wrinkle-free cotton sleeve can also be worn to help minimize skin irritation, absorb perspiration, and contain soft tissues. This can improve suspension of the brace to the leg.

Skin Care

Check your skin after every wear period for any new signs of redness or irritation. This is especially important if you are diabetic or have a lack of protective sensation in your legs. Your brace should fit snugly but not cause any pain, bruises, or blisters. Some amount of pinkness is expected in areas of maximum correction or support. Any redness should disappear within 15 minutes of removing the brace. If you feel pain, or if redness on your skin lasts more than 15 minutes, call the office to schedule a followup appointment to have the brace adjusted.

It is important to keep your skin clean to avoid irritations. Mild soap and water are recommended. Do not use lotions, oils, or ointments under your brace. If needed use sparingly and allow to dry before putting the brace on.

Care of your Brace

When to Call for an appointment

You should see a bracing specialist for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks of receiving your brace. Please call if you notice the following:

Never attempt to adjust or repair the inserts yourself.

If you have questions, you are always welcome to reach out to us and we are ready to assist.

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