Factors to consider when buying a plus size knee brace
If you happen to come across a hinged knee brace that comes highly recommended, but it’s not in the review list above, below are some factors you should consider to the quality or disqualify its purchase.
The knee brace should have an open design around the knee-cap and behind the knee. This opening helps to improve airflow and prevent sweating as well as improve mobility. It also reduces friction on the knee cap. You might have noticed that most knee braces on our list have this open front design. And others like the Hinged Knee Brace Support with Strap & Side Patella Stabilizers have a reverse open design.
The heavy-duty hinges should be made from high-quality yet lightweight material like aluminum. These hinges help to minimize motion towards unwanted directions and making the pain and inflammation worse. In the Hinged Knee Brace with Strap, Adjustable Leg Stabilizer Post OP Recovery Immobilization Splint, the aluminum hinges shield the knee joints from excessive pressure as it recovers from surgery.
Any knee brace with a simple wrap around is easy to wear. Also, the Velcro straps make adjusting the fit a walk in the park. The fit you need depends on the size of your leg and the level of support you need.
The best knee brace for plus size individuals is lightweight, meaning it doesn’t weigh you down. The lightweight design also means you can carry it to anywhere. The Hinged Knee Brace Support with Strap & Side Patella Stabilizers is a perfect example.
In addition to being lightweight, the material should be breathable and washable for easier cleaning and improved comfort.
Types of knee braces for overweight people
XXXL knee braces fall under different categories:
Knee compression sleeves
Knee compression sleeves are made to protect the knee from sustaining future knee injuries through compression. The knee sleeves help in controlling knee pain and inflammation and in improving blood flow to the knee joints. Finally, the knee sleeve are ideal for overweight people suffering from mild knee pain.
Hinged knee braces
This is the type physicians recommend to overweight people nursing a knee surgery and who need excellent support to prevent a reoccurrence. They prevent the misalignment of joints when making sudden moves.
The best knee braces for overweight men and women features dual-axis polycentric hinges. These hinges offer optimal plus-size knee support and can be removed easily. In comparison to hinged knee braces, they are flexible and cheaper.
We also classify them at Extra Large Living as Bariatric knee braces as well as the Best knee brace for arthritis.