How to Stop Your Knee Brace from Sliding Down

Combat knee brace migration and increase comfort with Bracelayer® Compression Gear

Why is Your Knee Brace Slipping?

To understand how to stop your knee brace from slipping, it’s a good idea to understand why your knee brace is falling down in the first place.  Even when you are wearing your knee brace correctly, more often than not, there will be distal migration or sliding of the knee brace down the leg. This is a very common problem. 

Fundamentally, you’re fighting gravity. All the straps on your knee brace are desperately battling against that constant force that only those who have experienced outer space-like environments have escaped. All day, every day, gravity is doing its best to pull your knee brace down.

Another major issue that causes knee braces to slip is that the circumference of your thigh is greater than the circumference of your calf. If you think of strapping your knee brace to an upside-down traffic cone, it’s pretty easy to imagine why it’s prone to slip down.

And if you combine these first few reasons why your knee braces slide down with the fact that if you are training hard, you are sweating, and that is a recipe for distal migration.

Thankfully, when it comes to your conical-shaped legs, there is the gastrocnemius muscle. This muscle is what creates that little “shelf” on the back of your calf. Ensuring that your brace fits correctly and a strap can be snugged down right above the gastrocnemius muscle is essential in your battle against a migrating brace.

Bracelayer DonJoy Knee Brace Compression Pants

Another major and fundamental issue you face with your brace is the hinge. Many companies use a polycentric hinge, which centers the hinge over the center of the knee. Unfortunately, this does not allow for the roll and glide movement of the knee. If you’ve not gotten your brace yet, or are looking for a new brace, make sure you talk to your physical therapist, orthopedic specialist, and doctor about the exact kind of hinge in the brace—push to get a roll and glide hinge. A qualified professional will also be able to accurately measure and fit you for your new brace.

Not The Best Ideas from the Internet

One person seeking advice for how to keep knee brace from slipping down through the Knee Guru forum wrote: “I have tightened it so much that I have pressure ridges all up and down my leg--and I can't even walk from the bedroom to the living room before the things fall down around my ankle and the opening for the patella is on my shin!”

Ideas started tumbling in, with people suggesting everything from an ace wrap under the brace to self-adhesive tape. In other places on the internet, you’ll find people building makeshift solutions. One video blogger suggests using sticky-back, hook velcro and attaching a thin rubber material to the back of it. The velcro part can then be attached to the inside of the knee brace, while the rubber will have more grasp on your pants or skin, preventing the brace from migrating.

Another suggestion floating out there is the idea of wearing a compression sleeve over the top of your knee brace, with the hope of pressing it tighter against your skin or clothing to cause more friction and prevent gravity from tugging it down.

There is also the idea of combining several options, such as using a compression wrap or wearing tights or a compression sleeve over the top. Though everyone seems to be trying to develop a solution, nobody seems particularly happy with what they were doing.

Bracelayer Compression Gear fits comfortably under custom knee braces and stops them from sliding down the leg during activity and they also help limit skin trauma caused by knee brace straps.

So, How Do Bracelayer® Pants Stop my Knee Brace From Sliding Down?

Bracelayer Tri-Tech compression is constructed with an internal layer of thin, medical-grade, perforated neoprene; the pliable and textured nature of this layer helps 'lock' hard shell knee braces into place and the anti-bacterial and moisture wicking Lycra® base ensures maximum comfort and draws moisture away from the skin to help stop distal migration.

You may find that you have to loosen your brace straps off a bit when you wear the brace with our pants but our compression pants are thin enough to comfortably sift under most DonJoy, Ossur, Generation II, CTi, and other custom-made, hinged knee braces.

A Real Solution to Distal Migration

With the right compression pants, you can prevent the distal migration of a custom knee brace.

The right compression pants mean that it will no longer be necessary to tug up you brace mid-stride on your morning jog. Additionally, the right compression pants can limit skin trauma caused by the friction of knee brace straps.

With the mission “to improve athletic performance, speed recovery, and reduce pain through the targeted compression and stabilization of key muscles and joints,” Bracelayer has designed exactly those compression pants. Pants that provide support for your knee, while also preventing your knee brace from slipping.

The innovative Bracelayer compression pants are designed with a supportive Tri-Tech compression layer around the knee, which also insulates your IT bands, hips, and lumbar. The layer is made from the compression fabric and has a thin layer of medical grade perforated neoprene on top, which is then covered with a compression mesh.

  • Increase Stability & Balance

    • Our Tri-Tech construction uses medical-grade, perforated neoprene to provide targeted compression to the knees and core which helps to increase stability & balance.
  • Reduce Knee Pain & Control Swelling

    • The targeted knee compression provided by the Tri-Tech layer also helps to relieve minor aches and pains in the knee as well as control inflammation. 
  • Added Protection & Injury Prevention

    • The addition of neoprene around the knees, hips and along the IT bands adds an extra layer of protection and help to keep the joints insulated and operating at optimal temperatures to prevent injury.
  • Anti-Bacterial Treated Fabrics

    • Bracelayer Compression Gear has undergone an anti-bacterial treatment to fight off harmful microbes and keep you feeling fresh & odor free!
  • Stop Custom Knee Braces from Slipping

    Rigid, hinged knee braces worn to combat severe knee instability are known to migrate down the leg. The texture of the Tri-Tech layer helps lock knee braces in place and stop them from sliding down the leg. 

What Bracelayer Compression Pant is best to pair with my knee brace?

The KX2 Full-Length

  • The original knee stabilizing compression pant was designed by someone who has been wearing customs knee braces for over 20 years. 
  • 215 gsm anti-microbial and moisture wicking Lycra
  • 2 mm medical-grade, ventilated neoprene
  • No-slip waistband and flat-lock stitching

The KXV 3/4 Length

  • The KXV is out thinnest and most breathable Bracelayer and pairs great with hard shell knee braces.
  • 195 gsm anti-microbial and moisture wicking Lycra
  • 1.5 mm medical-grade, ventilated neoprene
  • Compression mesh below the knee with no slip-cuff and waistband

WHAT DO OTHER CUSTOM KNEE BRACE WEARERS SAY?

Here are a few reviews from some satisfied customers:

"Dear Bracelayer, I've only worn my pants twice, but I don't think it's too early to say I love you. They kept my brace in place so between not having to stop and adjust, and not slowing down because of chafing I dropped almost a full minute/mile between Monday and today. And, my non-braced knee isn't aching."

— BECKY M.
Women's KX2 Full-Length

"Love how these pants lock my Cti custom knee brace in place. I mountain biked all day and didn't have to stop and re-adjust my brace once. That's a first!"

— Dan T.
Men's KX2 Full-Length

"A must have for anyone who wears a hinged knee brace. "

— Bruce J.
Men's KXV 3/4 Length

"Best. Product. Ever. 
Normally my DonJoy slides around a fair bit skiing. NOT ANYMORE! Got to spend an epic pow weekend actually enjoying it and not constantly readjusting the brace. 
So impressed!!!!! "

— Sarah I.
Women's KXV 3/4 Length

"Finally something that stops my knee brace straps from digging into my skin. Extra support on my other knee is a bonus too :) "

— Sarah I.
Women's KX2 Alpine