Those of you who have been following along know that I am coming up on my three-year mark of the accident that shattered my knee ( it did more, but that seems to be the longest lasting effect).
I still wear a brace almost every day. I have gathered a plethora; light knits and compressions and hefty ones for the actual running. I may be addicted, as I am always looking for the “perfect” brace that won’t slide and will give excellent support.
Sometimes at home I don’t wear one–but I can always go grab one if needed. I am amazed at how a little piece of compression nylon can make my leg feel so much better. I have tried to not use them at various points in the last couple years, and my leg always informs me the it really does still need them.
And the point of this, you are wondering?
I had a wonderful surgeon who rebuilt my knee, and I am deeply indebted to him. He was supportive about my future progress, although he really didn’t think I would like running. But he never suggested the knee supports.
That was a light bulb moment for me in the local drug store. And I am so glad I stopped in front of the brace section that day. I probably wouldn’t enjoy running without the braces; both the heavier ones for exercising and the lighter ones for every day.
But the point. The point is that sometimes you have to think outside the box, and if you want to try something, do it. Absolutely do whatever your doctor suggests, but feel free to add-on (safely-I would suggest caution when it comes to unusual medications. There was a very low risk factor putting a nylon brace on my leg!). You never know what will help your progress until you try. And if it doesn’t work, try something else!