Thursday, June 20, 2013

Trying out knee braces as RA hits those joints

Today in RA fashion! I'm trying out knee braces because the knee joints have been on fire of late (the left is worse), and walking has become painful. So to get back out walking for exercise -- and to make that Brooklyn Bridge walk in a couple of weeks for my 50th birthday I need the additional support there.

The black soft brace (Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap is pretty comfortable and gives good support. But it was hard to be comfortable most of the day in it because it got hot from that neoprene. Also, when I took it off at the end of the day, my leg was pretty sore from the compression. I think this would do well for high-impact/short term wear, like for walks.

The smaller brace, the OTC KNEED-IT Therapeutic Knee Guard is more comfortable and cooler for all day use. It's fairly early in the day, and I don't know if it will provide as much support around the patella and tendons. Right now this one seems the winner for daily support.

The shoe of the day in Photo 1 on the left is Easy Spirit "Riptide." The second one is Easy Spirit "Poinsettia."

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